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this clumpy starchy mess that you've already boiled with far too much water can't be washed at this point, can only assume she is blanching it in the vain hope it won't clump together even more as it cools down! At home economics in school instead of teaching kids to fuck up some fancy flan they will never try again in their entire life they should just some simple rice module and give them some real survival skillz.

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 08:15 (five months ago) link

There's a point where uncle roger references a finger knuckle joint method for measuring your water to rice ratio, I've looked this up elsewhere and I can't make the maths of it work in my head, what am I missing? Basically the theory is you put your rice in the pan (any quantity, any shape/size of pan), then rest the tip of your index finger on top of the rice and add enough water for the level to reach the first joint of your finger, and that will in theory mean your rice/water ratio is perfect. But how can that be right? Like, if my rice layer is only one or two grains deep the r/w ratio can't help be tons higher than it would've been if my rice layer was six inches deep, right?

JimD, Friday, 24 July 2020 10:50 (five months ago) link

I have spent most of my life being terrible at cooking rice, but I'd at least have the self-awareness to be incredibly embarrassed at doing it like that on camera let alone for a cooking segment.

since buying a microwave rice cooker it's super easy although mine came with instructions where the measurements, which were in cups/ fl oz which I never use anyway, were clearly just translated from metric so it was 9.4oz rice and 14.2 fl oz water or something rather than nice round numbers. I eventually realised it was just enough water to cover the rice and then a little bit more so I just do that now and it works out fine. It's never been great for small amounts though e.g. for my kids do I still do that in the pan.

sometimes a bit of sludgy stuff boils over into the microwave but the rice in the basket is usually fine.

kinder, Friday, 24 July 2020 12:23 (five months ago) link

I don't know about that finger method and have been using a rice cooker or a steel rice ball for years now, once uncle Roger gets into your head you don't want him taking the piss out of your hot rice-takes!

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 13:36 (five months ago) link

xpost i don't use my finger, i rest my flat hand on top and make sure it's covered in water.

Yerac, Friday, 24 July 2020 13:58 (five months ago) link

my biryani is not photogenic, nor one for the purists but it'll do for me!

calzino, Friday, 24 July 2020 14:58 (five months ago) link

when a thread blows up and you're wondering if it's clusterfuck or food derail

rice chat has been good but I won't lie, I prefer a good clusterfuck

オニモ (onimo), Saturday, 25 July 2020 08:06 (five months ago) link

There several other clusterfucks going on.

That biryani look right.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Saturday, 25 July 2020 08:16 (five months ago) link

pic of red squirrel

What is causing the declines?

Different animals face different threats. The now Critically Endangered Scottish wildcat population has not recovered from decades of persecution and, for the red squirrel, disease and competition from introduced grey squirrels has driven a steep decline.

fuck off bbc

imago, Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:26 (five months ago) link

all meaningful wildlife decline in the uk is caused by either human persecution or habitat loss

imago, Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:28 (five months ago) link

Imagine how many do gooders will be outraged at the prospect of people shooting grey squirrels.

Theyd rather sacrifice the reds.

— Firearms-UK (@FirearmsUK) July 30, 2020

what a wholesome twitter account

imago, Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:32 (five months ago) link

Imago, it goes on to say what you just said and that we need more habitat space.

Also: 'introduced' grey squirrels I think implies human agency.

the pinefox, Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:01 (five months ago) link

it goes on to say that but look what it's foregrounding

imago, Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:06 (five months ago) link

'introduced' implies we can shoot the greys no problem

imago, Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:06 (five months ago) link

gonna complain about this bbc article which really shocked me today and i thought i was beyond being shocked by the bbc anymore.

"After a late-night vote went against the Conservative government in April 2016, Charlie Elphicke was drowning his sorrows by sharing a bottle of champagne with a parliamentary worker." is the beginning of an account of ELphicke's sexual assault against a parliamentary worker. Are there not guidelines for reporting sexual assault similar to how there are for suicide? I'm sure that beginning the article with contextually legitimising information around a sexual assault would contravene any such guidelines.

plax (ico), Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:02 (five months ago) link

bbc tory fan-fic quoted straight from the defendant's criminal defense lawyer is pretty fucked up.

calzino, Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:18 (five months ago) link

Even for them I can't get over just how shit this is.

The UK's chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has a plan to save the country's economy from the effects of coronavirus, but will it work? 💰

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 31, 2020

nashwan, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:11 (five months ago) link

that would be too infantile and condescending for cbeebies, but I presume it is aimed at big children.

calzino, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:32 (five months ago) link


Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Friday, 31 July 2020 13:36 (five months ago) link

I agree -- all these are dreadful and shameful.

the pinefox, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:36 (five months ago) link

the same big children that didn't feel there was a lack of consistency in voting for the most right-wing tories in decades and then clapping the NHS

calzino, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:42 (five months ago) link

apparently the series on the Murdochs was very good, but then they still do infantile CCHQ propaganda like this

calzino, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:45 (five months ago) link

Worse if aimed at younger viewers really but as it's from their main News account I doubt it.

