Archives for April 2009

Play our Fun Memory Quiz

The One Show Team | 14:57 UK time, Friday, 24 April 2009


We hope you had your eyes peeled and were paying close attention during tonight's One Show as we've got a fun memory quiz to see how observant you are!

If you think you're a One Show memory master follow the link to play our Fun Memory Quiz.

Make sure you head back here once you're done and let us know your score.

Click here to tell us your score.


Beware! If you haven't played the game yet, don't look at the comments below as they might reveal the answers.

Are you too embarassed to celebrate being English?

The One Show Team | 14:30 UK time, Thursday, 23 April 2009


It's St George's Day today, April 23, and it is not a public holiday in England.
It's also a day that the English don't seem to celebrate too much, at least compared to the way the Welsh, Scots and Irish celebrate their patron saint days.

For The One Show Arthur Smith tried to find out why the English "are embarassed to celebrate their Englishness".

So, are the English too embarassed to celebrate being English? Why don't the English celebrate St George's Day with enthusiasm? Or maybe you are celebrating St George's Day?

Share your views, knowledge and stories here.

Gangmasters: Your stories

The One Show Team | 17:50 UK time, Wednesday, 22 April 2009


It's five years since 23 Chinese cockle-pickers lost their lives in the rising tide at Morecambe Bay. Since then the Gangmaster Licensing Authority's regulated those who supply casual labour in certain industries.

Today, dismal unemployment figures show just how bleak the job picture is and more people in desperation, are turning to casual labour.

As Matt Allwright's discovered, gangmasters are increasingly the way to a wage packet for a new breed of manual worker.

He visited a food processing factory near Manchester and chatted to British workers and those that employ them.

What are your experiences of gangmasters? Would you work for them?

Share your experiences here.

Money saving packed lunch recipes!

The One Show Team | 16:17 UK time, Monday, 20 April 2009


Dom Littlewood showed us how making a packed lunch could save us over £1000 a year. He spoke to the 'Queen of Eastern European cuisine', Silvena Rowe, who has written some great money saving packed lunch recipes!

Download the recipes here

Click here to download the recipes in Word format.

Click here to download the recipes in simple text format.

Do you know great packed lunch recipes that won't break the bank? Share them here.

How sharp is your memory? Take the test!

The One Show Team | 15:56 UK time, Monday, 20 April 2009


Taken the test? Tell us how you got on, here.

Welcome to Memory Week on The One ShowDetail from the memory test

This week our scientist Michael Mosley will be exploring human memory - from amnesia to the impact of major events on our powers of recall. Watch the films here.

How sharp is your memory? Take the test!

We want you to take our memory test and don't forget(!) to click back to this page and let us know what state your grey matter is in.


It's a bit of fun but there is science behind it and viewers' answers will be analysed at the end of the week.

Professor Robert Logie has calculated your results over the course of the week. Click here for more information.


What were your results? Are you a Memory Master? Our presenters and guests have taken Part 3 of the test: Numbers - Digit span. How many sequences of numbers could you remember?Memory scoreboard

The scores so far:

Jason Isaacs scored: 9
Christine Bleakley scored: 9
Michael Mosley scored: 9
Adrian Chiles scored: 7
Elvis Costello scored: 5

How many sequences of numbers could you remember?
Tell us how you got on, here

Please note: The set of tests for The One Show were developed as part of a research project on short term and working memory being carried out by Professor Robert Logie and his colleagues at the University of Edinburgh, and in collaboration with the BBC. Neither the BBC nor Professor Logie can offer individual feedback on your results, but we hope that you had fun trying the tests and finding out how well you did compared with other One Show Viewers.

Cosmetic surgery: Is it worth the pain?

The One Show Team | 16:54 UK time, Tuesday, 14 April 2009


For The One Show, Leslie Ash has been looking at cosmetic procedures.

As she says in the film: "Many women find the temptation to stay looking young impossible to resist."

Leslie met Sarah Payne. Sarah was treated with a facial filler - but the procedure went wrong. Watch the film, below.

