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Electric Light Orchestra Livin' Thing
Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic
Lady Gaga Alejandro
(CD Single), Streamline Records, 1
Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London
Drive Time (Various Artists), Now
ABBA Summer Night City
Abba - More Abba Gold, Polydor
T. Rex Jeepster
Electric Warrior (Deluxe Edition), A&M, 3
Lissie When I'm Alone
(CD Single), Columbia, 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising
Green River, Fantasy, 1
Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf
Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia
The Verve Bittersweet Symphony
Now 37 (Various Artists), Now
Amy Macdonald This Pretty Face
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
The O'Jays Love Train
Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television
Ian Hunter Once Bitten Twice Shy
(CD Single), Columbia, 4
K'naan Wavin' Flag
(CD Single), A&M, 1
Steve Earle Copperhead Road
Steve Earle - Toe The Line, MCA, 1
Drivetime World Cup Wallchart
We're at the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup, which means three-quarters of the people on our chart above are OUT! Sorry chaps, if you losers want a Drivetime car sticker, you'll have to answer one of our homework questions.Official BBC World Cup Wallchart
For the remainder, still every chance, although Brazil and Argentina are looking particularly strong. But, as we all know, the beauty of sport is that you never know until the final whistle is blown who will emerge victorious. Except when England play Germany, of course.
That Sinking Feeling
During Wednesday's discussion about weird and wonderful alcoholic beverages, listeners reported seeing ice sink in some super-strength drinks. But is this scientifically possible, or had they had a little too much of said drink? Our favourite chemist, Andrea Seller from University College London, revealed all.
Bloody Mary Chicken
By Charles Campion from Food from Fire – the real barbecue book, Mitchell Beazley
This recipe works well indoors. Remember to grill the chicken pieces as gently as you can & then rest them for 5 mins. The Bloody Mary marinade also works well with pork.
Prep time overnight
Cooking time 13 – 18 mins
50ml dry sherry
330ml tin of V8 vegetable juice (or use plain tomato juice & increase the celery salt to 2tsp)
1 tbsp hot horseradish sauce
1 tsp celery salt
Juice of half a lemon
12 chicken thighs, on the bone
1. Mix together the sherry, vodka, vegetable juice, horseradish sauce, celery salt & lemon juice.
2. Roll the chicken thighs in the Bloody Mary mixture, cover the dish with cling film & leave in the refrigerator overnight (if pushed for time, a 4hr soak is the minimum)
3. Grill the chicken pieces over a gentle barbecue – that point when the coals go very grey & the flames are just a memory is perfect.
4. Start the meat with the skin-side down & leave for about 5-8 mins, then turn & keep a watchful eye in case they burn. They will take a further 8-10 mins.
5. Test if it is cooked by cutting a thigh in half; there should be no sign of pink.
6. Rest the meat for 5 mins somewhere warm before eating.
7. You can make your own red sauce by reducing the remaining marinade in a saucepan until syrupy. Adjust the seasoning & add a dollop of honey. Hot-heads may wish to add a splash of chilli sauce.
Nigie's Tip Of The Week
Get to some of the food & drink events currently popping up all over the place:
Bristol Wine & Food Fair, Harbourside, 2-4 July
Bath Food & Drink Festival, Royal Victoria Park, 3&4 July
British BBQ Championships, Laverstoke Park, Hampshire, 3&4 July
The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, 13-15 July.
Confession: An Unwanted Makeover
Dear Father Simon and the collective.
My confession dates back to the early 70's. My parents took my kid sister – let’s call her Matilda - and me - on holiday in The North of England. We were about 7 and 9 at the time, and one night we stayed in a decidedly posh B&B with a rather snooty landlady.
My parents were given a nice double room and Matilda and I were given a room off it with bunk beds. In reflection this might not have been a good idea as we were always playing each other up. Matilda had been getting on my nerves a lot that day and it was time to get her back, but in the eyes of Mum and Dad she could do no wrong. She always seemed to get all of the special treats as the golden child, whereas I was thought of as the naughty one. How unfair!
That night we were sent to bed early, ready for a prompt start the following day, and as I lay in my top bunk I became very bored and I couldn't sleep. I decided I needed the loo, and on the way back I noticed one of those dispensers stuffed with lots of attractive leaflets brimming with ideas for activities in the area for happy holidaying families like ourselves , so I collected a few and headed back to my top bunk.
After reading them all from cover to cover I was still bored, so I started to tear up one of the leaflets, as children do. The ripping noise disturbed my dozing sister, who asked "Wot you doing?"
"I am ripping the wall paper" I replied, mischievously. "You’re not, are you ? " she said. "I am, it’s fun - you want to try it yourself!” I lied, as I ripped up another innocuous leaflet extolling the virtues of a working farm museum, a rugged coastal path, a mountain biking trail or a vintage steam railway – I forget which…
“Well, I am going to have a go if you are" said Matilda, and a gentle ripping noise was heard from her bunk. "My turn" I said and ripped the leaflets again, still safely out of her line of vision. The rips from the bottom bunk got louder and louder throughout the night. It wasn’t until the morning, however, that the full horrific devastation was revealed. My bunk was still immaculate but Matilda's wall looked like it had been ripped bare. I am afraid Matilda got into big trouble from Mum and Dad, but worse still, we were unceremoniously thrown out of our lodgings in disgrace, as the landlady was, erm… very annoyed, to put it mildly.
Mum and Dad could not understand how "golden girl" Matilda could have been sooooo naughty and so parity was restored.
Therefore I seek your forgiveness for my crime of remaining silent thoughout and letting ‘little Sis’ take the full rap. I am afraid her halo slipped a little that night. I on the other hand, regained my position on the pedestal.
I also seek forgiveness from the poor landlady who had to redecorate the whole room, undoubtedly at great expense !
Please grant me forgiveness !!