Kapi-Mana News - - REVIEW -

DVD: I’m a lit­tle late on the band­wagon but that doesn’t re­motely lessen my ad­dic­tion to US drama Break­ing Bad. Down­trod­den chem­istry teacher Wal­ter White (Bryan Cranston – the dad from Mal­colm in the Mid­dle but not re­motely how you re­mem­ber him) dis­cov­ers he has ter­mi­nal can­cer and de­cides to make and sell metham­phetamine to pro­vide for his fam­ily. The drug deal­ing scenes are ed­geof-your-seat ter­ri­fy­ing while White’s fam­ily dy­nam­ics are re­al­is­tic and touch­ing. The first three se­ries are out on DVD. Book: In sum­mer my read­ing list is usu­ally dom­i­nated by pre-war English comic nov­els. De­serv­ing of more at­ten­tion is E.F. Ben­son’s Mapp and Lu­cia se­ries, which charts the so­cial ri­valry of two up­per-crust ladies of a cer­tain age, Em­me­line Lu­cas and El­iz­a­beth Mapp. Gen­tler than Waugh and less blokey than Wode­house but no less mas­ter­fully plot­ted, the books are a per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a sum­mer’s day, es­pe­cially if it’s rain­ing. In­ter­web: Sump­tu­ous pho­to­graphs and a healthy ob­ses­sion with cook­ing made Aus­tralian Fiona Reilly’s blog a must-read while I was liv­ing in Shang­hai. Life on Nan­chang Lu could make any­body fall in love with Shang­hai, but will es­pe­cially will ap­peal to any­one who has spent time there. lifeon­nan­changlu.com Tip­ple: If sum­mer even­tu­ally ar­rives you’ll want to be drink­ing this cock­tail, a hit with my fam­ily over Christ­mas. Gin­ger Spice Cock­tail: in a mor­tar crush the zest of three lemons, a five cen­time­tre chunk of fresh gin­ger, three ta­ble­spoons of sugar and a hand­ful of fresh mint leaves. Place in a jug with the juice of three lemons, a cup of crushed ice, and top up with 150 millil­itres of vodka and 1.5 litres of gin­ger beer. Gar­nish glasses with mint. Serves eight. An­drea O’neil

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