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26
Nov
15

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Not Afternoon Tea

IMG_6906Bits and bobs from my fantastic Hen-do at the Oxo Tower. Thanks to Siobhan, Fran and Ant!

The blurb from the Oxo website:

ALICE IN WONDERLAND NOT AFTERNOON TEA

Our extraordinary new Not Afternoon Tea experience is not all it seems…

We’re super excited. And you should be too.

We’ve a rather marvellous new Not Afternoon Tea experience to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

In the words of The Mad Hatter “it’s always tea time”, and at OXO this spring, we couldn’t agree more. Join us for a mysterious ‘Eat Me, Drink Me’ surprise on arrival, then fall down the rabbit hole as you enjoy a seasonal Not Afternoon Tea plate of your choice with a bespoke cocktail and a few surprises along the way…

Continue your adventure through Wonderland with the delicious Golden Afternoon cocktail and a box of Alice-themed treats to take home.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
NOT AFTERNOON TEA

On arrival

Eat Me, Drink Me

eat me

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Not Afternoon Tea plate (choices below) and bespoke cocktail

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Golden Afternoon cocktail

Gingerbread pocketwatch

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Alice in Wonderland inspired treats to take home

Tea plate choices:

I Am The Forager combines the best of the season on one plate with crab apples, acorns and wild yellow plums bringing both sweet and creamy notes to some classic desserts.

Fun Fair is a sugary homage to nights spent riding the waltzers and spinning tea cups with warming popcorn pannacotta, marshmallow and candyfloss, and cinnamon dusted apple and custard doughnuts.

If you’re never one to turn down something ‘chocolatey’ then Nuts About Chocolate with its milk chocolate and hazelnut tart (think posh nutella) and white chocolate pistachio cone will certainly give you the fix you’re after. Especially when washed down with Frappé, a milkshake that’s strictly for adults.

1. NUTS ABOUT CHOCOLATE
Flourless chocolate and walnut cake
Milk chocolate and hazelnut tart
White chocolate and pistachio cone
Chocolate and coffee sundae, almond biscuit

SERVED WITH FRAPPÉ

 

2. I AM THE FORAGER
Wild yellow plum cranachan
Elderberry curd and wild fennel meringue
Rosehip syrup cake, crab apple cream
Acorn cream

SERVED WITH WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

3. FUN FAIR
Honeycomb parfait
Marshmallow and candy floss
Popcorn panna cotta
Apple and custard doughnuts

SERVED WITH HOOK-A-DUCK

hook a duck

25
May
15

Little Master Carroll: Jabberwocky

downloadLittle Master Carroll: Jabberwocky

After Lewis Carroll- with text by Jennifer Adams and art by Alison Oliver.

Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, 10 Sept. 2013

Board book version of the poem, simplified for toddlers

Publisher’s blurb:
The slithy toves and borogoves invite you to take an adventure through the tumtum trees in Jabberwocky: A BabyLit Nonsense Primer. Jennifer Adams cleverly pulls text from Little Master Carroll’s original poem and pairs it with Alison Oliver’s bright and cheery illustrations to create a whimsical tale.

05
Jul
14

Alistair in Wonderland: Daily Mail

6a00d8341d417153ef01156f4bf68a970c-800wiALISTAIR IN WONDERLAND; Curiouser and Curiouser … Darling Refuses to Cut Public Spending, Hits the Rich with 50p Tax and Pins His Hopes on the Fantasy of a Swift Return to Growth. Daily Mail.

Front page headline from Thursday , April 23rd 2009. Article by James Chapman, Political Editor.

From the article:

Alistair Darling has gambled Britain’s future on a 1970s-style tax raid against the rich and a wildly-optimistic forecast of economic recovery.

The Chancellor drove a stake through the heart of New Labour yesterday by stinging top earners with a new 50p tax rate.

Experts said the move – resisted for a decade by Tony Blair – was largely symbolic and could even lose the Treasury money by prompting an exodus of the rich. It was the big shock in a nakedly political Budget which will mean unprecedented levels of borrowing and led David Cameron to dismiss Gordon Brown as the ‘clapped-out’ leader of a ‘government of the living dead’. While Mr Darling plans to slow the growth in public spending, he still is refusing to make cuts.

The decision to ‘soak the rich’ shattered Labour’s election manifesto pledge not to raise income tax and appeared chiefly designed to wrongfoot the Conservatives.

 

30
Apr
14

Puzzles in Wonderland

puzzlesLewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland: A Frabjous Puzzle Challenge, Inspired by Alice’s Adventures by Richard Wolfrik Galland.

Published by Carlton Books Ltd (10 Oct 2013). Hardback.

ISBN-10: 178097440X
ISBN-13: 978-1780974408

From the publisher:

Take a trip down the rabbit hole into a wondrous world of riddles and enigmas. In this fabulous collection you will discover a host of challenging puzzles, some will be familiar, while others are curiouser… and curiouser.

A collection of mind-benders themed around Alice and her companions, divided into Easy, Curious and Harder.

Here’s an example:

“How old are you really, Father William?” asked Alice.

“In six years time,” replied William, “I’ll be one and a quarter times as old as i was four years ago.”

How old is Father William?

You’ll have to buy the book to check your answer…

Available on Amazon

 

04
Jan
14

Alice in tumblr-Land and Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation

reviews_feature1Alice in tumblr-Land and Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation by Tim Manly.

Published by Penguin Books (29 Oct 2013).

Hardback 1st edition.

ISBN: 978-0143124795

Based on the blog Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings.

From the publisher’s blurb:

Disney meets Lena Dunham in this illustrated humour book featuring your favourite fairy-tale characters dating and finding their way in 21st-century America

The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and get a job, or at least start paying rent.

Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to “happily ever after”—and have us laughing all the way.

Alice and her friends star in several of the one page scenes- the Cheshire Cat emails links to sites selling tail-enhancement pills, Dum and Dee are shwasted and the caterpillar has really changed…

On Amazon: Alice in Tumblr-Land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation

 

31
Dec
13

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

09
Sep
13

Alice’s Diorama Shadowbox

ImageAlice’s Diorama Shadowbox from Benjamin Pollock’s.

Drawings by Simon Seddon.

Published by Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop 2012.

New, and as yet unopened.

From the Pollock’s website:

A new cut-out model from Pollock’s Toyshop. 4 illustrated sheets can be cut-out and stuck together to create a decorative shadow box/diorama. The pack includes an Alice doll and her accessories. Leave it plain or colour it yourself – add decoration, imagination and peep through into a Pollock’s Toyshop Wonderland.

Bought for me by the lovely Fran when we went to see Alice in Wonderland at St. Paul’s in Covent Garden.

 




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