This week, our resident Producer and drumming Muso Tom Kell takes the reigns of our Kreate at Home newsletter. Over to Tom:
Ahhh… Covid, Covid, Covid. What more can we say that hasn’t been said already? It seems like this is all we talk about these days…
The world has been forced into a prolonged hibernation – hunkering down with what feels like the bare minimum of survival necessities – weathering an invisible storm that rages on outside, endangering us and our loved ones. The emotional consequences of this prolonged state of high alert have been peculiar to say the least. With modern telecommunications technology and social media, human civilization is more connected now than at any time in history. In spite (or perhaps as a direct consequence) of this, the sense of isolation and helplessness feels especially pronounced at this time. Some call it “Zoom-fatigue”.
I know it sounds corny, but humans are astoundingly resilient creatures. We’ve evolved to be the most endurant species in the animal kingdom, capable even of outpacing a horse in a marathon. But, it’s not just our large brains and opposable thumbs that gave us the evolutionary advantage. Our capacity for love and emotion gives us the urge to seek out and pursue those things that bring us joy and contentment. Though these things feel furt
her away now than they normally do, nothing can outpace a human being for very long. Not a nice juicy antelope, not a microscopic virus, not happiness… nothing. Our CEO Dylan Reed touches on this in more detail in a recent blog post, which you can read here.
Our hearts, as always, go out to our brothers and sisters in the Garden State. With the coming of spring and the return of colour to our parks and front porches, we hope your spirits are lifted and resolve strengthened in this time. We can’t wait to see you in full bloom again soon 🌱.
Much love and well wishes,
The ultimate socially-distanced concert
The world’s first dedicated socially-distanced music venue opened its doors for its historic maiden gig this week. Punters were lotted into almost 500 spectating platforms spread across a racecourse in Newcastle, watching as British indie rocker Sam Fender kicked of the program.
For me, gigs, usually entail taking my shirt off and throwing shapes in the pit – alas, this looks like an acceptable and very welcome consolation prize.
Have your next movie sleepover at the last Blockbuster
Blockbuster famously declined the opportunity to purchase Netflix. Now, the once-dominant video rental service lies in total ruin at the feet of its could-have-been subsidiary.
The one remaining store in Bend, Oregon, stands as a lonely monument to fatal bravado and lost opportunity. An intriguing relic in its own right, this store now welcomes you to hold your own ‘sleepovers’ with them via AirBnb.
That’s right, folks – live out your childhood fantasy of sleeping in a near-abandoned video store, walls lined with the faces of movie stars lost in time, their dead eyes staring at you from behind clouded plastic dust jackets, shimmering in the moonlight. Don’t forget the popcorn!
From around the web: VB aftershave
We love a beer or five from the local pub – it’s as Aussie as a kangaroo in a cork hat. The prolonged shutting of our treasured drinking establishments has left us with a hard-earned thirst for the days we could park up a stool and down a schooner of the amber nectar fresh out of the taps. For the time being, we now have Thirst: A Scent by VB. Relive the glory days of suns setting in a beer garden alive with chatter – apply scent liberally to oneself and be transported to simpler, grander times.
Review: The Umbrella Academy Season Two
I finished binging this show a week ago now and I’m still obsessed. For a show with such dense character relationships, brain-bending depictions of superpowers and time travel, and hilariously gratuitous violence, this is a very easy show to digest. The epitome of binge-able, in my opinion. The ragtag family of superheroes – each with their own unique abilities and hilarious hang-ups – return after Season One’s cliff-hanger, only to be scattered throughout 1960’s Dallas, Texas. They must work together to prevent immanent nuclear war, elude universe-ending time travel paradoxes and, of course, avoid tearing each other’s heads off in rage. Go watch it, now.
Recipe: Smoky Baba Ganouj with Roasted Cauliflower, Lentils and Pomegranate
This is one of my favourite recipes from most used and trusted cookbook. Super easy, hearty, filling, healthy, vegetarian, in-season and very impressive if you’re entertaining friends!
Cut up one cauliflower (about 1kg) into small florets and coat with EVOO, salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes at 200 degrees.
For the baba ganouj place 4 large eggplants on the flame of a gas hob, on a barbecue or under a very hot grill. Turn regularly, until the skin is completely charred and the insides are soft and gooey. Let cool. Scoop into a large bowl with 4 tbsp Tahini, 2x crushed garlic cloves, juice of 1 lemon, 4 tbsp EVOO, salt and pepper. Use for or whisk to combine everything.
Combine cauliflower, 1 can lentils (drained), 1 cup spinach, ½ cup coriander chopped, EVOO, salt, pepper an a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with a big dollop baba ganouj, top with pomegranate arils (if available) and drizzle with pomegranate molasses.
As for me…
I’m keeping busy with various pursuits. All the usual suspects – cooking, Netflix, long walks, a bit of writing, family time, etc. I’m considering bringing learning a language back into the mix – my Duolingo app keeps shaming me with my prolonged silence…
We definitely do not a have a shortage of time to indulge those hobbies and pastimes we’ve had on the backburner for who knows how long! It’s time to dust off that saxophone, cricket bat, Sea Monkeys tank, or other weird thing you said you’d ‘come back to’ but never did. Set yourself a goal, get active and stay positive.
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