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It’s Masterchef Finals Night.

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Jack, My Tip For 2016 Masterchef Champion.

Jack, My Tip For 2016 Masterchef Champion.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it againagain and again, Masterchef is my favourite TV entertainment programme.  Every year it just seems to get better.  The producers do an excellent job of adding little twists and new ideas to the format and it never fails to keep me entranced.  For the contestants, getting to the final is an almost guaranteed pass into a shot at a restaurant business.  That’s how influential it’s become.

I like it in all its varieties: the celebrity show, the professional show but the original, where amateur cooks elevate themselves to a professional standard, remains the  best and the most inspiring.

I just love the music, often highlighted with the sound of chopping onions or a blast on a food processor. It’s somewhere between house and trance and I often find myself doing a clumsy boogie around the lounge as I’m watching.

This year has been poignant for me because my mother shared my love of the show and we would watch it together or chat about each episode on the phone.   I found myself talking to her about it last night as I watched the penultimate episode and there she was sitting with me on the sofa once again.

My tip for this year’s champion?  It’ll be Jack, a very talented young man.

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May 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

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The All Time Classic, Coolest Track Ever. Now An Aftershave Commercial.

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December 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

Step Inside Love. I Want You To Stay.

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I confess I shed a few tears at Cilla’s funeral today, given extraordinary coverage on BBC News.

She was part of the the soundtrack of my life.  I grew up with her.  One of my earliest memories, probably aged about six, was in the kitchen of our house in St Bernards Road, Solihull. My mum was there, at the sink, and Cilla’s voice singing ‘Downtown’ was blaring out of the transistor radio on top of the fridge.  (Yes, it was Cilla, not Petula Clark. Cilla did a version as well.)

Later, before she went over to tacky ITV, she was the BBC Saturday night star.  ‘Blind Date’ was amusing, the first time you saw it but the Cilla show was an institution and ‘Step Inside Love’ was perhaps the first time that romance entered my young mind.

Someone to be thankful for and a little sentimental about.

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August 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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This Is Not Porn, It’s Beauty.

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February 21, 2015 at 7:56 am

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Bono On Cannabis

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If I said I’d been skydiving you’d think I was cool.  Cannabis is much, much safer and it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done.

Bono, Glastonbury 2011

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June 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Gary Moore RIP

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One of the all time greats.

He will be sadly missed.

At the risk of blaspheming against Jimi himself, this is almost better than the original!

I can see them both up there now alongside each other, shredding Stratocasters and blowing the Angels’ minds  (or getting blown by the Angels).

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February 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Why Weed Is Better Than Sex (?)

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Or on “high” days and holidays try both at the same time!

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January 22, 2011 at 10:31 am

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