A couple of months ago, my partner - who is Swedish - and I made a version of a princess cake when celebrating her birthday. It is layers of sponge with raspberry jam and cream in between; with whipped cream mounted on top; and the whole then covered by coloured marzipan. Icing sugar is typically sifted on top of the marzipan.

Perhaps our sides could have used a more delicate touch; but I think our domed top bettered the efforts of the talented and amiable competitors on last week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off.

Princess cakes are usually covered with green marzipan. Apparently a variant using pink or red marzipan may be called an operatårta instead of a prinsesstårta - that is, an opera cake rather than a princess cake - though this was unbeknownst to us when we opted for pink.

Brown, Green, Purple

Rock Face and Sun Loungers

Oneohtrix Point Never - ‘Music For Steamed Rocks’


Happy Birthday Werner Herzog! Born today September 5th 1942.

Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.

Where Pitchfork, a couple of weeks ago, opted scurrilously to name the hundred best albums of the decade so far, I have been more considered when choosing instead the best twenty-one.

A model of taste, bearing the loftiest critical values expressed in sharp analytical prose, here is culturedallroundman’s ‘Twenty-One Best Albums of the Decade So Far: 2010-2014’.

Murcia: Steps, Trees, Beach, Restaurant

La Cala Cove and the Mediterranean

Elvis - ‘One Night’ (‘68 Comeback Special, First Sit-Down Show)

'One Night' was originally penned by Dave Bartholomew, a New Orleans-based bandleader and composer best known for his fruitful partnership with Fats Domino, and Earl King, a blues musician in his own right who co-wrote with Bartholomew under the pseudonym 'Pearl'.

Titled ‘One Night (Of Sin)’, in 1956 the song was a minor hit on the rhythm and blues chart for Smiley Lewis. The original contained couplets of lament, its verses opening with the lyrics ‘One night of sin / Is what I’m now paying for’, and ‘Don’t call my name / It makes me feel so ashamed’.

An admirer of Lewis, Elvis first recorded a version of ‘One Night (Of Sin)’ on 18 January, 1957, during sessions at Paramount Pictures for the Loving You soundtrack. RCA proved reluctant to use the recording, owing to concern over the song’s suggestive lyrics. Thus after shooting for Loving You began on 21 January, Elvis spent some of his free time on the set reworking the song. 

Bartholomew and King’s couplets were replaced by words of hope and promise: ’One night with you / Is what I’m now praying for’, and ‘Just call my name / I’ll be right by your side’. On 23 February, at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, Elvis recorded ‘One Night’ with his new lyrics.

However the song was shelved once again; the Loving You soundtrack and film were released at the beginning of July; and it wasn’t until 21 October, 1958 - after the release of King Creole, and with Elvis now in the army and RCA hungry for material - that ‘One Night’ saw the light of day. It rose to number four on the Billboard singles chart in the United States, going on to reach number one in the United Kingdom.