That style of report in itself just feels so archaic regardless of the subject and intention. Set up a question, add a 'comedy' angle to the presentation and just wrap it up with 'only time will tell if the question we are asking here can ever really be answered'. This one was almost funny for just how unintentionally clunky it was (talking about Superman doing magic tricks and just standing there handing out money) but trying to be ironic is as bad as being consciously sycophantic at this point. Why should we have to acknowledge a difference?

nashwan, Friday, 31 July 2020 13:45 (five months ago) link

'encouraging us to get out there and join the Chancellor on the front line'

the pinefox, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:19 (five months ago) link

It's unbecoming of journalism full stop

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 July 2020 14:19 (five months ago) link

But tbf this has always been a personal bugbear about the Beeb since at least the Birt era

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 July 2020 14:20 (five months ago) link

at least super Rish is 6"4 tall in his dreams

calzino, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:27 (five months ago) link

(thought this bump was going to be about matthew postgate's new job with UKStratCom)

koogs, Friday, 31 July 2020 14:34 (five months ago) link

has uh the MP stuff been properly announced yet? i hadn’t seen anything in the news.

Fizzles, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:36 (five months ago) link

wait i’m confused koogs - are you referring to this from Jan?

Fizzles, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:38 (five months ago) link

Oh, hadn't noticed the date on that. I wonder how that sits with the BBC job? Seems like an odd mix. (Or does it?)

koogs, Friday, 31 July 2020 17:43 (five months ago) link

The BBC removed the Superishi propaganda and blamed readers for being stupid

We have removed a video of the chancellor’s plans for the UK economy. While we don’t think that readers would take the images at face value, on reflection we think the illustrations struck the wrong note and we’ve removed the article.

オニモ (onimo), Friday, 31 July 2020 22:01 (five months ago) link

Maybe it's a tiny consolation that calling these fucks on social media has some effect, sometimes, nowadays

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Friday, 31 July 2020 22:07 (five months ago) link

Just posting this here for a classic BBC bit of context-setting

Nina Simone was a revered singer and civil rights activist, known for performing songs such as Feelin' Good, I put A Spell On You and I Loves You, Porgy.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:23 (five months ago) link

there was a decent program on Schubert's Winterreise on R4 earlier that inspired me to dig it out.

calzino, Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:31 (five months ago) link

never a bad time to dig out Winterreise but ffs Radio 4 it's August

The Scampos of Young Werther (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:34 (five months ago) link

I still don't know barely any of the lyrics but love the mood. but possibly at odds with the incoming heatwave if you are looking for summer vibes!

calzino, Thursday, 6 August 2020 15:36 (five months ago) link

"mein he-erz, me-ein Herz!"

plax (ico), Friday, 7 August 2020 07:40 (five months ago) link

Concern trolling from here as I don't watch TV at all now, but im kind of stunned to see Newsnight is this bad? Is this typical of it now?

We're live now on @BBCTwo with Mark Urban - you can also watch online at #Newsnight | @MarkUrban01

— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) August 7, 2020

glumdalclitch, Saturday, 8 August 2020 12:26 (five months ago) link

since this is the thread where it was discussed:

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 10 August 2020 06:31 (five months ago) link

with dark, round eyes larger than her breasts


kinder, Monday, 10 August 2020 14:03 (five months ago) link


Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Monday, 10 August 2020 14:04 (five months ago) link

"The show is mute on the subject of race yet decided to offer some visual compensation... If race were a subject of true interest to these directors (which it wasn’t to Rooney), and if race were not used in the casting as a nervous form of virtue-signaling, something else might have been done."

The racial elements brought into the show were more problematic than "virtue-signaling", in particular replacing the sadistic and pointedly white Swede of the book with a black man.

Why are all the people who aren’t white people the bad people?

Eyeball Kicks, Monday, 10 August 2020 18:24 (five months ago) link

bbc news coverage of asylum seekers the last couple of days is worse than i've ever seen it. zero context. seemingly no interest in them as people, where they've come from, why they've come. the words 'illegal' and 'sovereignty' used over and over again. it's absolutely disgusting.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 August 2020 21:20 (five months ago) link

they're now running an entire segment on 'conversion therapy' for gay people as if it's legitimate!? am i fucking dreaming???

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 August 2020 21:28 (five months ago) link

I rarely watch BBC news but just caught that. While I didn't really see any explicit approval - and to me it read as possibly an attempt at 'give them enough rope to hang themselves' perhaps? likely my own bias there tho - I have no idea what it was even doing there and why they didn't follow up what he said with some actual questions? If the aim was to show that 'it can be hard to define what this is in order to ban it' (? is it?) then that didn't exactly come across. A really odd thing to include. Did that X Factor guy only go on the X Factor to promote that dodgy org? So many questions.

kinder, Monday, 10 August 2020 21:47 (five months ago) link

that gal-dem article Eyeball Kicks linked is great.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 23:43 (five months ago) link

they did a fantastic, atmospheric and top notch radio production of The Plague a couple of weeks back and I listened to it on a long walk and was more than whelmed by it and was thinking this will piss off some Tory wankers. Dr. Bernard Rieux was voiced by a woman with a distinctive Caribbean accent and of course she had a wife who died of a different disease etc.. First respondent on their Feedback show on Sunday was some tory twat complaining that this was all wrong with the context of the Jim Crow/colonial era the book was written in etc .. oh go fuck yourself!

calzino, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 00:46 (five months ago) link

has anybody ever gotten any sort of satisfactory response from a bbc complaint

plax (ico), Friday, 14 August 2020 07:17 (five months ago) link

I complained about the existence of Paul Martin more than once, but he's still alive on the air. Highly unsatisfactory.

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 14 August 2020 07:37 (five months ago) link

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