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Sometimes the oldies really are the best?

I was listening to my iTunes library on random selection recently when this popped up: Jools Holland’s ‘Hop the Wag’ which features Sam Brown, daughter of Joe Brown, remember him? Singing ‘The Way You Look Tonight’. It reminded me that even though I like today’s stuff, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, for example, […]

The Cod has Come – Norway.

♫ ♪ ♫ “Oh doctor, oh doctor, oh dear Dr John
Your cod liver oil is so pure and so strong
I’m afraid of my life, I’ll go down in the soil
If me wife don’t stop drinking your cod liver oil.” ♪ ♫♪ ♫ By Great Big Sea

By way of explanation The Cod has come is […]

They had Dennis the Menace but we had Beefy

One hot sleepy Sunday afternoon at my restaurant in rural France Dennis Lillee came in for lunch. Dennis is a former Australian cricketer rated as the “outstanding fast bowler of his generation”. Lillee was known for his fiery temperament, ‘never-say-die’ attitude and popularity with the fans. According to Wikipedia.

He sat outside with friends enjoying […]

Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory

Once, whilst channel hopping in a hotel in deepest Hertfordshire, I stumbled upon a re-run of Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory. For those that don’t know, Londoner William “Willie” George Harcourt-Cooze grew, imported and produced his own chocolate and Channel 4 made a fly-on-the-wall documentary about it.I found the programme fascinating and I soon learned to […]

Beans: They can kill you know, well nearly anyway

A couple of months ago, in my desperation for heat, think chillies, not sunshine, I had been craving chilli con carne mind you I am fussy about my chilli, it needs to be dryish not sloppy. In England every supermarket has red kidney beans in varying sizes of tins, cooked and ready to go. In […]

Football is for wimps

Football First and not just on Sky…OK, listen up. Football is very important so tomorrow there’s a little dilemma. The Confederations Cup is currently taking place in Brazil and tomorrow, showing live in one of the bars in my village, will be a semi-final match between Spain and Italy. The winners will meet Brazil […]

Viva George Bassett and his young companion Bertie

Whilst chatting with a friend on Skype recently she asked me what I miss about England now that I have been living in sunny Andalucía for one year. It didn’t take long for me to reply, liquorice, not just any old liquorice but proper Basset’s hard liquorice sticks shaped like an oar or paddle […]

Sir Francis Drake and the perfect Mojito

A mojito is a cocktail of Caribbean origin consisting of rum, lime, sugar and mint.

Put together pirates, rum, the sugar industry and the slave trade and there you have the origins of Mojito.

It is claimed that during the 16th century Queen Elizabeth’s golden boy Sir Francis Drake was involved in the creation of El Draque, Spanish […]

Fruitarianism – the way to go?

Some while ago I researched this subject for a detox website. I love fruit and vegetables (and meat before you ask) so it was interesting for me plus I got paid for it too. In general fruitarians follow a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds but not grain and definitely no animal products. […]

Could you watch your food being killed?

Rabitena is a 60 year old man who rears lambs in Alcaudete. His father, who was born in La Rabita, hence his name, did the same and his father’s father and the one before that… so when Rabitena dispatches one of his lambs he defies diktaks from Brussels or anybody else to stop what […]