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WSP: Doris-the-computer was quite convinced that our train was going to Worcester Shrub Park on Friday night. She told us so over three or four complete sets of announcements. Her insistance wasn't misplaced: our train wasn't going anywhere, with a broken-down freight train monopolizing two of the three rails between Didcot Parkway and Reading. Worcester Shrub Park might well be a rather dull destination for all I know, but it sounded so funny in the midst of a contemplative wait, time unknown, in the dark of railway obscurity.

Bregna: It was so odd to see a relaxed blonde Charlize Theron on stage tonight (and clips of Frances McDormand from North Country) at tonight's BAFTAs, after seeing both in other incarnations in the decent-but-not-better Aeon Flux this afternoon. In another miracle of last minute coordination, I had the pleasure of oursin's company for today's movie-going expedition. The movie was very solidly a creature of its genre, and fairly satisfying for that. Back at the BAFTAs, meanwhile, I was delighted to see the Wallace and Gromit movie win best British Film!

Corner Store: C. and I have been a sad pair lately. He's down with a cold and I'm still limping slightly (but I'm so much better than I was a few days ago!) As a consequence, there has been no grocery shopping in our recent past. We had takeaway food from Rotisserie Jules for the first time in a long, long while (still tasty), and I popped a bag of the only kind of popcorn I could find at Waitrose. I'll need a different grocery store to buy "normal" popcorn. Our local corner store has provided our lunches. Tomorrow, however, a grocery store expedition awaits.

Also, my first experience with pomegranate juice was not a promising one, even for a juice aficionado such as myself: Pomegreat tasted like vitamin-fortified Kool-Aid. This might explain why it's popular among some crowds, or it might explain why I should try a different brand of juice.


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Feb. 20th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
I tried the Pom brand of pomegranate juice, and I found it to be rather tasty.

Of course, now I have to spend time in the underworld every year. But hey, juice!
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
I've seen pomegranate juice absolutely everywhere in the last couple years, but I still haven't tried it - I think it's partly the expense, and partly not having a particular reason to try it. But I think it's the kind of thing you're suppose to mix in cocktails or with soda. I remember all the pre-holiday food shows were talking about pomegranate martinis, with the seeds in for decoration instead of an olive.
Feb. 20th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
A couple of years ago, POM Wonderful created the pomegranate juice market. They're privately owned by the Franklin Mint company, which was able to sink huge amounts of money into it up front to help its success along, including funding lots of very reputable research by top scientists into its affects on the human body, while they were growing up their first crops in California. The company owners are very wealthy and very well-connected, which helped expedite its very visible placement amount stars and get it sponsored as part of official Hollywood event cocktails. I have nothing against the company - I've yet to try their product! - but I do find it an interesting backstory. I was going to provide the link to the article I read on this a few months back, but I can't find the same one anymore. Anyways, a few more companies are now jumping on the bandwagon, but POM Wonderful primed the market nicely and so have a dominant share. It also helped that thanks to their good connections, they could do things like approach the presidents of supermarkets directly to ask that their juice be placed with the produce instead of in the juice section - more eye catching.

(POM Wonderful, by the way, is the name of a particular strain of pomegranates)

There you go. Random things I remember from an article I read several months ago.
Feb. 21st, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
I found pomegranate juice rather too...I don't know...strong? Sweet? Until I decided that the thing to do was to mix it with seltzer, about half and half, or maybe one-third juice to two-thirds seltzer, and then it is lovely and perfect. Still costs too much, though.
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