Archives for May 2009

Hilary Lister: Sailing update

The One Show Team | 13:30 UK time, Friday, 29 May 2009


Update: 09/06/09

After a precautionary visit to the hospital, after some particularly nasty weather, Hilary has successfully made it to Fishguard in Wales.

For further information, check out Hilary's website:

Watch our first interview with Hilary here

Update: 29/05/09

It's been eight days since quadreplegic sailor, Hilary Lister set off in her bid to become the first disabled woman to sail round the British Isles, solo.

Since we caught up with Hilary last week, One Show viewers, like blogger Miaoucat have been asking how Hilary is getting on. 

Miaoucat asked:

"How far has Hilary Lister got in her circumnavigation of Britain? Christine promised to keep us up to date but I can't find any information. Anybody know?"

We can report that Hilary and team are currently in Padstow, Cornwall. She is planning to set sail at midnight on Sunday to catch the right tides to take her on a 12-hour trip around to Bude. 

The entrance to Bude harbour is notoriously difficult technically and in recent days the waves in the area have been between 8-10 ft high. As a result Hilary and her team have been waiting in Padstow since last Monday for swells from the Atlantic to subside.

See the video of Hilary, filmed just before she set off on her incredible journey.

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We'll keep you posted with updates from Hilary, whenever we can.

For further information, check out Hilary's website:

Young cartoonists! Send in your cartoons here

The One Show Team | 12:50 UK time, Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Detail from our cartoons poster

We're looking for the next generation of political cartoonists - if you're 16 years old or younger send your funny drawing in and it could be shown on the programme.

You pick the subject - but it needs to be topical.

There's been a lot to cartoon about, MPs' expenses have hit the headlines recently, as has the  bank bail-outs. The papers are filled with news of the recession, the contest to be the next Speaker, Brown and Cameron's battle for power... all good areas for cartoonists!

Send in a photo or scan of your cartoon here - if the producer of The One Show likes your work, it could appear on the programme.

The 100th birthday blog of wisdom!

The One Show Team | 13:22 UK time, Friday, 22 May 2009

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What wisdom has an older person passed onto you? Share the knowledge here.

All week we've been celebrating One Show viewers who are 100 years old in 2009.
Thank you to everyone who has got in touch.

We've added the names of our fabulous centenarians to our One Show 100th birthday page of honour! Click here for our birthday list.

As seen on The One Show - The book of wisdomAfter being around for such a long time, our 100-yr-olds know a thing or two. So we asked them  'What is the most significant thing life has taught you?'  And they replied...

Vera Evans: "Be optimistic, never pessimistic, it will always be a better day tomorrow".

Walter Tucker: "If there is one thing I've learnt in my life, it's that the support of your family means everything."

Essie Gauga: "To live and love, to be kind to people and always speak the truth".

Queenie Wells: "To work hard and play hard, enjoy what you do and don't waste time on things that you don't, be nice to people and they will be nice back."

George Milliagan as a young childGeorge Milligan: "Health is your wealth, family and friends are the most important things and possessions are of no importance".

Mabel Watson: "Family and friends, passion for life, enjoyment of going to whist drives and socialising"

Arthur Allsopp: "Everyone needs fresh air, sunshine, hard work and a cooked meal everyday to ensure a long healthy life".

Grace Salter: "To make the most of life - whatever its problems - and soldier on come what may. Never give up on anything and if it's worth doing it's worth doing well"

Jim Mount: "Stay loyal and true to those you love and gardening!"

Marion DaviesMarion Davies: "Most significant thing learnt is having a loving family."

George Cross: "At a children's service I heard a preacher mention about Joy in life and he mentioned the word JOY. And he said, if you want Joy in life put Jesus first, Others next and Yourself last. And it spells JOY. I have tried to practise this all my life and I still carry it out, and its proved a success."

John 'Sonny' Baker: "A long life is down to hard work, keeping fit, being happy and a strong family. The most important thing in the world is nature, for if we do not look after it then it will not look after us."

