October 21st, 2012

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

U2 question

This may sound a wee bit daft, but...I recently noticed that despite having a fairly eclectic music collection, I didn't (apart from anything on compilation albums) own anything by U2, so decided to put that right, thanks to the joys (which I know I've mentioned before) of being able to snaffle up whole albums for a pittance on Amazon Marketplace, sometimes as little as 1p + £1:26 p&p, which I call a bargain in anybody's language. So as well as buying Rattle & Hum (which I used to own on cassette but got rid of) I decided to get hold of The Joshua Tree.

It's all, as far as I can tell, fine but for one thing - the cover.

I'm fairly sure the only thing I've ever seen The Joshua Tree looking like is this:

That's what's on Wikipedia, that's what iTunes gave me as the cover art, that's what's on at least some (although I notice not all) copies of the album on Amazon...

But the copy I received looked like this:

Which...wasn't quite what I expected.

I mean, I'm assuming that what I've received is pukka and not some "bought it off a market stall in Hong Kong" ripoff, but I'm just curious as to why there seem to be two covers for the album. Is one the "proper" one? Which came first? Why the difference? Wikipedia, my usual "go-to" place for information, leaves me none the wiser.

Just curious...
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Okay, it's a start.

I really fancy a proper Yorkshire fish cake.

I've just found a recipe online - here, to be precise. Problem is, it involves deep fat frying, and I no longer have a deep fat fryer, I don't really want to be getting it just for this, and anyway, I think for health reasons we're better off not having one at all.

So...what I need, oh great LJ/FB/Twitter hive mind, is:

a.) a recipe which doesn't involve deep fat frying.

b.) A chippie this far south o't'Watford Gap that serves proper Yorkshire fish cakes.

or c.) any excuse/reason to head up to Sheffield. Which, going by my current commitments, won't be until the weekend of November 10th/11th at the earliest, and more likely 24th/25th. blazingskies, greyfore, anyone else up there, I know it's a long way to come just for a fish cake, but - yeah, Corp, anything else happening..?
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Geek love

I love Sarah. Absolutely to bits. There are many aspects of her personality that make me fall in love with her more and more every day.

One of the things I love most about her is her sheer, unbridled, utter geekiness.

For example, the other night I came home and found that she was watching a DVD to which she'd treated herself, about The Spartans.

I had to ask whether this for her personal interest, or for her OU degree (which, this year, is covering a lot of classical ancient world stuff). That's the sort of person Sarah is - it could, genuinely, have been either.

As it happens, it was the former, although she admitted that it might come in handy for some aspects of the course. :-)

(Incidentally, this is her final year. Hopefully, come next summer, we'll be a two-degree household. Really looking forward to her graduating and everything. Rather disappointingly, she says there will be no mortarboard. There will be a gown, though.)