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Bruce Springsteen Dancing In The Dark
Bruce Springsteen - Greatest Hits, Columbia
Amy Winehouse Our Day Will Come
Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Island, 1
Starship We Built This City
Now 1985 (Various Artists), Now, 1
Haircut One Hundred Fantastic Day
Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis, Columbia
Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
Now 1986 (Various Artists), Now
Will Young Come On
Echoes, RCA, 1
Unit 4+2 Concrete & Clay
Leader Of The Pack-Sound Of The 60's, Old Gold
Roxy Music The Same Old Scene
Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music - Street Life, Eg
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Columbia
Lana Del Rey Video Games
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
The Housemartins Build
Now 10, Part 2, Now
Status Quo Better Than That
Quid Pro Quo, Fourth Chord Records, 1
Don Williams I Recall A Gypsy Woman
Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar
Confession: Singing From The Same Hymnsheet
Dear Simon and the collective,
My Confession goes back to when I was 11, 1985 being the year.
I was staying with grandparents for the weekend who were regular Church Goers, so having to stay with them meant that I had to accompany them to the Church on Sunday morning.
When I stayed with them, which was not often, they would enrol me at the pre church Sunday School, to be honest I did not enjoy this. It was something about the smell, something about the small children's chairs and also because I'd rather be watching tv. Now this was no ordinary Sunday because that morning a batch of new Hymn books were being placed in the Pews, I know this because my grandparents had got to church early to help with a few other members of the congregation put them out. I went to the toilet, again, to get out of Sunday School and I lingered in the shadows, so saw them being put out. The old books were then placed into boxes on a trolley.
That’s when I had a very mischievous and unholy thought, so, when the church had cleared and everyone had gone elsewhere to pray or have a fag or something, I quickly sneaked in and started to unpack some of the old hymn books from the box, I went to the nearest pew and grabbed a couple of the new Hymn books. I carefully removed a dust cover from one of the older books and replaced it with the new book’s dust cover. It looked a good fit. I did this a few times randomly over various pews. I then placed the old books back on the pews. Some pews had old,some had new. It was a complete jumble. When I went back into the class no one had noticed I had been gone for any length of time. The morning went on, singing making model dinosaurs and listening to readings from one of the Sunday School teachers, and I forgot what I had done. I was collected that morning not by bright eyed joyful grandparents, but by sheepishly, just been told off, grandparents.
I had heard the full goings on when my parents turned up to collect me. It all went wrong with the first Hymn. Some were singing the hymn from the new book and others were singing from the old book. It was utter pandemonium. The poor old organ mistress was particularly disturbed as she struggled to keep up, and kept looking around, red faced and agitated. the This carried on throughout the entire service, until the Vicar noticed that some of the congregation were leaning over sharing books whilst others were trying to sing a different hymn to the tune playing. He asked his trusted helpers to check the hymn books, and that is when it came to light. He then called all of the distributors aside and gave them a telling off. My grandparents were pillars of the church and apologised profusely for messing up the service. My grandpa looked at me askance a few times and I think he knew his pagan grandchild might have had something to do with it. But he said nothing.
So I seek forgiveness not only from my grandparents who have since
passed on and will never know it was me, the vicar who has also since
passed, on for making his new Hymn book day a bad one, but also from the number of the congregation I confused as half of them tried to sing Dear Lord and Father of Mankind while the rest tried Rock of Ages all atnthe same time. It was just a juvenile moment of madness.
Nigel's Recipes: Autumn Crumble
By Mark Hix from British Seasonal Food (Quadrille)
Prep time: 20-30 mins
Cooking time: 1hr
500g cooking apples
500g firm, ripe pears
6-8 plums, quartered & stoned
3 tbsps caster sugar
For the topping:
160g plain flour
80g cold butter, cut into small pieces
90g soft brown sugar
50g rolled oats
60-80g shelled nuts, such as walnuts, hazelnuts, cobnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
3 tbsps pumpkin seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 190C (Fan 170C) / Gas 5.
2. Peel, halve & core the apples & pears, then cut into large chunks & place in an ovenproof dish.
3. Add the plums & sugar & toss to mix.
4. Cover the dish with a lid or foil & cook in the oven for 30 mins.
5. Meanwhile, prepare the crumble topping.
6. Put the flour into a bowl, add the pieces of butter & rub in with your fingertips to give a breadcrumb-like consistency.
7. Add the brown sugar, oats, chopped nuts & pumpkin seeds & mix well.
8. Take the dish from the oven & scatter the crumble topping evenly over the fruit.
9. Bake, uncovered for 30-40 mins until the topping is nicely coloured.
10. Serve with thick cream or custard.
Nigel's Top Tips
The No.1 tip for making good crumble is don't get too busy with it by spending ages mixing the topping ingredients - keep the mix nice & light. If using a food processor, ride the pulse button rather than putting it on full, as too quickly it'll become too fine & indistinct.
If you're making the crumble topping in advance, put it in the fridge until you need it, or even freeze it (which makes the texture more gnarly).
A baker mate of mine makes a 'double crumble' by allowing the crumble to cool initially before adding even more topping, until that browns, for an even thicker, crunchy layer.