Spicy Mashed Aubergine with Peas

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: 1 – 2   medium sized aubergine/ brinjal/ eggplant 1 cup shelled peas 1 large onion chopped 1 large tomato chopped 1-2 garlic cloves chopped 2 tbsps of chopped parsley Cooking oil Salt  as per taste ½ tsp chilli powder Method: Dry roast the aubergines over an open flame. Peel the singed skin, wash the mass inside with water and transfer to … Continue reading Spicy Mashed Aubergine with Peas

Illusory Power

BY ANDREW MOODY I believe in America… The undertaker’s words to Don Vito Corleone (as the master toys with a kitten in a smoky back room office), are surely the most memorable opening lines in Hollywood history. I first saw the Godfather and the Godfather Part 2 on one, long hot summer’s day at a friend’s house whilst revising for my maths GCSE. I must … Continue reading Illusory Power

Fairytale Fury

BY FRANK HAVILAND For all its undeniable brutality, boxing is a fairytale. You don’t need to have ever laced up yourself or watched Rocky to understand that. The cold hard truths meted out in the ring are surpassed by the blood, sweat and tears that enable men to triumph over adversity; to fight battles others cannot see. Boxing has saved many men from a certain … Continue reading Fairytale Fury

Gas

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The second law of thermodynamics states that the universe tends towards increasing entropy or “randomness” – molecules want to be gases because in a gas each molecule gets to move around freely and do its own thing. Imagine comedy as liquid nitrogen, which is virtually impossible to contain or pin down. Now drop a brick on it and see how it scatters. … Continue reading Gas

Owl & the Pussy Hats

BY FRANK HAVILAND Like a freshly-embossed ‘Lord Bercow’ business card, the free speech jubilation over last week’s vindication of Harry ‘the Owl’ Miller was a tad premature. Miller, a man of such unspeakable wickedness he dared retweet an ‘offensive limerick’, had been visited by Humberside Police who wanted to ‘check his thinking’. He was told he had committed no crime, but the event would be … Continue reading Owl & the Pussy Hats

Sneezes & Sinophobia

BY ANASTASIA CHOO I am British-born Chinese. I am the second-generation daughter of Hong Kong immigrants who came over to the UK in the 1960’s and set up a successful business. My sisters and I grew up in leafy Hertfordshire and attended state schools where we were subjected to the occasional joke but didn’t suffer too badly from racism as people took us for who … Continue reading Sneezes & Sinophobia