The clip show. When a TV series wants to indulge in some onanistic nostalgia, they will often churn out an episode of greatest hits.
You start to watch, and you say to yourself, "God, have they completely run out of ideas? They're just dialling this in - I've seen this a million times", and you grab the remote to change the channel pronto.
But then you find yourself sinking back onto the sofa, as you think, "I don't think I've seen this one", or "That was funnier than I remember", and you give in and let the past wash over you.
This is a long-winded way of saying here's some stuff from my blog archives but for a very specific reason -I’ve been nominated by fellow blogger Gourmet Traveller to participate in Tripbase’s “My 7 Links" project. Her blog is beautiful by the way - go take a look.
The stated goal of Tripbase’s project is "to unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned (yes, I know) and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again".
The premise is simple. Provide links to 7 blog posts under the following categories, don’t over-think it, and pick five other bloggers to do the same:
- Your most beautiful post
- Your most popular post
- Your most controversial post
- Your most helpful post
- A post whose success surprised you
- A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
- The post that you are most proud of
- YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL POST
Probably On the Road to Mandalay, on returning to the place from which my father and his family hail. It makes me miss Burma.
– YOUR MOST POPULAR POST
Svið - Satan's Face on a Plate, about an interesting meal I had in Iceland last year, closely followed by my recaps of MasterChef. This both saddens and pleases me.
– YOUR MOST CONTROVERSIAL POST
Nothing like Good Customer Service which can't really be separated from Dinner by Heston, meh. The latter made the head chef unfollow me on Twitter - BOO-yah.
I still kinda like Heston Blumenthal, mind.
– YOUR MOST HELPUL POST
Helpful? Helpful? Jeez, I don't know.
I guess Tokyo's Best little Sushi Bar None has enabled a few people find their sushi heaven whilst in Japan, plus I provided a super-helpful bilingual picture guide to different types of sushi. You're welcome.
– A POST WHOSE SUCCESS SURPRISED YOU
Kellogg's Nature's Pleasure - Ban This Filth - this was me being completely infantile, but this silliness was then picked up by a couple of media outlets including Serious Eats and went vaguely viral.
And Kellogg's proved themselves to have a sense of humour too. A happy ending. Although they then discontinued the cereal in question.
– A POST YOU FEEL DIDN'T GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVED
Behind the Scenes at Kai We Care just because the video took me so. freaking. long. to make.
Where's the love, people? Where's the love?
– THE POST THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF
I'm cheating here by choosing two unrelated ones.
Thoughts on Radiation Poisoning which dealt with an illness I've never really spoken about and started my mini-campaign to raise money for earthquake-hit Japan, and Meat Fruit is not a Double Entendre about the patheticness of Top Gear-style "banter".
So there you have it - a trip down memory lane - hopefully you enjoyed it. And if you didn't, why are you here?
I now pass on the baton to five of my favourite blogs: