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Peter Frampton Show Me The Way
And The Road Goes On Forever Vol 1, Debutante
Coldplay Charlie Brown
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Def Leppard Animal
Def Leppard - Hysteria, Phonogram
Scouting for Girls This Ain't A Love Song
(CD Single), Epic, 1
The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes
The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv
Alan Price Set Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear
Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits, Old Gold
The Pointer Sisters Jump (For My Love)
The Best Of The Pointer Sisters, RCA
The Stone Roses Fools Gold
Precious - Various Artists, Dino
Jamie Hartman Girlwise
III, Flat Cap Records, 1
Michael Kiwanuka I'm Getting Ready
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Don Williams You're My Best Friend
Ultimate Country (Various Artists), Telstar
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Today's Confession: Lost Weekend
Dear Simon and the collective.
The following confession has been eating away at me for a number of years and I feel now is the time to release this inner angst and plead for forgiveness.
The incident took place in 2002. I was in my early 20's and had just started seeing a very attractive looking girl who eventually became my wife. As with most lads of that age balancing the time spent with “the girlfriend” and "the lad’s nights out" became rather tricky. What made this worse is that my girlfriend came home one day and said that she had an electrical fault on the car and could I take a look. "The electric windows aren’t working" was the cry as I stumbled out to the car on a miserable Saturday morning. I worked on the car for hours changing fuses, testing wiring to no avail while she arranged a shopping trip and was picked up by her mate to go up town.
I was annoyed but it was then I noticed a small shiny button slightly hidden in the armrest on the door, I pushed said button and whaddya know, the windows started working. I had found the child safety cut off switch that stopped all windows operating except the driver’s one. Problem solved. In triumph of my amazing car repair I headed off down the local to meet up with my drinking buddies.
During my couple of shandies that afternoon I found out that one of my good friends was having a stag party in Prague in a few weeks time and was asked if I would like to accompany the party to take in the architectural delights of the medieval city. I immediately thought no way, there was not a chance my lovely sweet girlfriend who had left me to sweat over the horrid car repair all morning only to abandon me for a shopping spree would let me go. And it’s then when I had the idea. I told the lads to keep their mouths shut and headed off for the covert operation. I went back into the car to flick the switch back to its original position rendering the windows motionless. My girlfriend got back laden with bags to find that I had cooked dinner for her.
"How did it go darling?" she smiled. “Not well” I replied. “The wiring is burnt out behind the dash somewhere, or it could be in the door, I’m not too sure". She looked in despair realising that such an investigation at a garage would cost hundreds of pounds, money that she could be spending on another handbag or pair of shoes. I then played my trump card. "Well I could fix it but I’d have to take it round my brother’s for him to give me a hand, it might take all weekend” I added".
My brother happened to live about an hour’s drive away in a little village and to my credit he did have a workshop at the back of the house but most importantly, hardly any phone reception.
So the deceit was set and on the day reckoning I drove the car off to my brother’s as planned, dumped the car and then sped off to the airport to meet up with the stag party. So Simon, instead of spending a weekend under the bonnet of my girlfriend’s car I instead spent the weekend drinking and trying not to gain any incriminating marks or tattoos. I returned back to the UK and except for a comment about me looking rather tired (which I put down to finishing the repair the night before) all was well.
Simon although I seek a little forgiveness from my now wife I mainly seek forgiveness from the best man as on the morning of the wedding I desecrated his speech and "humorous" slideshow by removing any evidence that I was in a certain eastern European city at that stag weekend. As a result the slideshow wouldn't run and the speech that he had rehearsed for weeks was as dull as dishwater with the stag jokes removed.
Nigel's Recipe: Pork with apple, calvados sauce and watercress crushed potato
Pork with Apple, Calvados Sauce & Watercress Crushed Potatoes
by Xanthe Clay from 10 Minutes to Table
You can use fairly lean, streaky belly steaks because they have a great flavour, but they are quite chewy.
Fillet or loin steaks are much more tender.
Don't overdo the mustard or it will overwhelm the appley flavour.
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 10 mins
3-4 medium potatoes
2 pork steaks, about a finger thick
1 tsp olive oil
4 tbsp Calvados
5 tbsp crème frâiche
½ tsp grain mustard (optional)
1 tbsp butter
small bunch of watercress
1. Put the kettle on to boil. Peel & cut the potatoes into dice-sized cubes. Boil in a pan of salted water for about 7 mins until cooked.
2. Trim most of the fat from the pork & season with salt & pepper.
3. Meanwhile, heat a heavy frying pan on a medium-high heat. Add the olive oil & then the pork.
4. Cut the apple crossways into pencil-thick slices. Add to the pan with the pork. Turn both after a couple of mins, when browned. Press down on the pork - this will help it cook through quickly.
5. When the pork is pretty much done, add the Calvados - it will probably catch fire, but don't worry, let the flames die down. Remove the apple & pork to a plate. Add a splash of water to the pan if it looks dry & stir well, scraping up all the gunky brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the crème frâiche & mustard, if using, taste & season with salt & pepper.
6. Drain the potatoes, add the butter & crush slightly with a spoon or potato masher. Chop the watercress roughly & stir in.
7. Serve the pork & apple with the creamy sauce & the watercress crushed potatoes.