26 July 2012

Sherlock's Shocking Surprise

Right, Sherlock decided to concoct his very own recipe the other day. I said I'd share it with you all.

He has christened it 'Sherlock Surprise'.

It's a bit complicated.... does that surprise you?

First, get some liquid nitrogen. Then make some custard and slice banana into it. Make moulds to make this round, somehow, then drop into the liquid nitrogen.

Meanwhile, make some sponge cake. And meringue. And some chocolate buttercream icing.

Also find some berries - unspecified summery-type ones. Throw them in the liquid nitrogen too.

Get a flamethrower. And an anti-gravity chamber - or go to space, whichever is easier. Wrap your frozen custard balls in meringue, float them, and flame-throw them, so the meringue is cooked on the outside. Then repeatedly dip them in sponge cake mix and cook (all this in zero gravity.) Until you have a frozen-centred-merinuge-and-sponge-coated ball. Lots of balls, I mean.

Make a soft truffly chocolate mix, drop the balls in it until coated. Then sit them in a dish just deep enough. Make ice cream mix. Pour over. Set the entire lot in the freezer until the ice cream is just solid enough to be...well...solid.

Put the icing on top, put frozen berries on top. Douse in brandy. Set on fire.

And there you have it... Flaming-custard-cake-chocolate-merinuge-ice-cream-cake...

We haven't actually decided to make it quite yet...

 Edited to add:

Oh, and I meant to say, well done to anyone on the last post who guessed that firearms were discharged in fewer than 1% of all firearms operations in England and Wales. The actual figure is 0.00017%. And THAT is why I'm against arming officers here. There's no need. It would only lead to bad things, as far as I can see. We're doing all right as we are.

Doubly-edited to add:

A nice picture that I99, the police helicopter, took of our fine city today.



172 comments:

REReader said...

It'll be a bit difficult to do the "go to space" bit with the US space shuttle program discontinued (and I don't know where one would get hold of an anti-gravity chamber offhand), but it does sound remarkably yummy!

Perhaps a space station crew could try it--although I suspect the use of flame throwers is frowned upon in a space station. (Spoilsports!)

Perhaps a modified for Earth-gravity version can be worked out?


Thanks for sharing that, L! :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't think it would suffer much for having meringue-balls that weren't quite balls, really. A flat bottom wouldn't harm the flavour. And it would be very...flavoursome.

Maz said...

That sounds...really tasty, actually, especially flamed with brandy or something. It could be slightly do-able, though the sponge cake part might be a little trouble.

At least it's not "surprising rice!"

REReader said...

They'd sort of be tiny little baked Alaskas, only with the cake on the outside!

Greg Lestrade said...

...and custard on the inside... yeah, that's what he was going for.

REReader said...

:)

I do like the sound of his combination of flavors, I must say.

Anon Without A Name said...

Sponge cake sounds nice, meringue sounds nice, chocolate buttercream icing sounds nice. Possibly not all together. Personally, I could skip the banana custard, or indeed, any custard, and I prefer my brandy in a glass... but very inventive, Sherlock, if perhaps not the most practical recipe to knock up on a weekend :-)

Lestrade - wow, that figure is even lower than I was thinking it might be. And I'm definitely right there with you on not routinely arming the police in this country.

Small Hobbit said...

I rather like the sound of the Sherlock Surprise, although I would be a bit wary of setting it on fire, so maybe I'd go with Nameless and keep the brandy in the glass to drink whilst I ate the Surprise.

That is indeed an impressively low figure. Long may it remain that way.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think the combination of flavours is just...every flavour, right? He did think about adding some cheese...

I think I'd need the rest of the bottle of brandy if we ever tried to create this.

REReader said...

I guessed that low because of this article in the Village Voice (one of the most left-leaning papers around). If NYPD officers, who normally walk around armed, responded to 200,000 reports of weapons and arrested 29,000 armed individuals, but only fired their guns in 92 cases in 2010, I figured the UK's percentage had to be darned close to zero. Most glad to hear I was right!

