Quote of the Day: Freedom to do whatever you’re told

The US have already started their attack on standards, so chlorine chicken and hormone beef for the British Sunday roast post-Brexit? India will insist on visas that the UK can never give. Australia and New Zealand are a long way away and of very limited economic interest. And any deal with China will be a one-way street in terms of costs and benefits for the UK.

Phil Hogan, European commissioner for agriculture

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The Ultimate Trip

Verity Stob takes on 2001: A Space Odyssey. I was particularly amused at the idea of installing Visual Basic on the HAL 9000, but the article as a whole reminded me that it has been a long time since I last watched the film.

I really should reconnect my VHS machine (yes, it really is that long) and watch it again sometime soon.

Should, but probably won’t. I remember 2001 as being visually stunning… but slow. So slow, and so concerned with the technicalities of production that I had completely lost interest in either the story or the characters by time the final credits started to roll.

Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange are both films that I would choose to watch over 2001.

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Bug bread

The Guardian reports that a Finnish bakery has launched world’s first insect-based bread.

The bread, made using flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, has more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs €3.99 (£3.55), compared with €2-3 for a regular wheat loaf.

“It offers consumers a good protein source and also gives them an easy way to familiarise themselves with insect based food,” said Juhani Sibakov, the head of innovation at the bakery firm Fazer.

I have previously mentioned insects as a food source, and have even eaten several inset burgers. So it should come as no surprise that I think the idea of making bread out of bugs is a very good idea indeed.

I do think that innovations like this are the way to encourage Europeans to become more comfortable with the idea of insects as food. This is a good thing for a number of reasons, not least of which is that insects are a much less environmentally damaging source of protein than the large mammals we currently eat.

It seems to have gone down quite well as well:

“I don’t taste the difference … It tastes like bread,” said Sara Koivisto, a student from Helsinki, after trying the product.

Now, where’s my Marmite?

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Joke of the day

Via All Things Linguistic

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Bleeding Steel, Jackie Chan’s upcoming SF action film, looks spectacular

Even at 63, there really is no stopping Jackie Chan. In Bleeding Steel:

Chan stars as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman from a sinister criminal gang. At the same time he with feels a special connection to the young woman, like they met in a different life.

The action takes place in China and Sydney and, from the trailer, looks spectacular. According to Budomate, this is both the biggest budget Chinese production to have been shot in Australia and the first film to shoot scenes on top of the Sydney Opera House.

It’s all worth it.

The film is due to be released on 22nd December in China, and elsewhere, and I will be watching out for this.

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