Words of wisdomAlfred Hardy: "A happy and successful marriage is the keystone of your life. (It stemmed from a young girl dropping her handkerchief by an oak tree and I picked it up)".

Horace 'Harry' Hoames: "The most significant thing that has happened to me in my life is coming home from Burma and seeing my wife. Look after your family and enjoy the time you have with them whilst they are here".

Minnie Whittaker: "To be happy in life and everything else will follow, to be patient and to have a good dinner!"

What wisdom has an older person passed onto you? What is the most significant thing you have learnt in your life?

Share your words of wisdom here.

Exclusive: Hilary Lister interview

The One Show Team | 15:41 UK time, Monday, 18 May 2009


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For The One Show Olympic gold medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent met quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister. Hilary told Mathew of her remarkable plans to become the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain.

For updates on Hilary's progress, visit her website

What your handwriting says about you: Download your guide

The One Show Team | 12:39 UK time, Friday, 15 May 2009


According to graphologists handwriting can reveal our personalities.

So Hardeep Singh Kohli has been on a mission to find out more.

Apparently, left slanted writing means you're loyal and a "full looped Y" indicates that you're interested in money...

Download the guide to handwriting here (Word format)

Find out more about graphology at the BBC Oxford website.

While you're here, have a look at some of the neatest handwriting amongst The One Show viewers. Rate the best and the worst handwriting here.

For further info on graphology visit:

British Institute of Graphologists

 Does your handwriting reveal your personality? Share your views here.

Do you have the neatest handwriting in the UK?

The One Show Team | 12:23 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009


Send in a photo of your neat handwriting here and tell us what your profession is below.

How neat is your handwriting?

For The One Show, Hardeep Singh Kohli has been asking whether handwriting is fast becoming a dying art. With the popularity of emails and texting, has the nation really forgotten how to write neatly?  

So, Adrian and Christine are on a mission to find the person with the neatest handwriting in the UK. Send an example in and it could appear on tomorrow's show (15/05/09).

All we want you to do is write these five lines...

Dear Adrian and Christine, how neat is my handwriting?
Dear Adrian and Christine, how neat is my handwriting?
Dear Adrian and Christine, how neat is my handwriting?
Dear Adrian and Christine, how neat is my handwriting?
Dear Adrian and Christine, how neat is my handwriting?

Take a photograph of your lines and send your pic in here.


* Please include your name, location, and profession with your photo for the chance of being featured on the show.
* Please note: Please submit the five lines above, only. Other lines will not be considered for the programme.

And don't forget, once the handwriting appears in the gallery, you can rate it with our five star system.

Is neat handwriting still important? Share your views here.

How many spoons can you balance on your face?

The One Show Team | 17:12 UK time, Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Send in a photo of you balancing spoons on your face here.

We have a challenge for you. Tonight The One Show is making an attempt on three World Records, and, just for fun, we'd like you to get involved.

At present the World Record for the number of spoons balanced on someone's face stands at 16. Joe Allison, 9, from Devon is the record holder. He hung tablespoons from his forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.

Can you break Joe's record?

We'd like to see if you can challenge Joe's record. Martyn the cameraman, balancing one spoon on his noseWe're sure talented One Show viewers can balance many spoons on their faces. And even if you can't, please remember it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts!

Send in a photo of you balancing spoons here.

Balancing spoons on the face is trickier than it looks. We asked One Show cameraman Martyn Porter, pictured right, to attempt the record. He could manage to balance a grand total of one spoon (holding an extra two spoons onto his face doesn't count!). He told us "it's always about the nose" and "breathing on the spoons helps".

Assistant producer Ed was more successful. He managed five Ed with spoons on his facespoons. It was noted that he "has the right shaped ears".

The "rules" and please be careful!

Please note: This is just for fun - we're just curious to see how well you do. Please be careful while balancing the spoons. Please do not place yourself in danger. Inserting spoons into your ears and mouth should not be considered. No glue allowed!