I'm sure the baking/freezing/flaming experience will only be enhanced by brandy, L!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like it would be remarkably tasty, if difficult to make perfectly. It might be adaptable, though.

And yes, that actual figure is something to be pleased with.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Just added a pic to the post of our fine city, today while everyone was busy at work or play.

REReader said...

Right, who wants to stand me a trip to London?

Anon Without A Name said...

London is looking damn fine in that photo, Lestrade :-)

SH - cheers!

Ttid said...

Not sure about fine Greg but it's a nice picture

Small Hobbit said...

Cheers, Nameless.

Are you going to be ringing a bell at 8.12 tomorrow morning L?

Greg Lestrade said...

err... no. Unless forced by a superior officer. And I should have been asleep ages ago. This is meant to be my night of catch-up sleep, and there's only about 4 bloody hours before I should be up again...

REReader said...

Would a bedtime story help? Or anything else we can provide? :)

Greg Lestrade said...

No, I think just me going to bed would help.

I've gone past the tired stage f being tired, now slightly wired, I think.

John H. D. Watson said...

It's almost midnight, how did that happen? Bedddd.

Greg Lestrade said...

dunno. but it's bound to be your fault. most things are.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ah, of course. I should apologise then, perhaps with a massage?

REReader said...

Night night, guys.

Greg Lestrade said...

Mmm. Just stop when I'be fallen asleep.

John H. D. Watson said...

Mmhmm. That's the plan.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll try to creep out not wake you in the morning. Love you.

John H. D. Watson said...

I love you too. Now put your phone down and close your eyes.

imachar said...

Hmm...that's quite a recipe from Sherlock...good use of flavours though..and I'm always a sucker for meringue.

Totally with you on not arming the police...even after 27 years in the US I find the open display of hubs, even on trained professionals, disturbing. And the UK's record ogun crime is stellar compared to the US

Also a lovely picture of London...it's been too long since I've been...considering making that our family trip for my 50th next Christmas...I have to admit, though, I find the Shard a little...disconcerting...for want of a better word. It looks like something alien landed in Southwark...much more alien than the Gherkin I think.

Hope you a both having a lovely sleep...together for a change...

imachar said...

Obviously that should be guns, not hubs...I hate autocorrect

REReader said...

I hope everyone in the US Northeast in the path of this storm system (that-might-cause-a-tornado-helpfully-announce-the-weather-forecasters) is somewhere safe and dry! (That is LOUD thunder.)

Anonymous said...

Imachar, I'm with you. Heavily armed police officers make me nervous. And I hate it when they're all dressed up like SWAT teams out of movies.

I visited London so long ago that I don't think any of the really tall buildings had gone up yet. Time to go again, I think.

And RR, the storm hasn't reached me yet, but I can see it coming on the radar and it looks fierce. I hope you're using a computer that isn't plugged into the wall!

rsf

REReader said...

Plugged into a great big and still very new UPS. :) (I'm working, I don't take chances with my means of support!)

At least the odds of a tornado in Manhattan are slim to none!

pandabob said...

If you actually managed to get up and go to work this morning after so little sleep you really are the world saving hero Sherlock thinks you are Greg ;-)

I hope work goes well and that your afternoon is what you want it to be :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I am up. Possibly not alert.

Thanks. I think having John with me being all nice will mean I cry. Can't stand nice people ;)

Small Hobbit said...

There's nothing wrong with crying when you've got someone nice standing with you.

Anon Without A Name said...

People being nice when you're trying to be stoic just isn't on, is it? Anyway, I hope (the rest of) your shift is quiet enough, and that your afternoon is filled with good memories.

(PS - any Americans feeling slightly unhappy with Mitt Romney at the moment - just remember, we've got Boris "zoink" Johnson front and centre right now. We share your pain)

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - I don't think it's worth pretending I'll manage to be stoic this afternoon, least of all to myself.

As for quiet... as of today I'm now on call solid for the next two weeks... I'm not sure quiet covers it.

Anonymous said...

