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Kusksu is a traditional Maltese soup made from seasonal broad beans, small pasta beads, fresh ġbejniet. Although similar in shape, the small pasta beads, known locally as kusksu, are confused with couscous, which tends to be lighter and fluffier in texture. In contrast, which gives the soup its name, is "miniature pasta", thick and ideal for simmering. Once cooked, the short-cut pasta beads give the soup its distinctive creamy and warm texture, making it an ideal dish to serve during cold weather. Given its close resemblance to couscous, it is that kusksu originated during Malta's Arab occupation. However, documentary evidence relating to this period is scarce. A reliable source dating back to the 18th century makes reference to peppercorn-like shaped pasta, suggesting that kusksu pasta was a staple in the Maltese diet; the primary ingredient used in kusksu is the broad bean, known locally as ful. Broad beans can become invasive if left uncontrolled. In Malta, broad beans are sown in December and harvested during early spring.

Their cultivation requires little or no care, most Maltese farmers do not irrigate their crop. In 2016, Malta's National Statistics Office reported that 595 tonnes of broad beans were sold through official markets, a figure that puts into perspective why some locals refer to the broad bean as Malta's "iconic", or "favourite" bean; the small pasta beads, known as kusksu, are another key ingredient. Apart from giving the soup its name, the pasta, "a little bigger than a coriander", adds "a fabulous texture, like no other"; the kusksu pasta, "not to be confused with couscous", is available in Malta, this key ingredient may be hard to source in international markets. While alternatives do exist, these may not always yield the best results. Other ingredients that are found in kusksu include the fresh Maltese ġbejna added just before serving. Multiple versions of this popular Maltese dish exist; some have included fish, while others have introduced bacon and pumpkin to their kusksu recipe. However, the more "authentic", or "original" versions of the dish, kusksu bil-ful, tend to feature fewer and simpler ingredients that are in season.

In 2002, MaltaPost issued a series of stamps to celebrate Maltese Cuisine and the more traditional version of the dish, kusksu bil-ful, was included. List of Maltese dishes List of soups

Pickpockets (film)

Pickpockets is a 2018 Colombian crime-drama film directed by Peter Webber and written by Alejandro Fadel and Martín Mauregui. The plot revolves around how a master in the art of pickpocketing teaches aspiring teen thieves about what it takes to be successful pickpockets on the streets of Bogota. Carlos Bardem as Chucho Carlos Humberto Camacho as El hombre de negro Ulises Gonzalez as Jaime Marcela Mar as Fresh's mother Matthew Moreno as Jhoncito Julio Pachón as Rico Emiliano Pernía as Fresh Dubán Andrés Prado as Doggy Carlos Quintero as Alex Natalia Reyes as Juana Noëlle Schönwald as Tia Hilda Sigifredo Vega as Falsificador David Velasquez as Maicol It was released on April 12, 2018 on Netflix streaming. Pickpockets. Netflix. Pickpockets on IMDb Pickpockets at Rotten Tomatoes

Yankee Doodle Daffy

Yankee Doodle Daffy is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released on June 5, 1943, directed by Friz Freleng and written by Tedd Pierce; the short was the second Technicolor Looney Tunes entry to feature Daffy Duck. It is one of the handfuls of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to have fallen into the public domain; the title and introductory music are inspired by the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy, a major hit and a Warner release. Other than the fact of both films being about show business, they have no plot elements in common. At Smeller's Productions, Porky Pig, a producer, loaded down with luggage and a golf bag, hangs a sign on his office door reading "No casting today" and leaves his office in a hurry to board an airplane. However, Daffy Duck, a talent agent, stops Porky from leaving, wanting to secure an audition for his client, droopy-eyed child performer Sleepy Lagoon; the pitch, intended to demonstrate Sleepy's wide and varied repertoire, consists of Daffy himself performing an array of musical and stage acts in his usual and unoriginal fashion.

