Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids

This album is brilliant right the way through.

Canned Static

36 Years Ago Today…

Way back in the late 70’s to early 80’s a truly superb band existed making highly original music seemingly following no particular style. They were amongst a small numberjapan-gentlemen-take-polaroids-1 of similar bands that the press at the time labelled the New Romantics. Japan competed against the likes of Duran Duran, Visage & Spandau Ballet etc but being much less commercial in sound they tended to hover in the shadows. For me, Japan were, and still are, the true kings of the genre, the real leaders who deserved the crown purely for cool, originality and ability.

Exactly 36 years ago today, October 24th 1980, ‘Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ was the first Japan album released on Virgin. It received moderate success reaching 51 in the album charts and the single of the same name reaching 60. Two years later in 82, ‘Night Porter’ reached 29 in the UK…

View original post 175 more words

The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation


Born Again Minimalist

I was in graduate school when I first heard the term “millennial.” It was at a conference. The session was about how to serve millennial students, because they have different characteristics than the Generation X students that went before them. It was here that I first started hearing things like “millennials need to be recognized for participation,” “millennials feel they are special,” “millennials are sheltered,” “millennials are likely to have helicopter parents,” and more. Society as a whole loves to hate on the millennial generation (those born between 1980-1999), calling us “special snowflakes” and sarcastically referring to us as “social justice warriors,” calling us out for “being offended by everything” and, everybody’s favorite, pointing out how very entitled we are.

Here’s the secret: We’re not.


The negative opinions directed at millennials are a perfect example, on an enormous societal scale, of cultural gaslighting.

What’s Gaslighting?

Glad you asked. I learned…

View original post 1,659 more words

Chocolate and Almond Biscotti – Take 2!

This is a gluten, dairy and sugar free recipe – but there are eggs, so not vegan. It makes a gritty, bitter and sour biscuit.


You will need:

A large bowl, a small one, baking tray and grease-proof sheet. A big wooden spoon!


1 cup of almond flour

1 cup general other GF flours

1/2 cup darkest chocolate powder and ground raw cacao beans

1/2 tsp xantham gum

1 tsp GF baking powder

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

Some flaked almonds

2 tblsp of rice bran oil or coconut oil

Put all the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir through thoroughly.

Put all the wet ingredients in the small bowl and mix.

Add the wet to the dry and mix using the spoon and then your hands – don’t over do it.

Place on a baking tray on a sheet and as per other biscotti recipes on this blog – bake – two times, slice and store.