In conversation at dinner last night my mother-in-law noted that my wife and her brother both bypassed the crawling stage and started walking. Aden noted that JJ did the same. I didn’t actually know about myself, so later that evening I called my mother and asked her and she stated that both my sister and I had “strong legs” and started walking at around 7 to 8 months.
Crawling at 8 - 12 months is normal, with walking to follow at around the year-old mark, but it’s obviously not uncommon for babies just to go for it first thing. In other words, I have some time to babyproof the house.
I’ve wondered for a long time why the Law and Order franchise hasn’t branched out beyond New York, why it hasn’t gone to other large locales, especially international ones. Well, the first, and most logical locale, London, has emerged, tossed across the Atlantic and boomeranged right back into summertime programming.
The first episode is a British rehash of an old Law and Order episode from the past two decades of its American broadcast. In fact, the entire first season, 13-episode run of L&O|UK is a translation of various episodes of the American series into the British policing and legal system. If you know the episodes, the familiarity may prove interesting (in comparing the two) or disappointing (if you were hoping for something more original).
The cast is pretty solid, and the familiarity of their roles seems almost immediate, although the viewer is going to need a bit more time to catch up. North American audiences will be most familiar with Jamie Bamber from his lead role as Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica. Some of the other faces may prove familiar to fans of British programming as well.
A solid start, and I’m sure the entire first run will be as equally solid, but I’m really hoping they develop even more, UK-specific stories to run with, as there’s still an air of New Yorker-ness to it all which I’d like to see flushed out.
I don’t think I’ve ever had tuna steaks before, but once thawed out of the freezer, they cook up quick (in 2 tbsp of olive oil for about 4 minutes a side) and they taste, surprisingly, like pork chops, only, honestly, better. Seriously. Lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
Apparently, in France, and probably wider in Europe, it’s customary for the waiter/waitress to tear you restaurant bill to indicate that you’ve paid. My coworker did this yesterday at lunch after we received back our change, and it was after vacationing in France that she picked up the practice.