Thursday, 10 July 2008

Marco's Great British Feast and Bonekickers

The trouble with cooking on the telly is it starts to make you think about food and so after last night's second helping of Marco Pierre White's (MP3) gastronomic tour of the best of British, I couldn't stop trying to compile my own menu... summer pudding, potted shrimps, devilled kidneys, game pie, gooseberry fool, brandy snaps, kedgeree, junket, buttered leeks...ok, not necessarily in that order but... hmmm, extra time on the Wii fit for me today!
Last night saw cockle picking in Morcambe Bay(a poignant and lonely place), real ham for a real pig fed on real acorns, then hung up a real tree for a really long time and herring fishing in Clovelly, I remember a great cream tea in a wet Clovelly, donkeys and an old moto guzzi... and therein lies the genius of food on the telly, nothing evokes memory quite like a favourite dish.

I also caught up with Bonekickers, which, with all the hype seemed to be the next big thing after the Da Vinci Code...oh dear! It's from the Life on Mars team but there is little of the genius evident from that series. Crass.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Are hybrid cars a greener solution?

Reading the Times newspaper today I was pleased to see Jodrell Bank's future was looking safe but concerned to see other new technological advances being heralded as the way forward. Namely, electic/battery cars. I don't think open -cast nickel mining is necessarily good for the environment in the short term, or dotting the planet with nuclear power stations to provide power for millions and millions of new of cars is great in the long term either. (What's the cost of clean up at Sellafield now? One billion?)
In looking at future transport needs, surely removing the density of cars on the roads and having an efficient, cheap public transport network are the first priorities, even if this might mean facing the cold, hard fact that the days of power hungry (oil or battery or electric) personal cars are numbered.

Monday, 7 July 2008

What a Wimbledon!

Wow, so busy having a rant in my last blog I completely forget to mention the fanatastic final in the tennis yesterday. Can't wait for next year!

Parsimonious sauce with the peas please, sir!

Ah, food waste. Surely the call should be to food manufacturers and food suppliers to stop pre-packagaging and incentivising bulk food sales with short shelf lives? The stuff that ends up in the bin is not where the problem starts. What is it they say, prevention is better than cure? I'm sure, in light of the current economic climate, there will be plenty of belt-tightening and leftovers on the menu over the next few years in the UK. On the subject of waste though, how about cutting back on spending £285 million on hosting a summit for 8 leaders, have they not heard of a telephone? One wonders how big the eco-footprint of that particular G8 jolly will be.
Anyway can't wait for next week's handy hints at 'how to live frugally now the cost of living is out of control even though the economy is fine...'