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1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 20 December 2012

Naked scientist Chris Smith joins Fred to discuss two more amazing stories.

Hear why it's good for children to be defeated at board games by competitive dads.

Karon Grieve will be here with more last minute Christmas preparation top tips.

A few weeks ago we challenged mad scientist Bruce Davies to build his own sledge. He's done just that and will be testing it out live.

Bruce Devlin is here to tell you why you should vote for 'The Karen Dunbar Show' to see in the New Year on BBC One Scotland.

Fred's in conversation with soul legend Jocelyn Brown.

And, as ever on a Thursday, zeitgeist botherer Bev Lyons will be here to keep you In The Loop.

  • Christmas Crisis Kit

    Christmas Crisis Kit

    Home crafts expert Karon Grieve is joining Fred every day this week to give you some handy hints for last minute Christmas preparation. Today’s offering is 'The Christmas Crisis Kit'.

    The Christmas Crisis Kit
    Accidents, mishaps and just plain upsets will happen, especially when there are more people about than usual and things get a bit stressed – Christmas has the monopoly on this one! Keep this handy kit ready to deal with anything that might crop up.

    Lavender essential oil; use for minor burns and scalds plus and cuts and brueses too. Use to sooth a headache by rubbing a little gently on the temples with tips of fingers. Use in bath to relax at end of the day. Put a few drops into molten candle wax to chill yourself out.

    Old white towel or cloth nappy and Soda Water; Use to soak up spilt wine by adding the soda water and then blotting on stain working from the outside towards the centre. Must be a white towel as anything coloured could add dye to the mess already there!

    White Vinegar; For stubborn wine stains use this to sponge on afterwords to remove any colour residue, remember white towel/cloth only.

    Dried Mint; Use a teaspoon of this to make a cup of mint tea to sooth an upset tummy or bloating after too much rich food.

    Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of soda); great for soaking up any greasy marks on carpet, furniture or table cloth. Sprinkle on, let it absorb the mark and brush/hoover off.

    Brasil Nut - remove the shell, cut in half and use to remove nasty drink ring marks on your tables.

    Bicarb for upset tummy; just use 2 teaspoons to 50ml water.

    Apples; great for a hangover. Try to eat 2 first thing in the morning. Tomato juice is great for a hangover too, blend 600ml tomato juice with 2 small red chillies and a dash of soy sauce. Keep sipping this throughout the day. It is full of natural pain killers to ease the sore head and sooth the stomach lining



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