Monday, September 15, 2008

24 Hour Tarts

Hello, just popping in for a minute with something I want to share with you.

About five minutes' walk from where I'm staying in Singapore is a 24 hour bakery. By this I mean a bakery that's open a full 24 hours a day, not like in England where "open 24 hours" would mean it would be open for that many hours in a week.

A bit like the old line about why a 7-11, which is open 24 hours a day, needs doors, this bakery is open to the outdoors. It's just kind of there, on a bit of pavement, serving a mixture of sweet things and savouries, from curry puffs to husband cakes. Honestly they have husband cakes and wife cakes. I haven't tried either but I look at the wife cakes with a sense of fear and trepidation.

I've woken up in the middle of the night and contemplated walking down to the outlet for a quick sausage roll or one of those weird looking Singaporean cakes that are decorated with the detail and skill previously used on the Taj Mahal. So far I've resisted the temptation but I don't know how much longer I'm going to last.

Just about everyone's excited about the Grand Prix here and it's hard not to get caught up in that fervour and feel the energy and intensity myself. I've seen bits of the course, instructions about where to park during the race period and things that make me wish I'll be here when it's going on. Even if I wasn't actually "trackside" I would have loved to have been here to soak up the atmosphere fully.

I saw 6 has put out her newest post and I'm one of the many who's been reading it with interest and is glad to see her back. We've been lonely without her and a good post about a woman's mastubatory habits is just the thing to read on a cold winter's night.

Talking of reading I whizzed though a PG Wodehouse book the other day and it reminded of exactly why I think he's the wittiest writer to chuck ink on a page since writing began. His use of language and portrayal of characters is to English comedic literature what Fawlty Towers is to British TV comedy.

Like a 24 hour bakery. Pure class.

Have a good week all.


Anonymous said...

Good to read you! Ha it is like the McDonald's down a block from my house and I have not eaten there ever since I moved in three years ago! I just watched (I am a fan) a bit of redneck grand free which we call Nascar racing! I loved PG Wodehouse as a kid, Psmith Series was the best for me!

Java Jones said...

Viva Wodehouse! Long live Bertie Wooster, Jeeves and all those other crazies!!

I saw the Jeeves TV series not long ago and was astounded how close they got to the real thing!

Enjoy Singapore - 'bird in the hand', as they say...!!

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Java - I'm also a big fan of the Fry and Laurie portrayal of Jeeves and Wooster. I think it's one of the few TV adaptations that did total justice to the books. Perfect casting all round.

sach said...

Viva Wodehouse indeed.

Java, have you seen the DVD boxset for Jeeves and Wooster anywhere? I've been looking for it for several years but haven't come across it as yet.

About 24 hour tarts, Melaka and M'sia has a franchise called The Tart Shop. I'm sure I have a photo somewhere.

Soixante Neuf said...


Hahahaha. This had me giggling out loud at work (as usual).Mostly because I thought you meant something completely different by '24 hours Tarts'. Yes I know. Mind out of the gutter, 6.

Love Wodehouse. Have you read one called "Laughing Gas"? One of the funniest books I've ever read. I laughed almost as much as I do when I read your blog :)

Grew up watching Fawlty Towers by the way. Brilliant stuff.


Ps - Is 'masturbatory' even a word???? Just curious.

Java Jones said...

Sach - The series is called 'Jeeves and Wooster', a Carnival Films Production for Granada TV. The complete box set IS available (according to the blurb on the discs I have). Try the Granada TV site - well worth the effort. Good luck!

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Java - This is the Fry and Laurie series is it? I'd love it on DVD.

Java Jones said...

The very same - and they are just too good to be true. Hurry and get the set (and one for me too - we can sort it out when you are here next)


Rhythmic Diaspora said...

What ho, what ho Java. On my return to the shores of Her Maj's territory I'll hunt the things down and instruct a fellow to purchase two of them.

Anonymous said...

On a related note, there is a chain of bakeries here (Indyana will acknowledge ) named "Pie and Tarts".

Java Jones said...

Stout fellow - we shall look forward to the day. Pip pip!