Archives for March 2009

The Grand National: How do you pick a winner?

The One Show Team | 16:54 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009


Red Rum

Tell us how you pick a winner.

Watch all the films here.


All this week Clare Balding is preparing us for the world's greatest steeplechase, The Grand National.


Running since 1839, Clare has been exploring the history of the 'National' - it has produced sensational stories and characters such as three times winner Red Rum. The mighty Aintree fences provide a huge amount of drama for spectators. While for the runners and riders just finishing the course is a major achievement.

For enthusiasts, this Saturday's event is the highlight of the racing calendar. Many people spend a huge amount of time studying form. But for others the umpredicatability of The Grand National means it's a one off opportunity to have a little flutter.

So we're asking you, how do you pick your Grand National winner?

Is it as random as the choosing your favourite jersey colour or the horse's name?

Or are you a racing enthusiast who studies the horse's weight, stamina, age and experience before placing your bet?

Let us know here who you're backing in the Grand National and if you have any trusted methods of picking winners.

More information:

The Grand National

Guide to Bookmakers Tic-Tac language

Racecard guide

Tea and Coffee: How do you drink yours?

The One Show Team | 12:51 UK time, Thursday, 26 March 2009


What's the secret to a perfect cup of tea or coffee?

Michael Mosley has been looking at the science behind food and drink and today it was the turn of tea and coffee. Watch all the films here.

Deputy Editor Lynne likes tea!

Us Brits love a good cuppa and whether your tipple is tea or coffee, many of us follow certain rules to make sure we get it just right.

One Show Deputy Editor Lynne will only drink tea if it's out of a cup which is white inside - she reckons it makes it taste better!

Whereas Assistant Producer Vicki insists on a cafetiere and hot skinny milk on the side- no instant coffee for her!

One Show team member Vicki likes coffee!

So how do you drink yours?

Is a pot important? Do you add the milk before or after? Will you use a mug or will only a cup and saucer do?

Can you taste the difference between instant and perculated? Does your coffee have to be a skinny soya decaf cappuccino with an extra shot from only fairtrade beans?

Let us know here

Worm survey: More information

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 13:23 UK time, Monday, 23 March 2009


George McGavin joined a group of children and scientists completing a survey about the common earthworm, an extremely important creature but one that surprisingly we know very little about.


Scientists want to build up our understanding of the soil types they live in and where the different types live across the country.


The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) has launched a soil and earthworm survey and they're asking for your help. All you have to do to take part is test your local soil and identify your local earthworms.


For all the information you need complete the survey go to OPAL's website:



What's your crazy invention?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 17:29 UK time, Tuesday, 17 March 2009


Tell us your Genius idea.


Genius is the new BBC Two show that stress tests the often ridiculous, maybe unworkable but hopefully genius inventions, schemes and policies thought up by the Great British Public.

Genius host Dave Gorman is tonight's One Show guest, so we're asking, dear One Show viewers, for your extraordinary notions, amazing concepts and barn-storming ideas.

All being well, the best ideas will get a mention on tonight's show. Please leave your first name and location with your comment if you'd like your idea to be mentioned on The One Show.

Genius ideas already received include; 'Bring Your Uncle to Work Day' and 'making everywhere downhill'. Can you do better? Tell us below.

Tell us your Genius idea.

What are the heritage sites of the future?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:42 UK time, Thursday, 12 March 2009


Can't see Hardeep's film? Watch it here.

Hardeep Singh Kohli has been looking at modern places which could one day be seen as sites of historic importance and beauty.


He asks whether the M6 toll road could one day have a place in our heritage. The Victorians left us railways, will motorways be our legacy?


Previously he visited the 500 mobile phone masts in the UK that are disguised as trees to blend in to their landscape. Hardeep asks, "Will future generations wonder why we dressed up this amazing technology, rather than celebrating it like we did with the Post office tower?"


In the first film, Hardeep went to the wind turbines of Whitelee Wind Farm site in Glasgow. Will the turbines eventually be seen as an culturally important heritage site?

Tell us, please: What are the places in the UK that will be seen as exceptional in the future? What modern buildings will stand the test of time? Share your views.

Exclusive video: Hardeep's top tattoos

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:17 UK time, Monday, 9 March 2009


Can't see the video? Click here.

Hardeep Singh Kohli spent the day at the International Tattoo Show in Manchester, meeting the people who adorn their body with designs and the artists who ink them.

He discovered what's currently popular in the tattoo world and picked his own favourites. See his three top picks in our exclusive film that we're calling Hardeep's 'Top of the Tats'.

Plus: Are you a walking canvas? Do you have photos of your tattoo to send in? We'd love to see them and the best will be featured in our gallery.

Are you a pie guy (or lady)?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 15:39 UK time, Friday, 6 March 2009


Can't see the film? Watch it here.


To celebrate British Pie Week, Hardeep Singh Kohli took to the streets with a number of different pies for the public to sample.

So in the Friday spirit of 'Cauliflower V broccoli - where do you stand?' we're asking: Have the traditional British pie fillings been surpassed by exotic concoctions like spinach and feta and chicken tikka? Will the great British pie survive our modern concern with healthier eating?

See also: Send in a photo of you and your pie here (good pics could appear on The One Show!).


See also: 166 pie recipes at BBC Food.


Are you a pie guy (or lady)? Will the pie ever die? Recommend your favourite filling, and recipes below. Don't be shy, tell us about your favourite pie!

What's your gardening question?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 13:01 UK time, Friday, 6 March 2009


Over the next few weeks, The One Show's Christine Walkden will be answering viewers' gardening questions on the programme.

Add your question to the comments box, below. Please remember to leave your first name and location.

Also: Please, if possible, add a photo of yourself showing Christine the gardening query you'd like solved. Send in in your photo here.

Which book have you read and not owned up to?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 18:07 UK time, Thursday, 5 March 2009


People lie about their reading, according to a recent poll.

The One Show wants to know about your guilty reading pleasures. Tell us, please, which book you have enjoyed, but would never admit to reading...


Which book have you read and not owned up to?

Please add your first name and location to your comment - as Adrian and Christine should be mentioning their favourites in one of next week's shows.

Your memorable journeys?

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 18:31 UK time, Monday, 2 March 2009


With the economic downturn and soaring oil prices, 17 airlines went bust in 2008. For The One Show, Dom Littlewood looked at protecting yourself from getting stranded abroad - watch his film about airline failure insurance, above.

Consumer reporter Lucy Siegle points out that there are alternatives to air travel. It's possible to travel to Rome by train, for example.

Train and ferry can take you from the UK to Cyprus, although expect it to take at least five days. By regular cargo-ship, the voyage from Tilbury (UK) to either Sydney or Melbourne (Australia) or Auckland (New Zealand) takes 32 to 42 days.

There's even a 'Slow Movement' that aims to slow down life's pace.


So, do you prefer train to 'plane? Please share your memorable journeys with us below.

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