This would be Olympic related on call?

Does it make you nervous being on call or are you used to it? Can't help thinking that twitching every time the phone rings must be awful

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, Olympics. I mean, some days I'm pretty far down the list, so it would be a reasonably major incident for me to go in.

Not too nervous, no. Used to it, really

I've drunk 3 mugs of coffee in 30 mins. The last two, both times, I meant to get tea and was halfway through the coffee when I realised I hadn't. Still tired.

REReader said...

That's...a lot of caffeine. :) (At the moment I'm mor jealous than anything, having totally taken myself off the stuff temporarily--fasting is bad enough without a caffeine headache!) And there's nothing wrong with crying, especially not for a good reason.

Nameless, what new horror has Mitt come up with, or do you mean his normal stonewalling and bold-faced lying? And who is Boris Johnson?

Anonymous said...

Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London (not the Lord Mayor which is different). He's a Conservative politician who projects an air of amiable buffonery whilst actually being quite bright. His politics aside I think the fact that he pretends to be thick is the most irritating thing about him.

Or possibly I'm giving him too much credit and he really is dim.

Lancs. Anon

REReader said...

Ah. Thanks, Lancs., it comes to me that I have heard of him. :) (But I don't see the parallel to Romney, who doesn't pretend to be dim. I suppose he could be said to pretend to be ordinary or middle class--but not very hard.)

pandabob said...

I hate nice people! how dare they make you feel safe and happy and comfortable? It just tricks you into thinking its ok to show your emotions ;-)

Lots of caffeine won't do any harm as long as you stop drinking it early enough to make sure you actually sleep properly tonight :-)

REReader said...

Aha! Nevermind answering about Romney, Nameless--I just saw the front page of the New York Times. (Sort of an anti-Johnson, isn't he--he pretends to be clever.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Ive quite enjoyed the little ding dong between Romney, Cameron and BoJo.

Half an hour til freedom...

Greg Lestrade said...

Someone just showed me this. Pretty accurate, I think! And a good guide for you furriners.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18983558

Anonymous said...

Ha! Great link, L. I'll probably end up printing that one out.

The Olympics are all over my morning paper. Does Special Constable Andrew Codling still have a job after giving pictures -- and his name -- to the Metro? (What is a special constable, anyway?)

I think the worst thing about Romney's gaffes in London is that I could have predicted them. When he was governor of Massachusetts he always seemed to have shoe-polish on his breath.

rsf

REReader said...

Heh heh! I shall bookmark that link, L, so I have it handy to send friends headed to your neck of the woods!. :)

(I refuse to take ANY responsibility for Romney. I have never voted for him, and can imagine almost no circumstance under which I would.)

Sherlock said...

Lestrade picked John up and they've gone to see his dead friend but I know a special constable is one that doesn't get paid.

REReader said...

That would merit the title "Special" all right!

What are you and Mycroft doing this afternoon, Sherlock?

imachar said...

Between the Olympics spat and his comment on supporting gay marriage, I'm actually kind of liking Cameron right now, never thought I'd say that!

I hope you are having a fun afternoon, Sherlock and Mycroft

And I hope you are having a bearable one, Greg and John...

Jaws said...

Hope the visit wasn't too difficult J & L, it's nice you remember your friend with such affection and good memories, and want to share your current happiness with him.

On the firearms issue, I definitely think the UK has the right idea at the moment, but it seems to be a very situational and country-dependent issue. I spent 6 months in Israel last year, where pretty much everyone has a gun (M16s, Uzis, rifles, you name it) and it's commonplace to see security carrying them everywhere, shopping centres, train stations, some restaurants. And for them it works, but that's a special situation and their police is mostly supplanted by the army anyways.
I can say that one of my most surreal experiences there was showering at an army base, where the girls go into the bathroom with towels, shampoo, and their gun slung over their shoulders!

Fingers crossed no call-outs for you in the next 2 weeks L!

Anon Without A Name said...

