Friday, 19 August 2011

Andrews, Bareham, Davies and Jenkins ...

Andrews is right yet wrong, he is right to applaud the efforts of students, but wrong to hold up the Welsh Baccalaureate as an excuse for poor comparative results with the rest of Britain, he is also wrong to ignore the need for top A* grades as the entry level for the best universities, our university potential students need top grades for top universities, there is little point aspiring to the 2nd division.

Unfortunately Andrews needs to look at our 5 year old, do you remember the 7 P's, Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance, it can be equally applied to education because children need good preparation to succeed, this is the last chance saloon for the next generation of graduates in Wales.  Time to start work as the hourglass sand is inexorable trickling away.

Lindsey Bareham, familiar to readers of The Times, 
might be saying "let them eat rice", but what rice ...

Vodka Plums with rice pudding ...
Serves 6  prep: 20 min, cook: 2½ hours plus cooling

50g butter; 75g caster sugar; 100g pudding rice; 1 litre full-fat milk; 1 vanilla pod; 150ml double cream; Pinch of salt; Nutmeg; 2 bay leaves; ½ vanilla pod; 300ml water; 3 strips orange zest; 3 tbsp vodka; 3 tbsp demerara sugar; 6 large, ripe plums
Heat the oven to 140C/gas 1.
Melt the butter in a 1½ litre pan that can take direct heat and go in the oven, or begin cooking, in a sauté pan and have a deep gratin dish to transfer the pudding into.
Add the sugar, stirring gently over a medium-low heat until straw-coloured and gooey.
Add the rice and continue stirring, until the rice looks puffy, pale golden and syrup-sticky.
Add the milk, stirring as it heats to disperse any clumps of rice.
Add the vanilla pod (split lengthways) and squash it around a bit so that it releases its seeds.
Add cream and salt and bring to the boil.
Season generously with freshly grated nutmeg, stir then place in the oven for 2 ½-3 hours, until just starting to set but still slightly liquid looking in the centre.
Leave to cool.
As it cools, it will firm slightly more. Serve lukewarm or cold as milk puddings have very little flavour eaten piping hot.
Place bay leaves, half a vanilla pod, 300ml water, zest and vodka in a pan that can accommodate the halved plums in a single layer.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the sugar to dissolve.
Halve the plums round their middles.
Twist apart and pull out the stone.
Place, cut side uppermost, in the pan.
Cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat, turn the plums, leave for 5 minutes then transfer to a serving bowl and leave to go cold.

Davies is holding today's poisoned chalice ...

The director of Wales' Community Health Councils (CHCs) said The Welsh Language Board requirements under the Welsh Language Act were "unrealistic" unless there were additional funding, it seems the organisation is between a rock and a hard place, a no win situation for the public if Davies has to make a decision between "translation" and "NHS monitoring", I wonder what the financial implications across the board will be, how much extra money will the various organisation in Wales need, exactly how will the First Minister handle the situation.  ?It begs the question "what services will need trimming to fund the requirements".

Could this be exactly why we need tax raising powers in Wales, so that the public can be made aware of the effect of legislation on their pockets, so that the public can say yea or nay and politicians stay focused.

... and coming up in the rear is ...

Jenkins ...I have it good authority she is sulking.


  1. who cares about the petulent Ms jenkins she is not an asset to her party

  2. The rice is very good ...

    ... you are right, Jenkins is not important, an irritation, does she comment as CapM.

  3. her or one of her minders she has a whole tribe of them

  4. I didn't think she was important enough to have minders, is it a job for Cymru X I wonder ?