Friday, May 26, 2006

A Trip To The Supermarket

I visited a supermarket whilst in Copenhagen to pick up a couple of bits and naturally, I had to break the camera out when I saw a couple of things that I couldn't get elsewhere.

Kung Fu ice-cream. I did continually try to purchase a Kung Fu lolly although they didn't look the same as the ones on the boxes above. They were an ice-cream centre with crispy licorice coating. That's right licorice. They go mad for the stuff in Europe. Unfortunately events conspired against me and I never did get one.

In the cereal aisle I found the supermarket own-brand Choco Spooks. They looked fairly non-descript really. Just chocolate shaped ghosts. There was a comic strip on the back featuring a ghost, but I struggled to follow the plot as it was all in Danish. Tsk.

Finally we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Superman wafers. As a rule, the Danes don't seem to have succumbed to the same tie-in mania we have in England and these were almost the sole nod to any kind of franchise pimping in the whole store.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Coca Cola Slurpee

Ahhh...Slurpee's. I used to love getting a Slurpee from the 7-11 when I was younger but alas I now live in an area devoid of 7-11's. I'm not sure how much of a presence thay have in the U.K. anymore but I'm sure it's been steadily dwindling over the years. Fortunately Copenhagen is awash with the places. There was about three within fifty yards of my hotel.
I actually wanted to try the Frozen Fanta Blueberry, but none of the damn machines had it working. I did actually fill up a cup without realising there was no ice and I should have paid attention to the sign that says; "Do not use when red light is on". I had to surreptitiously hide it from the clerks view whilst he was distracted serving pastries (you can see it lurking in the background in the picture on the right). Trust me, you do not want to pay for things twice in Copenhagen, it's expensive. I had to compromise in the end, and settled for a frozen Coke, which was ok, but I'm convinced that the blueberry Fanta would have been nicer, especially as I couldn't have it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Copenhagen

I went to Copenhagen, Denmark for a long weekend. I've got a few posts about my trip planned but I'll kick things off with the fabulous Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museum. I've always been intrigued by Ripley's world after someone gave me a Believe It Or Not! annual when I was a kid. I was fascinated by the odd stories and facts inside, and as soon as I saw this place, I had to go in.
There are numerous exhibits but the ones that really caught my eye are, untypically, the more grisly ones.
This is a genuine shrunken head. Yeah, yeah we've all seen shrunken heads in the movies, but this one was real. It also rotated in the display case. There was a card describing how shrunken heads were made and how this one was decorated for some ritual or another (the stuff dangling from the mouth), but could never take my eyes off it as it rotated long enough to really read it. I do recall it being described as "rare". You'd hope so.

The box above really caught my eye. It's a vampire killing kit circa 1850. People were so convinced that vampires existed that they used to lug one of these packs around with them just in case they happened on one of the children of the night. Unfortunately there no replica sets to be had from the gift shop.
On the right we have a genuine Papaun cannibal skull. Thankfully, this is another exhibit described as "rare". Apparently these trophy skulls were worn as amulets by head hunting warriors in New Guineu. After all that grossness it was quite a relief to see a model bust of Three-Ball Charlie. A man who could fit three pool balls in his mouth. Impressive.
Needless to say, if you are ever in Copenhagen check this place out it's awesome.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Gummy Army Men

Here to protect your sweet bowl from thieving hands are the gummy army guys. According to the back of the packet you can play and eat with "Bazooka" Bob, "Fighting Forster, "G.I." Johnny and "Rifleman" Rich. The jelly soldiers inside do look a little like the toy soldiers I had when I was a kid except a bit flatter.
They also stink of apples. The pack gives a loose "fruit flavoured" description of what these infantry are supposed to taste like, but it's definately apple. The gummys themselves are not too greasy, but they really are way too appley. It's like they've been doused in Calvados or something.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Chocolate Duff Beer Can

The weather has been miserable today, so I decided to look in the clearance chocolate bin at Alldays on the way home. I found a treasure too, a chocolate Duff beer can.
This bar is from Kinnerton, the same fine people who brought us jelly fries and The Simpsons Easter egg.
The packaging is fairly straightforward, showing off the hand decorated chocolate inside with only a woo-hooing Homer really intruding.
The chocolate can itself does look first rate. It's a good approximation of a beer can right down to the ring pull. I'm not entirely sure about the
hand decorated claim though, it's all too neat. Perhaps someone switched on the machine in the morning and that passes for "hand decorating".
When I finally bit into it I wasn't expecting much, because a) it was in the half-price bin and b) the Easter egg I ate was a little nasty. However, this bar is quite pleasing. Nice creamy milk chocolate thats a million miles away from the bitterness of the egg. I can't help wondering about all those colouring chemicals I'm consuming though.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Coca Cola With Lime

There's a new Coke in town. This time it's with Lime. I think this has done the rounds in The States and I could be getting muddled up but I'm sure these have appeared on British shelves before too. Nonetheless, I'm certain it hasn't been packaged in a metallic green bottle before.
The label proclaims this as a new limited edition, but I can't work out if they're talking about the bottle or the flavour.
I like the bottle, although it does look like something you might find in a garden center. It's almost disappointing to pour the drink out and find the same brown colour as every other Coke rather than a bright green.
The drink itself tastes, once again, like a standard Coke, but the lime seems to kill something in it that makes it slightly more palatable to me than a straight Coca Cola. I'm not sure what it is..sweetness, maybe? This would go nicely with Jack Daniels, that I'm sure of.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Pac Man Cabinet

Over the long weekend, I went for lunch in a pub with some friends and what did I spy collecting dust in the corner? A retro Pac Man cabinet.

Strangely the board in it was Ms. Pac Man rather than the original, but seeing as the only discernable difference is the red bow on her head I plowed a few quid into it. It was an old school 20p a go as well.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Pee Wee's Playhouse Calender 1990: May

It's the first of the month and I have some retro calender madness for you. May in the Playhouse brings us Miss Yvonne, Pee Wee and Globey posing with the flowers. Very spring like.

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