Wednesday 31 December 2008

Scent of a lemon

While enjoying my very lemony shower gel this morning, I got thinking about the old "you know when you've been Tango'd" ads. Like this one...

So being a film fan - and believing that watching film at the cinema is the full flavoured experience - I came up with the germ of an idea for a series of ads for Tango to be shown on the silver screen. Here's the first in the series, for lemon tango.

'Scent of a Lemon'

It's the run-up to the tango scene in Scent of a Woman. Smart restaurant, milongas playing in the background. Lt Col Frank Slade (Al Pacino) and Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell) have just sat down at the table where Donna (Gabrielle Anwar) is waiting for her lunch date...

Lt Col Frank Slade:
I dedect a fragrance in the air. Don't tell me what it is... it's citrus limon.
Donna: That's amazing.
Lt Col Frank Slade: Well, I'm in the amazing business.
Donna: It is citrus limon. My grandmother squeezed it this morning.
Lt Col Frank Slade: I'm crazy about your grandmother... so, Donna, d'you Tango?
Donna: I've never tried
Lt Col Frank Slade: well, Donna, I'm offering my services.

He offers his hand to her but a bright yellow lemon Tango dancer screams into view, pulls him onto the dance floor and tangos him to within an inch of his life.

Voiceover: You know when you've been Tango'd.
Lt Col Frank Slade: Woo-hah!

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Sunday 14 December 2008

Top 5 videos: cats don't make the cut

Well, it's that time of year... so here's my Top 5 viral videos of 2008. Enjoy!

The Laughing Quadruplets

So many videos of laughing babies. This one is really priceless with four wonderful quadruplets and their mum speaking for them "Do it again":

Where the hell is Matt?

The great thing about this video is the combination of the breadth of the globe covered, the choreography, the editing and the music:

Heavy Metal Farmer

Daveyboyz approached me a few weeks back saying he loves Zattoo, could he do a video for us? I said "yes, please! and I can give you some ads to your YouTube channel in return".

This video has nothing to do with Zattoo. For me, it's totally original content. Comedy, music, lyrics, editing... Great British humour:

Daft The Vote

There were lots of Daft Punk finger and body dances last year. This choreography is from November this year and encourages people to go vote. It didn't get many views. It deserves more:

Drunk History

OK, technically this one dates from 2007 but since it was posted on YouTube less than a year ago, on 23rd December, and I saw it earlier this year, I'm allowing it. I could have gone for, say, Part 3 instead but it was the initial episode that was most entertaining and, in any case, by the very nature of being first, the most original.

Caution: contains strong language

That's all, Folks!

Tuesday 8 July 2008

Kerala-style Prawn Curry

So, here's a tasty little number, really quick and easy.

Time to prepare and cook: about 20 minutes

  • Tiger Prawns, uncooked, peeled 300g
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 100ml coconut cream
  • Ginger, small piece
  • Garlic, one clove
  • Red onion
  • Red pepper
  • Crushed chillies, a good pinch
  • Groundnut oil
Serve with basmati rice.

  1. Put the prawns in a bowl with the lemon juice to marinade.
  2. Set a pan of water to boil for the rice. Add-in the basmati rice as soon as it's boiling.
  3. Dice the red onion, garlic and ginger; and slice the red pepper. Heat a pan, add groundnut oil until hot but not smoking. Toss in the lot, along with the crushed chillies, and stiry fry until soft but not brown. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Pour in the coconut cream and heat for about a minute or two until hot.
  5. Add the prawns along with the lemon juice and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until just pink.
Serve at once.

Wine suggestion: a good rounded chardonnay like a Sancerre or Chablis