The Vines Of Brittany Furlan!

I gave up watching TV a while ago because frankly, it’s bollocks. All of it.

I turned to Vine and found Brittany Furlan straight away and she’s now my favourite person on the entire internet. Actually, I’m probably in love with her! But anyway…

Brittany’s built up a massive fanbase by making amazingly funny Vine videos and the best part is that she is completely fucking one hundred per cent off her head MAD! The best people always are, aren’t they?

You can check out Brittany’s Vine profile HERE. These are some of my favourites so far…

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Recipe: Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni.

Hi pals!

Today, I’m gonna give you my recipe for Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni!
…Well, it’s not actually my recipe. I got it from my Mother, Kathleen, and then tweaked it a bit (and I think my Mum found it in a magazine) but the way I see things is: If you slightly tweak a recipe, that recipe is now yours! Anyway…

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni.
Serves 4.

You Will Need…
* 500/11b 2oz Spinach.
* 200g/7oz Ricotta cheese (Mashed).
* 1 Egg.
* Ground Black Pepper.
* 250g/9oz Fresh cannelloni tubes.
* 1 Shallot.
* 1 Garlic clove.
* 1 tbsp of olive oil.
* 200g can of chopped tomatoes.
* 2 tbsp of butter (& extra for greasing).
* 1 tbsp of flour.
* 250 ml/8fl oz milk.
* 80g/3 oz grated Parmesan cheese.
* Basil.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan oven to 160°C/Gas Mark 4.
Rinse the spinach well then put into a saucepan dripping wet and heat over a medium heat until it wilts.
Drain, refresh in cold water, drain again and squeeze the water out.
Roughly chop and mix with the ricotta cheese. Stir in the egg and season with black pepper.
Spoon the mixture into the cannelloni and place in a greased baking dish.

(Before we go on, I should say that I find the spooning of the mixture into the cannelloni tubes to be very fiddly so I prefer to use cannelloni sheets and roll my own tubes. It’s just easier.)

2. Finely dice the shallot and garlic.
In a frying pan, heat the oil and cook the shallot and garlic on a low heat until translucent.
Add the tomatoes and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.

3. For the white sauce, melt 1 tbsp of butter in a saucepan.
Stir in the flour and cook for a few minutes without browning and then gradually stir in the milk.
Simmer and stir it for 10 minutes(ish).
Season with black pepper and add half the Parmesan cheese.

4. Spread the tomato mixture of the cannelloni.
Pour the white sauce over and sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan cheese.
Dot with the remaining butter and bake for 30-35 minutes.
When done, garnish with basil and serve!

With any luck, you should end up with something that looks like this…

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Illustration: The Evolution Of A Skeleton.

I did this for a gig poster…

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I’ll post more details about the gig when I find them out but I do that it’s in Glasgow sometime in October. Here’s how the illustration started…

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Thoughts On Rik Mayall.

I’d like to talk about Rik Mayall who died last month.

Rik Mayall meant and still very much means a lot to me. I learned (And stole, and continue to steal) a lot from Rik. He was a giant to me.

I can’t be bothered to delve into my vast (VAST!) library of books (Of which I have definitely read!) and look up what Stephen Fry said about Rik in his book, “The Fry Chronicles”, but he described Rik Mayall along these lines…

He could be silly, charming, childish, vain and inconsequential in a way that simply and unequivocally delighted. You didn’t question it, analyse it, applaud its cleverness, appreciate its social meaning or admire the work behind it, you simply adored it, as you would any natural phenomenon.”

Stephen Fry seems like a lovely person. I like how Stephen Fry sounds like Stephen Fry even in text. (That’s probably because he IS Stephen Fry…). Anyway, I think that Stephen Fry shouldn’t be so hard on himself. But I’ll address that another time. We’re talking about Rik Mayall here!

I have almost died from laughing twice in my life. The first time was Rik Mayall’s fault and the second time was Billy Connolly’s fault. I wonder if they could’ve been arrested by the Police if I had have expired? I really must look that up just in case I ever see anyone funny on BBC THREE.

A few ‘modern’ ‘comedians’ have also almost made me die (Hi, BBC THREE ‘comedians’!) but only from sighing and as far as I know, they can’t be arrested and sent down for life for that yet. Although, that should be a jail-able offence! I’m friends with the Fuzz, y’know!