ReRe (et al) - I probably should drop comments about politicians then go straight to work, should I :-p It struck me that Romney seemed to be making some of his fellow Americans cringe with second-hand embarrassment; which is precisely the effect that Boris tends to have on people as well, bless him.

Special Constables - as Sherlock said, they don't get paid. They part-time, volunteer police officers. More on them at http://www.policespecials.com, and on wikiepdia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Constabulary.

Lestrade - stoicism is over-rated anyway. I hope your afternoon spent with loved ones has been peaceful.

REReader said...

Not at all, Nameless! I'm sure all Republicans should be cringing, big time. :) (I'm seriously considering emigration if he wins the election, that's all I can say!)

I, too, am hoping L&J are having a peaceful and heart-filling afternoon.

Desert Wanderer said...

Sherlock's space-based Shocking Surprise sounds simply spectacular, smashing separate snack sections seamlessly, surpassing simple s'mores.


(Ow.)

REReader said...

Since I stayed indoors like a sensible person during the major storm that hit NYC last night, I missed all the special effects aside from the extreme darkness, but there are some impressive photos of lightening and amazing cloud formations here. (Next time I will be less sensible!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks, everyone. All I can say is I was lucky to have Steve in my life, and am even.locker to now have John and the boys.

They've all been good to me today, and John has been fantastic.

Now, who's watching the Olympic ceremony? Mycroft thinks he will, Sherlock said he will if it's not boring. John thinks I'll fall asleep.

John H. D. Watson said...

If you don't fall asleep you deserve some sort of prize.

REReader said...

I'm glad it was a good day, if that's the right phrase, L.

I watch lots of things because I fall asleep during them! Why shouldn't you? :)

I would absolutely watch the Olympic ceremonies, but I can't because 1) It's airing here Friday night, and I can't watch tv on Shabbat; and 2) Music is a large component of these things, and during the nine days of mourning culminating with the fast of Tisha b'Av Saturday night/Sunday, Orthodox Jews can't listen to music. (That is HARD.) So I can't. So I hope whoever watches will have a report!

Desert Wanderer said...

even.locker to now have John
If you don't fall asleep you deserve some sort of prize.

Is it a prize locker? ;)

(You are lucky, you dog.)

imachar said...

We'll be watching tonight, when it finally airs here...Little I is very excited...

Glad your day was as good as it could have been under the circumstances.

Now that David Cameron has come to the attention of the press in the US they are all scratching their heads over the fact that a self-confessed conservative supports same-sex marriage - that's a mind-boggling contradiction in the US political spectrum...

Greg Lestrade said...

luckier... um, my eyes might have been a bit...fuzzy.

Danger - I shall look forward to that prize :) (when I'm more awake to enjoy it.)

Seriously, though, thank you. I don't know how I'd react to having you crying over a sort-of-ex who could have meant we never met. Not as well as you did, I'm sure.

piplover said...

I'm glad John was there for you today, Lestrade. I hope the rest of the day is a good one, and you all enjoy the Olympics. I'll be watching when I get home from work.

John H. D. Watson said...

L - I might've been...slightly jealous last year when you were talking about him, but even at the time I knew it was a ridiculous reaction. I know he meant a lot to you, and I was glad to be able to go along today. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

DW, you are a very silly person. And I can't even read your description of Sherlock's recipe without giggling.

Don't know if I'll manage to watch the opening ceremony of the olympics -- might try if I find it online. Especially if there are daleks.

I'm glad you and John were able to go together this afternoon. I hope you found some good memories to share with him.

rsf

Desert wanderer said...

Thank you, rsf?

Anonymous said...

:D -- in my world, "Silly" is a high compliment. I do forget that sometimes, though, when I'm talking to people over the age of five.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

John - Yeah. I never know where to... you know, I know you've had a past, you know I have, and it seems stupid not mentioning it, but also sort of...wrong to do it.

I think you can probably guess, but Bry never came to the cemetery with me. I couldn't even tell him I was going. So for you to come with me, it really means a lot, and to listen to me talk about him. Just another reminder to me how great you are.

