Music Played14 items
Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You
Now 39 (Various Artists), Now
Brilliant, EMI, 1
Steve Winwood Valerie
Pure Rock Ballads (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Stevie Wonder Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder - Song Review, Motown
Kraftwerk The Model
Into The Eighties (Various Artists), Columbia
Scissor Sisters Only The Horses
(CD Single), Polydor, 1
Gilbert O'Sullivan Get Down
Gilbert O'Sullivan -Nothing But The B, Park Records, 4
ZZ Top Legs
Driving Rock (Various Artists), Global Records & Tapes
Donna Summer I Feel Love
Donna Summer - On The Radio, Casablanca, 7
R.E.M. Shiny Happy People
The Greatest Hits Of 1991 (Various), Telstar
Paloma Faith Picking Up The Pieces
(CD Single), Universal, 1
Gene Cotton Me And The Elephant
Tom Jones Hit Or Miss
(CD Single), Gut Records, 5
Glen Campbell By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Sixties Legends (Various Artists), Virgin
Nigel's Rum Baba
By Simon Rimmer from Something for the Weekend
Prep time 1-2 hrs
Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hr
15g / ½oz dried yeast
75ml / 2½fl oz warm water
600g / 1lb 5oz plain flour
175g / 6oz butter, well softened, plus extra for greasing
125g / 4½oz caster sugar
5 free-range eggs
2 free-range egg yolks
For the syrup
225g / 8oz sugar
200ml / 7fl oz water
100ml / 3½fl oz dark rum
mascarpone, to serve
1. Stir the yeast & warm water together in a bowl until the yeast dissolves. Add 2 tbsp of flour & mix to form a paste. Set aside for 10 mins. (Don't leave it for longer!).
2. Beat the butter & sugar together for 5 mins, until light & fluffy. (Ideally use an electric whisk).
3. Add the yeast paste, followed by the remaining flour, salt, eggs & egg yolks & beat until well combined - this will take about 8 mins.
4. Grease a 12-well muffin tin & divide the mixture equally among the wells. Cover with a clean damp tea towel & leave in a warm place for an hour, until doubled in size.
5. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/350F/Gas 4.
6. Transfer the muffin tin to the oven & bake for 20-25 mins, until golden-brown. Allow to cool.
7. For the syrup, bring the sugar & water to the boil in a pan. Boil for about 6 mins to form a thick syrup. Take off the heat & stir in the rum.
8. To serve, place 2 babas onto each of 6 serving plates. Make a hole in the top of each one & pour in some syrup. Top with a dollop of mascarpone.
Today's Confession: Barking Up The Wrong Tree
To Father Mayo and his collective
I feel it’s finally time to put pen to paper and ask forgiveness of my sins. I’ve been a police officer for many years serving my community to the very best of my ability. As you can imagine I have dealt with various incidents over the years, however one particular incident has stuck in my mind for far too long now and I would now like to ask you all for forgiveness.
It was a beautiful Monday morning and my colleague and I were patrolling the area in our police car. A call came out over the radio to attend a particular London estate. “Could someone attend *********** estate where there is a vicious dog in the middle of the road terrorising people on their way to work.” Now this type of call isn’t that uncommon and is something many officers have dealt with before. I asked my colleague to accept the call and we duly made our way to the location. I was also aware that a specialised dog unit had accepted the call but was running from some distance away and would not be with us for at least another 20 minutes.
We were only around the corner so arrived in only a few minutes. As I drove along the road to my astonishment there was indeed a very large Alsatian in the middle of the road and it was indeed terrorising people on their way to work. The dog was enormous, it was snarling and I could clearly see its very large teeth ready to take a bite of the next person to walk by. I stopped the car in the middle of the road and turned to my colleague whose eyes were now protruding out of their sockets.
Now this stretch of road was very long with houses along each side. The majority had small front gardens with a driveway. I could see people walking towards the dog which would then run after them barking and snarling. Thankfully the people would turn and run and the dog would then return to its original position, guarding the road.
I called up on the radio for an ETA of the dog van but this was still 15 minutes away. I was considering calling up other units to close the road off when suddenly the dog started to wander towards a house. I then noticed that the front door of the house was ajar and it now became obvious what had happened. The owner had left for work and by mistake had inadvertently left the front door open allowing the dog to escape.
The dog slowly walked towards the door and then sat on the step just outside.
I knew this was our chance and decided to act and quickly hatched a plan with my colleague. I moved my police car closer to the house down the driveway in an attempt to force the dog back inside. The front of my car was now as close as I could get it to the front step but the dog refused to retreat. Instead it had stood up and was getting very angry with us. It was so frustrating; the dog was inches from the door but was refusing to go back inside. I enquired how far the dog van was away; unfortunately he had now been diverted to another call and was going to be delayed. No one else was coming, it was left up to us.
We decided that there was no other alternative than to get out of the car and force the dog back inside. We both got out of the car, my colleague had armed himself with a small fire extinguisher and I with my baton. We slowly made our way forward towards the door, the dog was now very very angry and was barking ferociously. I could actually see drool dripping from his massive teeth. In utter amazement I noticed that the dog was starting to retreat, step by step it began to move back inside the house until it was now standing in the corridor. I then made a sudden rush towards the door and grabbed the handle and pulled the door too and heard the lock click into place.
Can you imagine our relief? Me, my colleague and the general public were all safe. We looked at each other with the knowledge that we had done a good thing and returned to the car. I updated the control room with the result and asked them to show us on our refreshment break. We had both certainly earned breakfast this morning.
I started to make my way back to the police station when the control room called me up. “Could you tell me what number house you returned the dog to?” “Yes, number 57” I replied. There was a long silence, then I heard laughing in the background of the control room. “Err we have just received a call from a terrified elderly occupant from number 57. She said that she had woken up and come downstairs to make a cup of tea only to discover a very large and very angry Alsatian standing in her kitchen. She has now locked herself in her bedroom and is scared half to death.”
I couldn’t believe it, I was so sure it had come from that address, how on earth was I to know. I quickly returned to the address and after making some enquires discovered the neighbour had a key. By this time the dog van had now joined us and we eventually entered the house and restrained the dog.
I rescued the elderly occupant from her bedroom who as one could imagine was still in a state of shock. She asked me how on earth a dog had managed to get inside her house. I asked if she had left her front door open. She replied it was possible as the lock was not working very well and would sometimes stick. I informed the resident that it was quite possible that the dog had made its way inside via the open door but everything was OK now and she wouldn’t have to worry anymore. I had even applied some oil to the lock so that it would no longer stick. She was so thankful for our assistance she made us all tea and cakes.
I would ask you all to consider my actions and forgive my ways.