See also: NHS - Side effects of wrinkle fillers.

Cosmetic surgery: Is it worth the expense and pain? Share your knowledge and stories here.

Should it be easier to adopt abroad?

Melanie Grant - One Show team | 13:43 UK time, Friday, 10 April 2009


Share your views here

Madonna's recent attempt to adopt a three-year-old Malawian girl reignited the debate over inter-country adoption.

Her application was denied despite Madonna having already adopted a young boy, called David from the same country.

Last year there were 233 applications for inter-country adoption within the UK.

Paddy O'Connell investigated this issue and asked whether the process should be easier.

He met Stevan Whitehead, who with his wife Ellie, adopted two children from Guatemala nine years ago.

According to Stevan most people who adopt from abroad only do so after exploring the domestic adoption first.

But the inter-country adoption process is long and arduous, it took The Whiteheads over six years, and there are never any guarantees.

But Save the Children believes the process should remain difficult.

They told Paddy that, "children are usually best able to grow up happy and healthy if they are close to their families and the communities in which they were born".

But what do you think? Share your views here

Dom vs the airline

The One Show Team | 16:57 UK time, Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Viewers Joe and Dolores Donaldson from Belfast got in touch with the One Show when they were at their wits end. After a special holiday went disastrously wrong, they'd complained to Easyjet but they felt their complaints were being ignored.

So The One Show got Dom Littlewood on the case. Dom won compensation for the Donaldsons. Watch the film, below.

In EU regulations there are certain rules about compensation if your flight is cancelled. More information here.

Useful links:

Dom stresses that a good complaint letter can make all the difference.

Which? Suggested template letter for airline complaints.

Also: How to complain.

If you've had a run in with a company that has left you feeling fobbed off, ignored, or dissatisfied, maybe The One Show's Dom Littlewood can help. More info here.


Complaining: What are your top tips? Share your views and experiences below.

How should MPs be paid?

The One Show Team | 17:14 UK time, Friday, 3 April 2009


For The One Show, Martin Bell has been taking a look at MPs' pay and expenses.

Get your voice heard by the people in power

The committee looking at how MPs are paid have asked The One Show to send on to them viewers' suggestions and solutions to the tricky issue of MPs' pay and expenses.

Share your views on the blog here (and we'll pass the comments on). Or if you'd prefer, you can fill in a form here.

Martin Bell's suggestions include...

Firstly, MPs within commuting distance of London have to stop claiming public money for a second home. Their constituents commute, so they can commute as well.

Next, they have to stop employing their relatives - wives, children, and anyone else at public expense.

MPs need to start living frugally. They need to be held accountable for anything they list as "necessary expenses".

They need to see themselves as the people who should be setting an example and aim to be respected for that.

How should MPs be paid? Should they be under greater scrutiny? Should, for example, expenses just be scrapped and replaced with higher salaries? Have your say here.

Should assisted suicide be legalised?

The One Show Team | 15:46 UK time, Thursday, 2 April 2009


Share your views and experiences.


One Show guest John Humphrys has written that: "My father's last years cast a shadow over what had been a good life and those of us who knew and loved him feel a mixture of resentment and guilt to this day."

His father's final years convinced John to become a supporter of assisted suicide: providing the means, eg medicine, to allow a patient to end their own life.

Those in favour of euthanasia argue that a civilised society should allow people to die in dignity and without pain, and should allow others to help them do so if they cannot manage it on their own.

But there are many who argue against the legalisation of euthanasia. Many, for example, believe it could become a 'slippery slope'. Lord Walton, Chairman, House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, has said:

"We concluded that it was virtually impossible to ensure that all acts of euthanasia were truly voluntary and that any liberalisation of the law in the United Kingdom could not be abused.

"We were also concerned that vulnerable people - the elderly, lonely, sick or distressed - would feel pressure, whether real or imagined, to request early death."

Euthanasia has been 'decriminalised' in a number of European countries, namely The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

Should assisted suicide be legal in the UK? Share your views and experiences.

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