North Korea: The Inside Story

Posted: December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Very interesting insight into North Korea


Gallery  —  Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thaikhun, Manchester

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Neil On Meals

According to the old proverb, ‘a Sunday well spent brings a week of content’. On this basis, when Nyssa and I were invited for lunch with friends in Manchester we obviously couldn’t refuse.

After finding out we would be dining at the relatively new Thai ‘street food’ restaurant in Spinningfields, Thaikhun, I had some reservations. I’d read mixed reviews about the restaurant and I’m not a massive fan of that particular area, but of course I wanted to give it a try for myself.


Thaikhun attempts to bring a taste of Thailand to Manchester, hence the name, which is supposed to be pronounced tycoon (in “celebration of the street food vendors who are the real foodie entrepreneurs on the streets of Bangkok”).

The interior is the most perfectly planned and expensive array of Thai ‘tat’ ever assembled, however it was interesting and on the whole reminded me of my travels, and I always appreciate a little…

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CW33 Dallas / Ft. Worth

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It’s that time of the year when everyone reveals their Best of 2014 Lists.

So, who and what made the “top of the top” list? Yeah, we’re talking about Google, folks.

Here are the 10 most popular searches in the U.S.  for this year.

Nope, NewsFix didn’t make the cut. Hey, there’s always next year.

But the Ukraine Crisis did, coming in at #10.

No surprise for #9. People actually googled the movie Frozen more than the future king of England and Beyoncé’s baby?

Number 8, all the drama unfolding in Ferguson.

Then ISIS, the world’s most dangerous group of terrorists lands at #7.

Number 6 had folks taking a cold plunge for a cause. Or was it just for the attention?

Number 5, apparently the Flappy Bird app has folks hooked.

And it looks like folks haven’t forgotten Malaysia Airlines, still…

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Crab Cake with An Asian Twist

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Cooking with Kathy Man


200 g taro
50 g glutinous flour
100 g frozen crabmeat
100 g grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp five-spice powder
3/4 tsp salt
dash of ground white pepper
1 egg, beaten
tapioca powder for coating


  1. Cook taro in water until tender. Mash taro and add five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Defrost crab meat. Wash and drain. Sprinkle with a little pepper.
  3. Add glutinous flour to mashed taro. Mix to form a dough. Cut into two halves.
  4. Shape each of the dough into one 0.5-cm thick rectangular sheets.
  5. Spread on layer of grated cheese on top of the taro sheet, followed by one layer of crabmeat and then another layer of cheese.
  6. Lay the second layer of the taro sheet on top and press firmly.
  7. Chill the cake in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  8. Brush egg over taro cake. Sprinkle some tapioca starch on top.
  9. Fry taro…

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Red Curry Meatballs

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


The bizarre story of Brad Friedel’s alleged attempt to block Tim Howard’s 2003 move to Manchester United has taken its final twist, as Howard is asking his publisher to amend the controversial account in his new book, “The Keeper.”

Friedel was outraged at claims in Howard’s book that he did not help his fellow United States goalkeeper get a job in the Premier League because it was easier than his route. Friedel, the current Spurs backstop, demanded an apology.

[ MORE: Thierry Henry retires ]

And now Howard has “accepted” that the story wasn’t true.

In addition to making first editions of “The Keeper” a collector’s item of sorts, the statement also calls into question what sort of relationship existed between the goalkeepers that this story was never…

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Filipe Luis’ wonderful free kick was his first as a Chelsea player, and helped the Blues into the semifinals of the League Cup with a 3-1 win over Derby County on Tuesday.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelsea, and were up 2-0 before Craig Bryson’s 71st minute tally for the Rams provided an exciting finish. But a red card was shown to Derby’s Jake Buxton in the 78th minute, and Andre Schurrle added a goal to restore Chelsea’s two-goal lead.

Chelsea also had a scare when a head injury to defender Kurt Zouma led to his being stretchered off the field at Derby.

The Blues will be joined by the winners of Wednesday’s quarterfinal games, and Sheffield United.

[ MORE: Remembering Beasley’s USMNT career ]

That’s because the Blades continued their Cup magic with a 1-0 upset win over Southampton at Bramhall Lane on Tuesday. Marc McNulty put home a rebound…

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First Perspectives

After rebounding strongly in the morning, U.S. stocks reached their peak shortly before noon on Tuesday and spent the afternoon in retreat, eventually closing at their lowest levels of the day.

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