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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Wednesday, April 4

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Hello, everybody!

I was almost convinced to copy and paste yesterday’s ramble to see if any of you would notice, but I thought it would be mean. Also, I did have another topic on hand, so here it is.

Ramble of the Day

Netflix has provided me with a lot of nice things to watch, with the latest being Nailed It!, a reality competition show about bakers that are not very good at baking. Here’s the trailer:

Somehow, the trailer does not live up to it (though the trailer is fine). The show is hilarious, so much so that I frequently forget that my craving for cake while watching it. (This is a very hard thing for me; I can get very hungry at the sight or thought of food.) These amateurs are comically bad from start to finish, frequently messing up the recipes handed to them. They burn things in microwaves, find difficulty making sure their cakes are actually baked, and, of course, are terrible at decorating these elaborate desserts.

To be fair, the task at hand looks very hard. Some of these cakes, though, are really ugly, so ugly that you have to laugh (unless we’re talking about the princess in the tower cake because someone made a very creepy princess and that was not funny). That, though, does not explain the shenanigans along the way, linked almost entirely to their difficulty following instructions.

The host, Nicole Byer, is the perfect choice, and she has wonderful chemistry with Jacques Torres. The guest judges also add to the entertainment, with my personal favorite being cake designer Sylvia Weinstock, who stole equipment from the pantry and judged cake pops in the first episode.

The show has genuinely inspired me to see if I can bake nice looking desserts, considering they ask for proof before they go on the show. For some reason, it looks fun to me, a non-baker. I have confidence in my abilities to follow recipes, though I wonder if I am any good at the decorating part. (I’d guess no.)

I’ll let you all know if I ever get around to trying baking these things.

tl;dr: Nailed It! on Netflix is very funny.

Links of the Day

Manchester United will have £15 season tickets for 18 to 25-year-olds in selected parts of Old Trafford for the 2018-19 season.

Sergio Agüero will miss the first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League tie against Liverpool with a knee injury.

Premier League clubs spent £37 million more on agents’ fees this season than they did the season before.

The newest David Squires cartoon is here for us all to enjoy, this one about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s MLS debut.

Today’s longer read: Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich on his career so far, as told by Donald McRae for The Guardian