Sleepy meanwhile stays seated, nonchalantly licking an enormous lollipop and silently commenting on Daffy's ludicrous behavior using signs bearing rebuses, such as "ham", "screwball", "corn". The songs that Daffy performs include I'm Just Wild About Harry, William Tell Overture and Angel in Disguise. Porky, with mounting frustration tries to escape from the pitch. Daffy handily foils each attempt in improbable ways, including by turning out to be the pilot of Porky's plane and turning out to be the parachute Porky uses to escape said plane. After Daffy takes it upon himself to harass Porky with an outrageous finale, Porky decides to just get it over with by allowing Sleepy to audition. Sleepy calmly leaves his seat and begins to sing the song, The Garden of My Heart, in a strong, operatic baritone, not only surprising given his small stature but substantially more dramatic than any of the acts Daffy used in the pitch. However, during a high note near the end, he erupts into a long coughing fit before weakly croaking the rest of the line.

Authors Michael S. Shull and David E. Wilt consider it ambiguous as to whether this cartoon contains a World War II-related reference; when Daffy is revealed as the pilot of the plane, he is wearing an aviator's helmet. In this guise, Daffy sings "We watch the skyways o'er the land and the sea, ready to fly anywhere the duty calls, ready to fight to be free"; this could be a reference to military aviation. Yankee Doodle Daffy is available on DVD as part of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. Yankee Doodle Dandy, a 1942 American biographical musical film starting James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf. Shull, Michael S..

Winter of 2010–11 in Great Britain and Ireland

The winter of 2010–11 was a weather event that brought heavy snowfalls, record low temperatures, travel chaos and school disruption to the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. It included the United Kingdom's coldest December since Met Office records began in 1910, with a mean temperature of -1 °C, breaking the previous record of 0.1 °C in December 1981. It was the second-coldest December in the narrower Central England Temperature record series which began in 1659, falling 0.1 °C short of the all-time record set in 1890. Although data has never been compiled, December 2010 is thought to be colder than December 1890 over the United Kingdom as a whole, as Scotland was up to 2 °C warmer than England. Hence, it is thought to be the coldest December across the UK as a whole since before 1659; the winter of 2010 in England saw the earliest widespread winter snowfall since 1993 with snow falling as early as 24 November across Northumberland and North Yorkshire. A maximum snow depth of 30 inches was recorded on 1 December in the Peak District, Doncaster, the Cotswold Hills and the Forest of Dean.

In this event Scotland and Northern England were most affected. On 9 December temperatures recovered across much of the UK. On Thursday 16 December a cold front reintroduced a cold, arctic airstream; this cold spell brought further snow and ice chaos back to Ireland and Britain with Southern England, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland bearing the brunt of the wintry conditions. This led to severe disruption to the road and rail network with several airports being closed including London Heathrow Airport for a time. Several local temperature records were broken including a new record low for Northern Ireland of -18.7 °C recorded at Castlederg on 23 December 2010. By the new year a thaw had begun, there was no recurrence of the extreme conditions for the remainder of the winter. There was some snowfall in early January, there was an anticyclonic spell at the end of the month that brought some cold, frosty days. February was above average in temperature and ended on a mild note, although the snow returned in much of Scotland during March.

During the latter part of November, northern blocking established over Greenland which resulted in the Jet Stream moving south, allowing cold air to flow in from the east. Forecasters warned of the potential for severe winter weather from weeks in advance and the Government stated that they were prepared for winter weather after the previous British winter of 2009–2010 caused havoc and widespread disruption; the cold weather arrived in Britain and Ireland on 22 November and by 24 November, snow showers brought by a stiff northerly wind fell over the North East of England and Northern and Eastern Scotland which resulted in 10–20 cm locally and gridlock in many of the major roads within Aberdeen during the evening rush hour of 24 November. In the following days, the snowfall became far more widespread leading to widespread travel disruption, school closures and cancellation of sporting fixtures; the Met Office confirmed that it was the most widespread snowfall in the United Kingdom for 17 years.

By 2 December, most of the United Kingdom and much of Ireland was covered with snow, accumulations in the north and east of Scotland and England were over 50 cm in places, with over one metre of snow lying on much of the Scottish mountains. Snow depths elsewhere were between 5 cm–30 cm widely. Temperatures fell below −10 °C with some areas staying sub-zero by day. On 2 December there was low temperatures in major towns and cities in Scotland where it dropped to −18 °C in Aberdeen and on 3 December temperatures in England broke records. However, the lowest temperature of the winter of −21.2 °C was recorded at Altnaharra, Sutherland at 10 am on 2 December and Braemar and Kinbrace both dropped to −20 °C on the night of 2 December. As of 4 December 7 people have been confirmed to have died due to the cold weather. On 30 November in Newport, South Wales a man was found dead in the street—it was assumed that he froze to death after collapsing with a heart attack. Two old-age pensioners were found in the snow in their gardens dead from hypothermia at the beginning of December.

