Mixed media, 25 May 2014 (give or take)

Last week finally saw the UK release of Thumpers‘ debut album Galore. Lovely fresh summery sounds, richly textured, full of shifting accents and syncopation, with a touch of Friendly Fires. I’ve been listening to Thumpers for months, so most of the tracks were familiar already, but it’s still a delight to have them all together in a single package.

Over in Scotland this week, I watched The Devil Wears Prada on the plane over on Monday evening, end enjoyed it. (Stanley Tucci is masterful in everything he does.) Did a little drinking with coworkers at the Dagda on Tuesday, and did a little book shopping at Blackwell’s on Wednesday evening. I snagged the second in Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series for Fiona, and the Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible for myself. Wednesday was a beautiful day in Edinburgh. I got some chinese take-away from a place just opposite the Commonwealth Pool, and had a dinner picnic part-way up Arthur’s seat, watching Edinburgh bathe in the evening sunlight.

Last Sunday I also had a very lovely dinner with Paul at La Strada in Amsterdam. Very flavourful rucola salad to start with, followed by a rich lasagne for my main course. Would definitely go back.

I tried to recreate the salad myself this weekend, but I didn’t get the right kind of balsamic dressing. My past self would be amused at me actually enjoying salads.

Still working on Debt.