Decision 2014: Politics, Pistorious or Pikelets?
I can’t get away from politics today. I am still a registered voter in New Zealand. Surprise, surprise! Thanks to passing through immigration last year for my sister’s wedding, I am still a Ponsonby voter. Apologies to those who actually live at 7 Ponsonby Terrace but I’m sure my vote won’t upset the household too much. After far too much deliberation for such a despairing collection of parties, I decided on a protest vote for my party vote. I exercised my right to vote but chose a party who won’t make the five percent threshold (No it wasn’t the McGillicuddy Serious Party). As for the electorate, I just went for the person I thought was best for the job. End of story. Probably the hardest thing about watching a General Election from afar is the idea that you’re only getting one newspapers version of proceedings. The New Zealand Herald has such a monopoly,they can essentially put whatever they like in a ‘digi-poll’ and the punters will lap it up. Here’s to the future and maybe a fledging newspaper to stir up some trouble in the City of Sails. Let’s move on to something less controversial…
Oscar Pistorius. I am watching the BBC news feed as I type this and it seem’s old Mr Blade Runner isn’t guilty of murder or pre-meditated murder according to verdicts read so far. It’s a little troubling but what would be worse is if the culpable homicide charge is turfed out – This is the one we call manslaughter in New Zealand and Ireland. If there is no responsibility placed on Oscar Pistorius’ shoulders for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, then I would have to suggest there has been a miscarriage of justice. This is a man who took great joy in carrying firearms and even felt the need to fire a loaded wepon out of the sun roof of his car. As much as he has been painted as a victim of sorts – the portrayal of a frightened man shooting into a locked bathroom door in the middle of the night just doesn’t wash. He has a history and invariably those who go to great lengths to carry guns privately (military and police excluded of course) are not always found to be the responsible citizens they claim they are on their firearm license applications. This libertarian way of existence has shown up time and time again that a hugely irresponsible few will likely ruin it for the rest. Let’s move on to something less controversial…
Thank you Edmonds Cookbook!
Edmond’s Pikelet recipe
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup Milk (about)
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Edmonds Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
25g (1 oz) butter optional
Beat the egg and sugar until thick and add with the milk to the sifted flour, salt and baking powder. Lastly add melted butter. Mix until smooth and cook in spoonfuls on a hot greased girdle…
…there you have it. Serve with red or blue jam (the colour doesn’t matter) and spread liberally or conservatively with a coalition of cream.