Thursday, June 30, 2022

Random Retro Chart Show - June 30

The number 26 chosen at random and 20 songs that were at 26 on this day also chosen at random. From Millie to Carly Rae's all here!!!

RANDOM RETRO CHART SHOW : June 30 (Mixcloud)

Monday, February 28, 2022

February 2022 : Apropos of Nothing


Here's the albums I enjoyed the most that charted this month

1. LOS BITCHOS - Let The Festivities Begin

2. SPOON - Lucifer On The Sofa

3. WHITE LIES - As I Try Not To Fall Apart

4. EELS - Extreme Witchcraft


6. METRONOMY - Small World

7. EDDIE VEDDER - Earthling

8. ZEAL & ARDOR - Zeal & Ardor

9. LADY BLACKBIRD - Black Acid Soul

10. MITSKI - Laurel Hell

Dishonorable mention for Kim Petras's "Slut Pop" which is as nasty and tasteless as it sounds.

Thursday, January 06, 2022


A list of our go-to recipes


Con Carne




Honey Soy Chicken


Butternut Squash Chicken

Chicken and Prawn (Vinegar)

Chicken with Coconut Milk

Easy Chicken Curry

Prawn Curry

Vegetable Curry


Cod, Chick Pea & Chorizo Traybake

Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes and Brocolli

Salmon Egg Fried Rice

Salmon Tray Bake



Easy Slow Cooker Lasagne

Lasagne (Slow Cooker)

Linguine with Avacado, Lime and Tomato

Red Pepper Pesto Spaghetti (M&S)

Ingredients (serves 4) 

300g wholewheat spaghetti 

30g M&S Panko breadcrumbs 

60g pesto 

100g M&S easy onions 

200g M&S roasted red pepper paste

  • Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, gently sauté the breadcrumbs in a non-stick frying pan until golden, turn off the heat and add half of the pesto and mix to form a crumb. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onions and the paste to the frying pan and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Meanwhile, drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water. Tumble the pasta in the sauce, season with salt and use a little of the pasta water to loosen.
  • Place into serving bowls, topping each with a teaspoon of the remaining pesto and a generous sprinkle of the pesto crumb. 100g of pesto crumb spaghetti contains >3g of fibre per 100g

Spaghetti Bolognese

Tagliatelle with Moroccan Style Lamb Sauce


Chicken & Chorizo Jambalaya

Tomato and Chorizo Rice


Ham in Coke

Lamb - Boneless



Monday, January 06, 2020

This was lovely to read today.
I love Dangermouse because obviously it was hilarious, but also because it reminds me of my grandad who was in his 60’s and laughed at it like a drain. It was so wonderful to enjoy something that adults in my life also enjoyed as a kid.
Here’s David Jason and the genius Brian Cosgrove telling the Guardian how they made this utter classic.

Friday, January 03, 2020

Proper 90's : January 2nd

Here's last night's "Proper 90's" for your delight and delectation.

Hear it every Thursday evening from 6-8pm and follow at

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Liar's Diary : Wednesday 27th November

It was Lancashire Day today and so I celebrated with a butter pie and pint of Vimto for breakfast and, like the true exiled northerner I am, told all of my Southern colleagues why their home town was shite compared to Chorley and the like.

It was a day for notable deaths. A shock this morning to hear that Gary Rhodes had died overnight aged just 59. Less of a shock was the loss of Dr. Jonathan Miller at the age of 85 and finally Clive James' death was confirmed today, one that we and he had been expecting.

Jonathan Miller was one of those people whose intellect was frightening, and I enjoyed the story about the letter he sent to Private Eye which they still have on the wall...

..and Clive James' did prompt me into buying the collection of his TV writing and Unreliable Memoirs (a pay day treat).

I also listened to a great BBC Radio 4 show with him listening to archive recordings of himself which was fascinating.

Had one of those days at work where I actually got things done!

"Meeting Myself Coming Back - Clive James" - BBC Sounds
"The Adam Buxton Podcast - Nicky Wire" - Podcast, love Adam's podcast anyway but Nicky Wire was a great guest. Honest, no po-facedness at all just a real sense of enjoyment in his life and looking back at a heck of a past.

Newsnight : 26/11/19 - BBC IPlayer
Rick And Morty S04E01 - All 4
Mr Pickles S01E01 - All 4 : Never even heard of this Adult Swim series but it couldn't be more up my street if it was lying on the sofa next to me demanding a cup of tea.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Read some “positive thinking” Blinkist thing last night before bed in the hope that this morning I’d be a tsunami of energy.
I wasn’t but I did take from it a couple of ideas about surrounding myself with joyful sights and sounds and so I listened to The Fall on my drive in.

My immediate boss (1) isn’t around and so I took the positive placebo and got stuck into my ever growing work list.

I’ve been playing around with a desire to relive the 90’s and blog about it trying to convince people, the wider universe, that the 80’s were shite and the 90’s is where it’s at. I’ve had a radio idea fermenting, now thinking about blogging to go hand in hand with it.

With that in mind I went on to the official charts website and started to listen to every album that charted in the 90’s in order.

Three weeks in, pleasantly surprised by Loop and Jungle Brothers.

More thoughts formulated after tea and a bit of work. I will expand once I’ve properly got a plan.

One of my best friends from uni is coming down for an evening next Tuesday, an estate agent has riled me and my wife is amazing.