Anon Without A Name said...

I'll be watcthing the opening ceremony. Currently watching Andrew Marr wax lyrical about the Blitz.

Greg Lestrade said...

well the start of this is... boring.

Anon Without A Name said...

We've had Floyd, the Sex Pistols, Jerusalem, Ismbard Kingdom Brunel, Elgar, rugby and the Shipping Forecast... you've got no soul :-p

Also, I think I saw that tree in an episode of Dr Who one time :-p

REReader said...

....

The shipping forecast?!

Anonymous said...

But are there daleks?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Okay, it's getting a bit more interesting now. I don't know, it all seemed a bit... slow and, well, cringeworthy at first.

I'm finding the rugby vaguely incomprehensible - it's not even an olympic sport!

RR - The Shipping Forecast is something of an institution. I always stop and listen if I'm near a radio when it's on. It's very calming.

Sherlock wants to climb a chimney.

Anon Without A Name said...

ReRe: my twitter feed exploded in glee at that :-)

Slightly concerned we managed to skip the whole "meet the world by colonizing it" bit of our history though :-/

Greg Lestrade said...

It is safe to say we're skipping over some quite important parts...

Greg Lestrade said...

Oooh, it's John! I mean...James... I mean Daniel!

REReader said...

It's very calming.

Ooookay!

Sherlock wants to climb a chimney.

Santa Claus or Mary Poppins? :)


It is safe to say we're skipping over some quite important parts..

Well, it's a pageant, not a history lesson... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

I feel like maybe the British love of the Shipping forecast doesn't translate well, then.

Errr, probably only made sense if you're watching, really. Very large industrial smoke stack.

John H. D. Watson said...

It is very calming. They should have it as a podcast, it would do wonders for insomniacs sound the world.

REReader said...

I don't know if we even have a shipping forecast in the US. (You'd think someone must? We do have a lot of coastline and shipping.)

Very large industrial smoke stack

Well worth the effort, then--must be quite a view from up top!

Greg Lestrade said...

NHS - definitely something to be proud of :) (I've just given my Doc a hug, to show how grateful I am.)

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm more amused than I should be that Danny Boyle has turned the Opening Ceremony into an advert for the NHS :-)

And, James Bond, oh my...

Sherlock said...

I want a light up duvet!

REReader said...

Fun, but perhaps a bit hard to sleep under... :)

I want a NHS HERE!

Greg Lestrade said...

I want a childcatcher on rollerskates... guess we'll both be disappointed, kiddo.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ahhh, Johnny Poppins! I mean, Mary Danger... I mean, it's the Nanny Army!

Okay, this has improved dramatically.

Anon Without A Name said...

RSF - no daleks yet... but surely it can only be a matter of time now...

Greg Lestrade said...

Want to go for a run now.

Sherlock said...

I WANT A ROCKET PACK THAT SHOOTS GLITTER!

REReader said...

Sounds like a successful show, then!

Anon Without A Name said...

Don't we all, Sherlock. Are you enjoying it then?

Sherlock said...

Lestrade has named EVERY song so far but I don't know if he's right because no one else here knows them all

Greg Lestrade said...

...well, to be fair, I'm struggling now we're up to such modern stuff.

REReader said...

Impressive!

Anonymous said...

I hope someone will do a recording of it for the 'net, because I can't get home tonight for a while. Too much work left at work. Glitter rocketpacks sound way too cool.

rsf

Kholly said...

I imagine NBC will at least do a highlight show during prime time tonight.

Anonymous said...

Well they say they'll show it at 7:30, but if I know American TV it will cut away to commercials every ten minutes. :/

rsf

Anon Without A Name said...

I think it's safe to say that it's all been very... British so far :-)

REReader said...

Doesn't matter if they do, RSF--since it's all pretaped, they won't miss anything when they go to commercials, it'll just run longer.

Greg Lestrade said...

it'll seriously break it up, though. It's all one long mixtape, really.

Anonymous said...