I had an oppurchoonity to meet Rik once after I went to see a play of his because I go to see plays all the time but I decided not to in the end. After all, what would I have said? “Hi Rik, I’m Al! I go and see plays ALL the time!”? No, I don’t think so.

So I didn’t.

And that’s that.

Goodbye Rik Mayall. I will miss you.

…And hey, if I ever get the opporchoonity to meet Stephen Fry, I will do it! He seems like a bloody nice feller…

Rik

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The Art Of “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin.

I caught a glimpse of this from the other side of a record shop last year and quickly marched forward and bought it without looking or realising what it was…

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I don’t have the greatest vision in the World. All I knew was that there was a big scary green face and that I had to have it. T’was of course, the score to one of my favourite Horror flicks, “Re-Animator”. And it was on vinyl too!

The cover was drawn by Toronto based artist, designer and illustrator, ‘Ghoulish’ Gary Pullin, and as you’re about to see, Gary is one of the leading artists in the recent revival in illustrated film posters and album covers…

The cover of the soundtrack to “They Live”, released by Death Waltz records…

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This is Gary’s cover illustration for Arrow Films & Video’s upcoming Blu-Ray release of “The Incredible Melting Man”…I love this…

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From his website, here’s a little bit about the very talented Ghoulish Gary…

Whereas the infamous Dr. Frankenstein created a solitary monster in his own image, Ghoulish Gary Pullin has redefined what an entire world’s worth of monsters would look like for a new generation of monster kids, his imagination more bold and beastly than the bottomless pit of colourful creatures that flow out of his gnarled fingers and cursed pencil.”

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Ever since an old, unscrupulous priest gifted young Gary with his first set of markers at the tender age of six, he’s been developing his unique style that has bled into scads of mediums in and out of the genre. Despite being weaned on the mock horror of Saturday morning TV’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein, the glorious and garish gore of ’80s slasher films and the theatrical films of Vincent Price, it was at a commercial design firm where Gary first put an edge on his scythe, though the staid restrictions of the straight world eventually proved unfit for the graveness he was truly seeking. He soon found what he was looking for at Rue Morgue, the world’s best-selling horror magazine, where he acted as Art Director for the past thirteen years. He was the creative force behind virtually all design aspects of the respected publication, including the masthead logo, covers, event posters, merchandise and websites. Gary helped shape the ever-evolving face of horror, leading him to work with many notable contemporaries such as musician/filmmaker Rob Zombie and artist Mike Mignola (Hellboy), as well as the influences that inspired him to create in the first place, such as horror icons Clive Barker and Basil Gogos.”

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His award-winning illustrations and designs have also appeared in popular magazines such as HorrorHound, Famous Monsters of Filmland, heavy metal magazine Revolver and beloved pop culture rag Royal Flush; on DVD releases for Anchor Bay’s Hilarious House of Frightenstein box sets, cover artwork for Arrow Video’s re-issues of Tobe Hooper’s LifeForce, Jeff Lieberman’s Squirm and Wes Craven’s Deadly Blessings. He’s worked in the music industry creating packaging for vinyl releases of Death Waltz Records They Live soundtrack, WaxWork Records Re-Animator release, Glass Eye Pix’s “radio plays for the digital age” Tales From Beyond the Pale; and gig posters, T-shirts and album art for bands including Misfits, Tiger Army, The Brains, Ghoultown, Electric Frankenstein and The Creepshow.”

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Most recently, Gary has been focusing on alternative poster art for films, working with poster houses Mondo, Skuzzles and Fright Fest Originals in the UK, and has been working closely with Glass Eye Pix on the upcoming Night of the Living Dead documentary, Birth of the Living Dead. When he’s not making monsters, someone’s usually sticking a pen or a camera in his face as Gary has written numerous art-related articles for Rue Morgue, his column The Fright Gallery appears in the magazine each month and he has been interviewed for several genre-related documentaries, the latest being Fanboy Confessional – a new TV show on SPACE about fans and personalities with an undying love for counter-culture“.

In this video, Ghoulish Gary talks about illustrated film poster art and his influences:

Links…
Ghoulish Gary’s Website
Death Waltz Recording Company
Arrow Films

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