More details of Transformers sequel


The latest “Transformers” sequel has already experienced all kinds of excitement and it hasn’t even hit the movie theatres as yet.

Transformers 4” suffered mishaps when its director Michael Bay was assaulted in Hong Kong while there were two robberies on the set of the film but now that the shooting has finally begun Bay has let out a few secrets. The film will star Mark Wahlberg with appearances fromStanley TucciKelsey GrammerSophia Myles, and Titus Welliver.

Bay has revealed that no major damage as in “destroying” of Hong Kong in the film. However it does appear that a lot of explosives were used in the production in the city.

The Autobots led by Optimus Prime will be in the city although it isn’t quite clear what their mission is: It seems they will be on a rescue mission.

Some heroics and meetings of the Transformers with another set of Transformers is also said to occur and the heroes of the piece may be required to claw their way out of a deep hole.

Transformers: Age of Extinction” is due to hit theatres in June 2014.


Delicacies for Cosmin and Simian

The collaborations in electronic music continue as Cosmin TRG and Simian Mobile Disco have become the latest to work together on a project.

The partnership will see Cosmin and the London-based electronic music duo Simian working on a pair of tracks that will be released on the Delicacies label owned by Simian sometime next month. This will be the second collaboration of the year on the Delicacies label as Simian also teamed up early in 2013 on a track with Bicep. That was on the Sacrifice 12-inch disc.

This latest two-track EP will also follow a culinary theme with the tracks being named “Surstromming” which is a Swedish plate while the second is “Sannakji” which is a Korean dish.

Surstromming is apparently a putrid smelling dish and the Korean delight is a dish of octopus tentacles which is served while the beast is still in full movement.

The pair is set to do a gig together at the Delicatessen nightclub in London on Saturday, December 7.

Cosmin TRG has been invited as a guest of Simian Mobile Disco on the night at the XOYO. Simian has worked in the past with such acts as Florence and the Machine, Peaches, and Arctic Monkeys.


Fish and Broccoli Pasta, tasty health

There aren’t many dishes that are as healthy as those that involve fish. Fish is light and low in calories and mixed with pasta can be also easy to prepare.

To make the Fish Broccoli pasta you will need 700g haddock, skinned and boned, 375g linguine, 250g broccoli, broken up into small floret, salt and black pepper, 125g cream, 125g stock, 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped, juice and grated rind of 1 lemon, 1 handful parsley, chopped, and 2 handfuls watercress or spinach leaves, roughly torn.

To prepare, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water as per the instructions on the packet.  Add the broccoli.  Drain and return to the saucepan, along with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking liquid.  Keep warm the fish cooks and you make the sauce. Heat the grill.  Lightly oil a baking tray and place the fish on it and season with salt and pepper.

Cook under the hot grill for 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish flakes easily. Put the cream and stock in a saucepan along with the garlic, chillies, lemon juice and rind and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes.  Stir the mixture and the watercress and parsley through the pasta.  Then flake the fish and gently stir it in.


Lyon, capital of gastronomy

Lyon is a city in France somewhere between the major cities of Paris and Marseille. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its major landmarks and is also known as a gastronomic capital of France.

It is the home of cinematography which was developed there by the Lumiere brothers. The city is also home to the Festival of Lights. For those who like sport there is French Ligue 1 football in the Olympique Lyonnais club.

Some of the best sights in Lyon include the Pont Bonaparte, Pont Lafayette, Place Bellecour, Basilique de Notre Dame de Fourviere, Tour Metal, Saint Francis of Sales, Opera Nouvel, trompe d’oeil, African Museum of Lyon, and the Museum of Resistance and Deportation.

As a capital of gastronomy some important cuisine to the city includes the wine region. The Beaujolais and Cotes Du Rhone are important wines from the region. Charcuterie, saucisson de Lyon, coq au vin, gras double, marrons glaces, coussin de Lyon, and sabodet are some of the most famous dishes.

Some places to try the Lyonnais cuisine include the Archange, le Danton, Le Musee, and Glacier Terre Adelice.


Bournemouth, beach town UK

Bournemouth may just be the most popular beach town in the United Kingdom. The city is on the south coast of England and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is old with a lot of Victorian architecture including the St. Peter’s Church spire. Because of its heritage as a tourist centre, Bournemouth is rich in in culture as an entertainment, leisure, and recreation centre.

Among the landmarks are the Biscombe Pier and the Bournemouth Pier; the Bournemouth Eye, and the Pavilion Theatre. Festivals in Bournemouth include the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival, The Arts By the Sea Festival, and The Bourne Free Carnival. Of course as a beach and spa town these things are a must do in Bournemouth. There is also access to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and cinema and sports at the O2 Arena.

As is the case with any seaside city, seafood is important and in England traditional fish and chips tops the list.

Among the best budget restaurants in Bournemouth are Dosa World which serves Indian and South Sri Lankan dishes, Chez Fred which serves French cuisine, and the Goat and Tricycle.


Rum-spiked Horchata, grainy refreshment

The Horchata is a traditional beverage made from ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice, barley, or tigernuts. The name is traditionally from the Spanish region of Catalonia and the drink is served cold in the summer as a natural form of refreshment.

To make the Rum-spiked Horchata, you will need 1 cup uncooked long grain rice, 2 quarts warm water, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 1/4 cups milk, 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract , 1/4 cup rum, or to taste, and 16 cubes ice.

To prepare, mix the the rice and warm water together in a bowl and let it stand for 1/2 hour. Save the water and drain and put the rice in the bowl of a food processor. Next add the cinnamon and process until it forms a paste. Return the rice to the water and let stand it stand for at least 2 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally as the water turns milky white. Strain the rice through a fine sieve into a bowl or pitcher and stir in the milk, condensed milk, vanilla, and rum until it is evenly blended. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve divide the ice cubes between four glasses, and pour the chilled horchata.


Belgian movie producers take aim at UK

belgian_cinemaThe Belgian cinema industry is hoping to interest British producers and have been making their appeal at Cinema Made an event in London aimed at encouraging UK producers to get on board.


Belgium offers its film industry a tax shelter as well as regional film funds which it is hoped would be an added attraction to the Brits. According to one tax expert in Belgium, British producers are way behind other European countries who are taking advantage of the schemes aimed at the movie making industry.


Some of the movies that have been filmed in Belgium include “Looking for Eric” a movie about the former France international footballer Eric Cantona, “Parade’s End”, and “The Winter Queen”. But the British movie makers have been slow to the uptake where the Belgian offers are concerned. On the other hand, the television producers have caught hold of a good thing with the new UK TV series “Which Is Witch” being shot there.


Cinema Made attracted around 50 UK producers to the event held at Covent Garden in London. Belgian tax schemes are said to generate €200 million per annum.


Bloody Mary painting the town red


Dame Music, the imprint from Bloody Mary has been literally painting the town red lately with a number of tracks getting good reviews and marks.

Anaxander is one such artist on the label who has been earning positive reviews. Bloody Mary has a reputation of her own with house jams and dance floor tracks and she has done likewise with the Dame Music label.

Her latest gig has seen Mary as one half of the live band The Jaydes; Mary’s friend and studio partner Attan is the other half of the duo. The pair recently released the track “Step on Light”, a single on a vinyl EP. The track is melodious with some glimpses of anger.

The Jaydes are a Berlin-based group and their new self-entitled album “The Jaydes” is due in February 2014. The EP will feature nine tracks and works from other artists. The Jaydes were on Showcase in Germany at the Berlin at the Record Loft in October. The duo has started its own Facebook page.

They have also been popping up on charts as they hit The GROOVE-Magazin top selection list for the month of October as well.


Amalfi, coastal love

The town of Amalfi is high in the mountains on the Italian coast in the province of Salerno. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and used to be a stomping ground for the British upper classes.

Main sights in Amalfi include the cathedral of Sant Andrea, the campanile, the convent of Cappuccini, Chiostro del Paradiso, and the Museum of handmade paper. Amalfi is rich in culture and is famous for its lemon liqueur Limonocello and high quality hand-made paper. Festivals held annual include the feast day of St. Andrew the city’s patron saint the Byzantine New Year’s Eve and the regatta.

Country-style cooking is famous all along the Amalfi coast and some tidbits to try include cornetto which is an Italian Croissant, sfogliiatella, follarelli, pizza, mozzarella di bufala which is mozzarella cheese balls, and insalata caprese or Caprian salad.

Seafood is also a must when eating along the coast. Shellfish with pasta is just spectacular.

Some places to try along the Amalfi coast include Pizzeria Trianon da Ciro, Pasticceria Scaturchio, La TradizioneA’Sciula, and L’Antica Trattoria.


Hot Apple Cider, autumn bliss

Nothing warms you up in the dead of winter or a frosty fall night like a drink of Hot Apple Cider and the best thing about this winter treat is that it is so easy to prepare you can leave it in the pot go out and come back and it will be just right!

Hot Apple Cider which can be prepared in a slow cooker needs only four ingredients or sometimes five if you add a little rum. This recipe makes eight drinks and all it needs are 2 quarts or 8 cups of apple cider, six 3-inch cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if you so desire, 1 medium-sized orange, ⅛ cup whole cloves, Rum ( try Appleton or Jamaican white rum), and additional cinnamon sticks for serving.

To make all you will need to do is pour the apple cider into a 2.5-quart or large slow cooker. Add the cinnamon sticks to cider. Then, with a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange, about ½ inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange and place the orange into the cider in the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Once done, ladle into mugs along with an ounce or more of rum if you choose to use. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass and serve.