Music Played14 items
ABBA Summer Night City
Abba - More Abba Gold, Polydor
Morten Harket Scared Of Heights
(CD Single), Wrasse Records, 3
The Who Won't Get Fooled Again
Ultimate Rock 2 (Various Artists), Hit Label
Gary "U.S." Bonds This Little Girl
Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label
Creme Under Your Thumb
The Very Best Of 10cc, Mercury
Darren Hayes Stupid Mistake
Secret Codes & Battleships, EMI, 1
The Beatles Twist & Shout
The Beatles - Please Please Me, Parlophone, 14
Steve Miller Band Abracadabra
The Very Best Of The Steve Miller Ban, Arcade Records
The Isley Brothers Shout
Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television
Cat Stevens Can't Keep It In
The Very Best Of Cat Stevens, Island
Little Feat Rock 'n' Roll Doctor
As Time Goes By: The Very Best Of, Warner Bros
Willie Nelson & Ray Charles Seven Spanish Angels
Willie Nelson - Collection, Columbia
Dixie Chicks There's Your Trouble
(CD Single), Epic
Country Showstopper Choice
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Confessions: Shed A Little Light
Dear Father Simon and the assembled collective.
I seek forgiveness for an incident that happened 10 years ago when I moved with my wife to a house on a brand new modern housing estate. Everything was pristine - newly laid lawns, newly planted trees and shrubs - but a bit spartan as nothing had had much of a chance to grow or establish. The new houses were finished in tranches, so new neighbours often moved in around the same time and quickly got to know each other.
One of my neighbours was a single chap in his early 30s - we'll call him Graham. Graham moved into a house just across a small grassed area from our house. His house had a large back garden, but due to the newness of the house this was almost entirely grass apart from 6 small paving slabs pretending to be a patio.
I was chatting to Graham one day, and he mentioned that what he fancied now was a shed to go into his newly landscaped back garden - after all, he'd left a space especially for it behind the garage. Graham was in luck, as we had a garden shed from our old house that we'd brought with us but didn't have room for in our little garden, so it was stacked in bits down the side of the house. It was in very good condition, a simple 8ft by 6ft shed with a base and a pitched roof - nothing fancy, but exactly what Graham was looking for. After a quick bit of haggling we settled on a price and I offered to help him erect said shed in his back garden that weekend.
Well, the weekend arrived and it was a scorching hot day. That morning, I had decided to dig up my meagre excuse for a front lawn and gravel it, and Graham came over and helped out with a pick-axe and spade. At around 10am in the morning, after a good 15 minutes of hard digging we agreed it was time for a bit of "refreshment". I kept a stock of bottled lager in the garage, and so we imbibed. As cool lager goes down nicely on a hot day, we had quite a few. Nearing lunchtime we decided to stop digging (but not drinking) and have a little rest. Graham said "Hey, why don't we carry the shed over to my garden now and put it together - should only take a few minutes." "Brilliant idea", I said, so we meandered back and forth between the two houses carrying the base, sides, roof and assorted bits for the shed.
The base went down easily. The sides, however, were a bit trickier. You needed one person holding the side, whilst the other person twisted the bolts into the base. To fit the last remaining side (the one with the door in it), one person had to be inside the shed to twist the bolts and lock it all together. Graham took this job as I held the side up.
Graham finished bolting the sides together, and I stood back to admire the job - a base and four sides, but no roof yet. Graham, however, could only admire it from the inside because the shed door was locked and I didn't have the key on me. "Hang on", I said, "the key will be in our kitchen somewhere, I'll go home and get it."
I staggered home and checked all the usual places in the kitchen that we kept the odd keys - drawers, fruit bowls, top of the fridge. While looking, I noticed the telly in the kitchen was on and there was a MotoGP race at Donington. Now, I'm a bit of a biker and I love watching MotoGP and it suddenly seemed like a great idea to turn on the big telly in the living room and watch the race with a beer or five. It was a smashing race, and I watched the post-race interviews, and then a 250cc race...and possibly one other - it's all a bit hazy now.
About 5pm my wife returned home to find me still in the living room watching the telly. "I see you've taken the shed over to Graham's then", she said, having noticed that it was missing from the side of our house. Oh dear. The shed with the locked door. And Graham inside.
"Quick", I said to the wife, "help me find the key for the shed door - I'll explain later!" We managed to find the key and I wobbled back over to Graham's garden. There was an eerie silence. Graham's beer was still outside the shed, very warm now. I unlocked the shed door and found him asleep on the floor, looking very red having been out in sun for over 4 hours in the shed with no roof. He had little ants crawling over him too.
I managed to wake him up, but he wasn't very happy. Having been drinking since 10 that morning, he had felt the call of nature whilst in the shed, and had no option but to relieve himself in the corner. Over the 4 hours he'd been in there, this had happened a few times. He'd tried to climb out, but the sides still had nails sticking out of the top where the roof had been attached before I had dismantled it. So he was trapped. He'd eventually decided to lie down for a bit and promptly fallen asleep, with the afternoon sun beating down. Being ginger, he'd gone "a bit crispy", as he later put it.
So, Father Simon, I do not seek forgiveness from Graham for locking him in the shed with no roof, nor from my wife for leaving the remains of the front garden all over the drive and dragging it into the hallway on my shoes. No, I seek forgiveness from Graham's elderly neighbours who witnessed, from their upstairs window, two drunk blokes putting up a shed and then one passing out.
North Indian Lamb Shanks
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 2 hrs (approx)
Oven 400F/200C (180C fan) – 350F/180C (160C fan)
1 onion chopped
4 tbsp vegetable oil
4 lamb shanks (approx 300g each)
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 lamb stock cube (or chicken of not available)
2cm cube of fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp malt vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
250ml natural yoghurt
1 tbsp panch puren (or make your own by gently heating in a dry pan equal parts of fenugreek, fennel, cumin, black mustard & nigella seeds, until they start to pop)
2 green hot chillies, chopped
1 tbsp garam masala
fresh coriander, to serve
20 x 30cm roasting tin
1. Put the onions & 2 tbsp of the oil & 1 tbsp water into a saucepan & cover with a tight fitting lid.
2. Cook for 10 mins over a low heat or until the onions are sweet & translucent – do not allow them to colour.
3. Rub the lamb shanks with the cumin & place in a roasting tin.
4. Drizzle over the remaining vegetable oil & bake for 15 mins at the higher temperature.
5. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock cube, ginger, vinegar, sugar, yoghurt, panch puren & chillies to the onion base & bring to the boil.
6. Pour over the lamb, cover tightly with foil & return to the oven, reducing the temperature to 350F/ 180C. Cook for 1½ hrs.
7. Check from time to time that there is enough liquid to cover the shanks completely as this will help them cook evenly & stay moist. Add a little water if necessary.
8. The result should be a sticky, thick, oily sauce. Remove the foil if you need to reduce the liquid.
9. The shanks can be cooked ahead & stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. They are actually better cooked ahead as the flavours improve.
10. You can reheat, covered in foil, at the same oven temperature for 25 mins. Stir in the garam masala just before serving.
11. Serve the shanks on warmed dinner plates with all the lovely, sticky juices poured over. Top with lots of chopped fresh coriander