Send in a photo of you balancing spoons of your face here.

How many spoons can you balance on your face? What's the secret? Share your tips here.

Video: Sixty years of weather reporting

The One Show Team | 16:18 UK time, Tuesday, 12 May 2009


BBC television weather presenter Carol Kirkwood takes a look at the past 60 years of television weather reporting. Former weatherman Bill Gyles takes up the story and explains how the introduction of powerful computers and satellites in space have further improved the range and accuracy of weather forecasting.

Watch the video below.

What was the music of your youth? Recommend tracks here!

The One Show Team | 13:23 UK time, Tuesday, 12 May 2009


2 Tone Records launched 30 years ago. For The One Show, Billy Bragg took a journey back The Specialsto where it all began and found out how the label provided the soundtrack to a tough period in British history - 1979 to 1982.

The Two Tone genre was created by fusing elements of other musical genres. Ska, punk rock, reggae and more were thrown into the mix. Its famous tracks include Ghost Town by The Specials, A Message To You, Rudy by The Specials, Mirror in the Bathroom by The Beat and Prince by Madness.

What are the songs that you recommend?

Over the last 60 years music genres have come, gone and hung around.
From folk to punk, rocking and raving has come into, and gone out of, fashion.

We'd like to know the movement you belonged to, and the songs from your youth that you recommend.

Were you a teddy boy, mod, rocker or punk? What were the songs influenced you? Share your knowledge here!

Are you The One Show's oldest silver surfer?

The One Show Team | 18:22 UK time, Friday, 8 May 2009


How old are you?

Today (11/05/09) Julie Goodyear appeared on the  show encouraging men and women aged over 65, to give computers and the internet a go.

Well, we know that there are plenty of you from this age group already regularly using The One Show website!

So Adrian and Chrsitine were wondering; who's the eldest silver surfer on our site?

Lots of you have sent in photos, so thank-you very much.

If you're a silver surfer let us know your name, location and, most importantly, age below.

Plus: Send a photo of yourself, with computer, to our gallery. 

Click here to send your pic.

Are you our oldest silver surfer? Tell us here.


For further help and information on using the internet:

  • BBC Webwise
  • BBC Action Line: 08000 566 065 (this will be available for a week until 18/05/09. After this time contact the website below)
  • UK Online Centres




Chilli growing UPDATE - how are yours getting on?

The One Show Team | 11:22 UK time, Friday, 1 May 2009


Do you grow your own chillies? Share your hints and tips with us here. 

Adrian and Christine with packets of chilli seedsThe One Show is getting involved with Dig In - the BBC campaign to get the nation to grow their own grub. We're encouraging One Show viewers to grow chillies.

To get you started we gave away packets of Ring of Fire chilli seeds at the end of The One Show, 1st May 2009.

Chilli update (03/06/09)

We've been lovingly taking care of our chilli seeds. They've germinated and have now been transferred into small pots. We'd love to know what's happening with your seeds.

Stuart Roebuck's chilliesSend a photo of your chillies here.

Thank-you to Stuart Roebuck from Dewsbury, who has sent in this photo (left) if his chilli plants

We'd like you to share your chilli growing hints, tips and news with us. Add your comments below


How to grow chillies

Chillies being transferred"Fill a 7.5cm pot with seed compost, level and tap to settle. Lightly firm. Scatter the seeds of your chosen variety thinly on top - most seeds germinate so you only need to sow two more seeds than you need in case of losses..." Find out more about growing chillies at BBC Gardening.


Dig In logo Dig In

If you want to find out more about growing your own veg, visit Share tips and advice on growing tomato, squash, beetroot, lettuce and carrots, download guides and join in their tour.



Eat your chillies!

Once you've grown your chillies, you can cook with them. "The pungent chilli has played an important role in cuisines the world over, adding a distinctive kick to many a dish." Find out more about cooking with chillies at BBC Food.

See also: Chilli recipes at BBC Food.


Do you grow your own chillies? Share your hints and tips with us here. 


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