*nod* I've been looking at some of the liveblogging on CNN and it sounds like it really flows from one thing to another.

rsf

REReader said...

The joys of commercial television! (I just hope I can find it on the Internet after Sunday so I can see it too!)

Desert Wanderer said...

I'd say the shipping forecast is a bit like listening to Paul Harvey read the news. Just one of those things you can't really explain to other people.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this: https://twitter.com/MetPoliceEvent

I particularly enjoyed:

While you are all being distracted by the #London2012 #OpeningCeremony we've mounted a coup d'etat.

Anon Without A Name said...

RSF - what have CNN been making of it?

Anonymous said...

http://olympics.edition.cnn.com/Event/London-2012-Olympics-Live-Blog?hpt=isp_c1 is the link I've been watching, Nameless. It makes it look well worth trying to watch, if I can get my tv to get NBC when I get home.

rsf

Anon Without A Name said...

Thanks RSF - that definitely captures some of the flavour, if not quite the full-on hardcore eccentricity of it all :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm flagging....

(John hit me for that pun.)

Desert Wanderer said...

While you are all being distracted by the #London2012 #OpeningCeremony we've mounted a coup d'etat.

I'm disappointed they didn't go for the "cop d'etat" pun. :(

Anon Without A Name said...

L - did you catch the clip of the lesbian kiss from Brookside in the snogging montage? Rumours are that the Olympic opening ceremony was directly responsible for the first lesbian kiss to be shown on Saudi Arabian state television :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Really? Brilliant! I love the internet being able to spread things like that.

I did wonder if Mike Read was doing his nut when 'Relax' was chosen in the music... once banned, now representing us to the world ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

John's face is pressed on the screen looking for Federericorn...

John H. D. Watson said...

He gave up carrying the flag for Switzerland because he'd already done it twice. Isn't that nice?

Greg Lestrade said...

He is undoubtedly most kind and generous.

And I bet it doesn't have anything to do with the fact he's playing tomorrow and tucked up in bed already...

REReader said...

It is very nice, though. :)

Anon Without A Name said...

Caster Semenya is carrying the South African flag :-)

L - I did have a chuckle to myself when Relax started playing :-)

US people - nice hats :-)

RSF - still no daleks, but I'm hearing rumours...

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - Fleetwood Mac?

Anon Without A Name said...

L - not those Rumours, no :-p

Anonymous said...

Has Sherlock seen those wings?

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

He's asleep across John and I, so he's missed those. We'll show him in the morning.

Kholly said...

I WANT WING FOR MY BICYCLE

(sorry channeling my inner Sherlock)

Anonymous said...

What a shame, but it is fearsome late.

Lancs. Anon

Anonymous said...

Just got home and caught up -- now I have to go fight withthe tv. Dratted digital broadcasts means an extra box to try to suss out. But it looks like it was all wonderful so far on the CNN link, even if I'm wildly curious about the wings. Goodnight all!

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

That Olympic Anthem is too catchy. I'll never get it out of my head now.

Greg Lestrade said...

right. One day to go, then freedom for 3 whole days.

I'm going to be running on fumes tomorrow...

Greg Lestrade said...

(later today...)

Anon Without A Name said...

Heh, yeah, it didn't have a chorus you could hum along with, did it?

Overall, I think that was a darn sight better than I'd feared. And brilliantly, it pissed off exactly the people one would want to piss off. Danny Boyle's socialist roots showing proud :-)

Anon Without A Name said...

Coffee fumes, presumably? Hope you manage to get a few hours sleep tonight, and survive your shift tomorrow. Hopefully you'll get a chance to have a nap tomorrow afternoon :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

I think he's actually giving off coffee fumes at this point.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm certainly peeing espresso

Anonymous said...

Wow, I saw some of the opening ceremony while I was at work, and it was certainly... something. There wasn't sound, so I didn't quite catch the plot of the, erm, show, but the glimpses I caught had some dancing Abraham Lincolns and some peasants, some singing children, and then a tiny Hunger Games arena, except nobody seemed to be dying.

