If ever there was a reason not to eat a Kebab….

Doner kebab The traditional late night UK post drinking snack often tends to be the Kebab. But this repulsive (sorry to all who eat them, but they are) snack now has an additional reason for you not to eat them – and that is, do you know where the meat came from?

Take for instance this news article from SKY NEWS  about three Moscow tramps who killed and ate their victim, before selling him to a local Pie and Kebab shop: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20091115/tod-man-butchered-and-eaten-by-three-tra-870a197.html

It was not clear from the statement if the kiosk had cooked any of the man’s flesh and sold it to customers.

I only ever attempted to eat one of these on three occasions – from separate venues – and each time I was violently ill. And that is without the thought of them containing such alien flesh…. It’s a shame as back in Germany the Gyros is a proper restaurant quality meal. But I always had to sustain myself with the traditional cheeseburger or some other form of take out, until I became a Vegetarian. But even the smell of a kebab is enough to make me feel sick, let alone the thought of what they may now contain.

Feed me! Feed me now! – Li’l shop of horrors plant found

A real-life version of the man-eating plant featured in Little Shop Of Horrors has been named after Sir David Attenborough.

The carnivorous plant – discovered in the central Philippines and similar to the man-eating plant Audrey created by nerdy florist Seymour Krelborn in the 1986 film – is so big it can catch rats as well as insects in its traps.

Botanists named the remarkable plant Nepenthes attenboroughii in honour of natural history expert Sir David.

One of the scientists, Stewart McPherson, 26, said: “It’s definitely not a joke. There’s 120 different species all around the world. “This particular one was discovered as part of a survey to look at all of them. “It’s one of the largest, there’s only one or two that are any bigger. It is big enough to catch rats.”
The team said the structure of its leaves, pitchers and flowers suggests strongly that it is a close relative of the great Nepenthes rajah from Borneo and may be related to the Nepenthes flora of Palawan and Borneo.
It is one of 13 new species the team has discovered during three years of expeditions in south-east Asia.
Their findings were published in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society earlier this year.


Don’t Panic! – It’s Towel Day!

Yes folks it is Towel Day. The day when all Douglas Adams fans don a towel in celebration of his life’s work.

The original quote that referenced the greatness of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’ work The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

Personally I will be using mine to carry out bizarre grip related chin up exercises. But you are all free to do with yours as you will. Enjoy!

THE LOVERS – out soon!

The new Parker novel, THE LOVERS, will be published on June 2nd in the US, and on July 9th in the UK. The book has already received a starred review from Publishers Weekly in the US and concerns Parker’s search for the truth about his father’s death. I love the Parker books and have always believed that there was more to this backstory than meets the eye and can’t wait to finally read about it!

From Publishers Weekly:

“Bestseller [John] Connolly once again expertly melds a hard-boiled plot with the supernatural in his eighth Charlie Parker crime novel (after THE REAPERS). While previous books in the series explored the trauma at the heart of Parker’s backstory, the murder of the PI’s wife and daughter, this one examines an equally devastating family trauma– the suicide of his New York City policeman father, Will, after Will gunned down two unarmed teenagers decades earlier. As Parker, who was 15 at the time, seeks the truth about his ancestry, [SPOILER DELETED]. When he learns a pair [SPOILER DELETED] have him at the top of their hit list, he decides to return to New York City after a stint tending bar in Maine. The underlying grim sadness and Connolly’s unwillingness to pull his punches will appeal to noir fans, while his effective use of understatement and evocative prose makes his alternate universe plausible.”

Check out the prologue 

World Horror Convention 2010 – Brighton

A reason for all you Horror fans to come to Brighton in 2010: http://www.whc2010.org/news.html

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, The World Horror Convention will be held over March 25-28, 2010, in the historic Regency seaside city of Brighton, on the picturesque south coast of England. This is the first time that the event will have been held off the North American continent.

The theme is “Brighton Shock!—A Celebration of the European Horror Tradition from Victorian Times to the Present Day”, and the convention will host numerous panels, talks, presentations, readings, workshops and displays devoted to horror, macabre, mystery and thriller fiction and art in all its varied and fearsome forms.