The only problem with 'Restaurant Day' is 'The Day After Restaurant Day'.

May 20th, 2012

Dan Hill on the joys of Helsinki's Restaurant Day:

Ravintolapäivä is "Restaurant Day" […] After starting in Helsinki a year ago, Ravintolapäivä's role is to suggest "a food carnival when anyone can open a restaurant for a day".

Which it is, although this doesn't quite describe the genesis of the event, which came out of frustration with the effort required to set up a restaurant in Helsinki, of the kind that is open for more than a single day. […]

Today, though, the sun was shining, the streets were full, and that frustration was long forgotten, given the explosion of invention on offer. […]

For instance, our first stop this morning was for breakfast served from a little wicker basket lowered from a first floor window into the group of waiting customers below. Euros are stuffed in the basket, and up it goes. You shout up your order. Breakfast comes back.

The string had a menu attached, featuring egg and bacon, or eggs benedict, in home-baked English muffins (both hot bacon sandwiches and English muffins are extremely difficult to come by in Helsinki.) This is, again, not exactly within the law, but if this is considered a problem, then I believe the saying is the law is an ass. […]

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April 9th, 2012

For some strange reason, reading this list of the five most pathetic female film characters of all time prompted me to watch Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed again.1

  1. I know I've linked to that video before, but it really can't be linked to too often. I really must rewatch Buffy some time soon.

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Are we quite sure this story isn't just a viral for a new Mel Brooks movie?

January 7th, 2011

Hitler-mocking dog enraged Nazis:

BERLIN – Newly discovered documents have revealed a bizarre footnote to the history of the Second World War: a Finnish mutt whose imitation of the Hitler salute enraged the Nazis so deeply that they started an obsessive campaign against the dog's owner.

Absurdly, a totalitarian state that dominated most of Europe was unable to do much about Jackie and his paw-raising parody of Germany's Fuehrer. […]

Half a dozen screenwriters will be sending their agents outline scripts for the film adaptation before the month is out.

[Via The Awl]

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

December 14th, 2010

I'd completely failed to notice the UK release of Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like a lot of fun. Nasty, creepy fun. Perhaps the best Xmas film since Bad Santa?

[Via The Bureau Chiefs]

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