It was definitely the Britishest thing I've ever seen :p


Oregon Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

When they talk about the public face of policing I don't think they mean grey, bloodshot eyes with bags under them, yawning, messed up knackered old coppers.

Oregon Anon - not sure about dancing Abe Lincolns...

Small Hobbit said...

Oregon Anon - I think that was probably Isambard Kingdom Brunel, rather than Abe Lincoln.

L - that's okay most of the public should be fairly tired this morning so not able to scrutinise your face properly.

Can't say I was greatly taken with the opening ceremony (ducks in case that's very unpatriotic) but I did like the cauldron, which I thought was a brilliant idea and looked incredible.

Greg Lestrade said...

On the contrary, lots of the public are far too perky.

I've had to pose for photos twice now.

SH - I thought it contained flashes of genius. And some... yeah.

Anonymous said...

I managed to watch it, although I was right about the commercials. Don't think they skipped too much except just before the Parade of Nations, and then they kind of compacted some of the entrances of the countries and talked the whole time, so it was hard to hear any of the music.

It was... well... it was a lot of people. Neat, in places, and kind of confusing in others. I'm pretty sure that things got lost along the way. Didn't spot the Shipping News, unless it was a glimpse of a guy doing weather. But clearly they went to Danny Boyle and said, "here, have ALL the toys."

Has Sherlock seen the bicycle wing things yet? *goes off to peer at John's blog...*

Good luck staying awake, Lestrade! Just a few more hours now.

rsf

Desert Wanderer said...

Grey-faced, Lestrade? Are you getting a migraine or dressed as a mime?

OA, I think the Abe Lincolns were the child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but I could be wrong. I was kind of half asleep as I was watching.

Anon Without A Name said...

RSF - the shipping forecast was played quietly over the Elgar, right at the beginning. And I'm not sure whether the reporting on the subject is right or not, but it does sound like one thing that got cut was the short tribute to the victims of the 7/7 attacks, which has caused some consternation.

And I kept dropping hints about daleks last night and they never appeared! Sorry :-( Apparently the show was due to end with another music segment (either before or after Paul McCartney), which was to have included reference to Dr Who amongst other things. That segment was in the leaked music playlist, and was also in the rehearsals, but apparently got cut due to time issues :-(

SH - I don't think it's unpatriotic :-) I loved it, but it appeals to my sense of humour. I can see it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, definitely. I thought the Mr Bean thing went on far too long, and I think they should've just ended with fireworks after the lighting of the cauldron, don't think Sir Paul added anything at all to the proceedings.

L - I'm quite sure you look better than you feel. Presumably you're in uniform too? Lucky tourists, getting photos :-)

pandabob said...

How many cups of coffee are you up to Greg?

Not long now till freedom and some proper rest and fun I hope :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

Where are you that people are taking pictures of you? Can we come and meet you?

Maz said...

I did hear the TARDIS materialization sound during the 60s musical tribute - we pulled it up on iplayer to double check, and yes, we did hear what we thought we heard. Too bad some was cut for time.

For whatever reason, NBC over here replaced the tribute to the 7/7 victims with a Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps. I have no idea why they thought that was a good idea. Completely unnecessary and tasteless and rude, IMO.

John H. D. Watson said...

(Never mind, Sherlock deduced your location from those texts you sent him earlier. We're almost there, whether you want us or not.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Brilliant! I do want you here. I've just finished up

John H. D. Watson said...

I think I see you, but it's hard to tell from behind with the uniform on. Wave your hat or something?

Greg Lestrade said...

(they found me. They had coffee with them. My world got a whole lot better.)

Small Hobbit said...

They know you so well!

John H. D. Watson said...

He had to pose for another photo before we were done with coffee. I don't think it's anything to do with being a policeman, I think that's just an excuse for taking pictures of a very attractive man.

pandabob said...

You mean it wasn't you who wanted the picture John ;-)

Have a lovely afternoon :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

What makes you think I haven't already got some? :)

pandabob said...

I would never question your photo collection John I just thought you might have be requesting payment for the coffee ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

It's just the uniform, nothing else.

Anonymous said...

Maz -- I thought that interview came out of left field. And now that I know what was cut I have sent off a very annoyed email to NBC. Apparently they refused to livestream either the opening or closing ceremonies so they could maximize their ad sells. Grrr.

Sherlock, well done you for deducing where to find Lestrade! I hope you can all do something fun and maybe find ice cream after his shift is over.

rsf (who really wants to be in London. With a camera...)

pandabob said...

(Ok slight worry here. You know it was a joke, the picture for coffee thing, right Greg? )

Sherlock said...

I want to go to where we went camping and swim in the sea, can we go right now please and stay until Lestrade has to work again?

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm on call, mate, I can't go too far away. I'm sorry.

Sherlock said...

But I said please!!

Greg Lestrade said...

I know, you were very good, but I need to stay nearby.

We can swim again here.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, if you ask Lestrade how far he can go while he's on call, then you can try to find out if there are any ponds which allow people your age to swim there within that distance. There may not be any, but at least you would know for sure.


rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

He's in a mood with me - well, with the Met, really. EVen refused to wear my hat, despite how cute he looked, with his curls all sticking out wildly from under it. He's practising his NannyJohn glares.

Never sure if I should try to do something nice to make it up to him, or shrug it off and say 'them's the breaks', so he doesn't get outrageously spoiled.

I'll defer to the Nanny's opinion, I reckon...

Jaws said...

Help! I'm in need of a domestic deity!

(Maybe Mrs Hudson this time though)

Long story short, my parents are away and I'm watching their dogs. All well and good but one dog got into their room and left yucky dog drool/blood/stuff on their bedspread. It's half polyester half nylon, some shiny faux-silk thing, will it be safe to soak the yucky bits in something?

(I just thought, you guys are dog owners and Sherlock and Lestrade get themselves covered in various things...)

Greg Lestrade said...

Um...yeah, John or Mrs H are the laundry experts.

But I'd say just wash it in warm water with a mild-ish detergent. Mind you, I say that about most things.

John H. D. Watson said...

Depends what you plan to soak it in? Vinegar and water is good for getting dog smell out of things. Cold water and detergent is good for blood. The only thing I might worry about with the shiny fabric is if it'll dry evenly and not leave water marks, but you could spot test that somewhere small and unnoticeable. Unless there are dire warnings on the label though, I think it'll be fine.

You could look here too, there might be more advice:

http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/

Anon Without A Name said...

Sounds like a lovely idea for a treasure hunt - John and the boys find their Lestrade, Lestrade gets his favourite boys and coffee :-)

Has Sherlock perked up a bit? (I ill admit to veering towards "thems the breaks" myself, but given I've got no kids, I'm speaking from a position of complete ignorance).

Small Hobbit said...

L - I'd say do something nice for all of you.

Jaws - if you can I'd wash the whole of the bedspread as you can almost guarantee that either the mark won't come out, or the bit you've cleaned is then lighter than the rest of it.

John H. D. Watson said...

re: bedspread - yeah, any soaking should be a prelude to washing the whole thing.

L - it's not your fault you're on call, and you don't have to make it up to him, but I'm sure we can all find something fun to do nearby once you've had some sleep. And I'd be happy to wear your hat. ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, my hat and.... nothing else? ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha. Planning on sending the boys to the cinema?

Greg Lestrade said...

If we did, then by the time you'd given them 20p and spat on a hanky to clean their faces, I'd be asleep and you'd wish you'd gone with them.

John H. D. Watson said...

Heh. I know. You could take a nap, you know.

Jaws said...

Thanks John and SH, I used some enzymatic spray that usually gets blood out of things, I tested it so fingers crossed!
(I also am soaking/washing the pillowcases, if it does fade, no one has to know...)

piplover said...

That is an amazing website, John! Thanks for the link. I can see quite a few things I'll be working on tomorrow.

John H. D. Watson said...

Glad you found it useful! I like it a lot myself.

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