On 2 December two teenage girls died in a car crash caused by ice on the A595 in Cumbria. On 6 December a 70-year-old man was found dead in the snow in a caravan park in Cleethorpes, a man died trying to clear snow outside his home in Darlington, County Durham. There were several deaths on 18 December: a 17-year-old boy from Bilsington, was killed when his car left the road. On 19 December there were several more deaths. A 33-year-old man died after falling through the ice on Doggetts Lake in Essex. On 22 December, a 48-year-old man died from hypothermia, after sleeping overnight in the Bible Gardens, behind the cathedral in Bangor, North Wales; the sever

Surrey Commercial Docks

The Surrey Commercial Docks were a large group of docks in Rotherhithe, South East London, located on the south bank of the River Thames. The docks operated in one form or another from 1696 to 1969. Most were subsequently filled in and redeveloped for residential housing, the area is now known as Surrey Quays, although the name Surrey Docks is retained for the electoral ward; the sparsely populated Rotherhithe peninsula was wet marshland alongside the river. It was unsuitable for farming, but its riverside location just downstream from the City of London made it an ideal site for docks; the area had long been associated with maritime activities: in July 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers' ship the Mayflower sailed from Rotherhithe for Southampton, to begin loading food and supplies for the voyage to New England, a major Royal Navy dockyard was located just down the river at Deptford. In 1696, Howland Great Wet Dock was dug out to form the largest dock of its time, able to accommodate 120 sailing ships.

By the mid-18th century the dock had become a base for Arctic whalers and was renamed Greenland Dock. However, by the 19th century an influx of commercial traffic from Scandinavia and the Baltic and Canada led to Greenland Dock being expanded and other docks being dug to accommodate the increasing number of vessels. 85% of the peninsula, an area of 460 acres, was covered by a system of nine docks, six timber ponds and a canal. Several of the docks were named after the origins of their customers' cargos, hence Canada Dock, Quebec Pond, Norway Dock and Russia Dock; the Grand Surrey Canal was opened in 1807 to link the docks with inland destinations, but proved a commercial failure and only 3½ miles of it were built. The docks evolved a distinctive working culture, quite different from that of the Isle of Dogs across the river. A characteristic sight of the docks were the "deal porters", dockers who specialised in carrying huge baulks of deal across their shoulders and wore special headgear to protect their heads from the rough wood.

The decline of the docks set in after World War II, when they suffered massive damage from German air raids. The South Dock was pumped dry and used for construction of some of the concrete caissons which made up the Mulberry Harbours used on D-Day; when the shipping industry adopted the container system of cargo transportation, the docks were unable to accommodate the much larger vessels needed by containerisation. They closed for lack of custom in 1969; the Grand Surrey Canal was subsequently drained and filled in. The area remained derelict for over a decade, with much of the warehousing demolished and over 90% of the docks filled in; the only surviving areas of open water were Greenland Dock, South Dock, remnants of Canada Dock, a basin renamed Surrey Water. In 1981, the Conservative government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher established the London Docklands Development Corporation to redevelop the former dockyard areas east of the City of London, including the Surrey Docks. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Surrey Docks were extensively redeveloped, renamed Surrey Quays.

Over 5,500 new homes were built, ranging from individual detached housing to large apartment complexes. South Dock was converted into a marina - now the largest in London - and a watersports centre was constructed on Greenland Dock. Canada Water and the infilled Russia Dock became wildlife reserves, with a woodland planted on the latter site. Most of Norway Dock was re-excavated to form a water feature surrounded by residential development, another ornamental feature, the Albion Channel, was created along the eastern side of the former Albion Dock, linking Canada and Surrey Waters. Leisure facilities and a number of light industrial plants were built, notably a new printing works for Associated Newspapers, the publisher of the London Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. In July 1988, the Surrey Quays shopping centre was opened as the centrepiece of the redevelopment of the area; the nearby London Underground station was renamed as Surrey Quays a few months later. Fisher Athletic calls Surrey Docks home.

Surrey Docks is a ward of the London Borough of Southwark. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 13,435. Canada Water Greenland Dock Russia Dock Woodland South Dock Grand Surrey Canal LDDC Completion Booklet - Surrey Docks