March 25th, 2010

Remembering Patrick Troughton

For those who are fans of Doctor Who, today is the anniversary of the birth of actor Patrick Troughton.

Born March 25th, 1920, Patrick Troughton was the Second Doctor on the acclaimed tv series, and the first actor to replace the original Doctor, William Hartnell, and is thus the first regeneration of the Time Lord. It was a bold move on the part of the production team to replace the actor in the title role, and Doctor Who could have been a disaster from that point on. But it wasn't, and Patrick Troughton was the reason. His Doctor was unofficially known later on as "the cosmic hobo" due to the mannerisms that Troughton imbued the character with, but he could be as serious as needed when called upon. And when Troughton's Doctor was being serious, you knew that serious trouble was afoot.

Patrick Troughton's Doctor was my favourite in the role, though I also loved the William Hartnell Doctor. Sadly, much of Troughton's serials from the series no longer exist, and he is the most under-represented of the incarnations of the Time Lord on DVD.

So raise a glass today for the Second Doctor and the man who portrayed him so brilliantly, Patrick Troughton.

Happy Birthday, Fish 'n Chips!

Today marks another birthday, of sorts, in the food industry this time.

Happy Birthday, Fish 'n chips!

Today celebrates the 150th birthday of that English stape dish, fish 'n chips (that's fish 'n french fries to you Yanks and some Canucks). The dish emerged from the fried fish cooked by the Jewish community in London's East End and the chipped potatoes favoured in the factories of the industrial northwest England. It's believed the first fish and chips shop was set up in 1860, although chippies in northern England and London still argue over where the shop is.

The health issue over anything deep fried makes it seem very unhealthy, but apparently if cooked properly, fish 'n chips is healthier than many of the other fast foods available today.

So hoist an order of fish 'n chips today, and celebrate its birthday. :)
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DRE and Lunch at the Conroy Pub

Just came back from the doctor's office.

I can confirm, after my second DRE in three months, that having a prostate exam is still not a comfortable experience.

That said, in honour of the Fish 'n Chips Birthday, I went and had lunch at the Conroy Pub on my way home from work. Fish 'n chips, natch! Absolutely brilliant food! Nothing like fish 'n chips in a pub, well, except for fish 'n chips in a paper wrapper the way they were meant to be served! :)

Definitely made me forget about the DRE and all, for sure. :)