Friday, 27 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
I studied journalism in Cardiff in the late '80's and look back on that time with fondness and real affection for the people I met there, even though I don't get to see them much nowadays. Check out the picture-that's me on the left - looking not very sober! Yes Simon (5th from left) I stole the pic from your Facebook page.
Carl also hosts two weekly shows on Big Centre TV, covering the Black Country and Birmingham - a one-hour film review show called The Big Picture, and a news and current affairs chat show called The Week With Carl Jones.
This current affairs show is the one I will be appearing on. Although I had my own radio show for a while so am not shy about chatting ("really?" I hear you exclaim sarcastically!) this will be my first time in front of TV cameras and I am a bit nervous.
Thanks to the wonders of technology I have been able to keep an eye on what's going on in the Midlands via the Express and Star (my father's old workplace) and the Birmingham Post apps. I can usually pull opinions from thin air anyway so sure I won't run out of things to say.
I am really looking forward most to a long overdue reunion with Carl. We have shared some jolly japes in the past with others from my year -Guy, Claire, Tim, Kath, Julia, Julian, Ali, Eleri, and Simon to name just a few.
I'd better mention that Simon, pictured with me (above) a couple of years ago has just had a book published.
You can buy " Gus Honeybun...Your Boys Took One Hell Of A Beating (A Love Affair In The Lower Leagues)" on Amazon in Kindle or actual book form. Simon - do me a favour. If you write another book can you: a. write about something other than football and b. choose a shorter title. Thanks.
Anyway, back to my TV debut with Carl. You will doubtless be thrilled to hear that there are many ways you can watch me corpse on TV - Big Centre TV, a local TV channel for the West Midlands can be found on Freeview Channel 7, Virgin 159 or on the internet HERE.
The Week with Carl Jones featuring yours truly will be aired at 7.30pm on Friday May 27 but there's no excuse to miss it if you already have plans that night - the episode will be available on catch up TV via Big Centre TV's website along with other past episodes.
I'm thankful the show isn't live and am hoping it will act as an interview showreel for Loose Women. In the meantime I just have to decide what on earth to wear.....
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Can't get to Tel Aviv EAT Food Festival? Enjoy these recipes from Israeli restaurant Liliyot instead.7-species salad & The Priest's (lamb) Stew
This week I received an email titled "Press Tel Aviv" with a few lines visible about a food festival there.
Predictably I was disappointed as the actual email was like so many I receive - asking me to promote a product/service/event for nothing with not even a free cupcake to sweeten the deal.
However I actually thought the event sounded amazing and after double checking that the organisers could not in fact fly me out there, decided to write about it anyway.
(This was a lot to do with the honesty, humour and friendliness of the PR person in this case who joked along with me and was happy to discuss ways of making their straight press release something more interesting.)
In this case they agreed to find one of the chefs participating in the food festival to share a recipe so we could enjoy a bit of Med-style food in less exotic surroundings back here in Blighty (or wherever you are readers.)
So here we have it - not one but TWO lovely recipes, one hot, one cold, from Jonathan Berrebi from Tel Aviv Kosher restaurant "Liliyot" ("Lilies")
Now - if you are lucky enough to be able to visit Tel Aviv this week you should find time to go along toTel Aviv EAT, a 3-day-long celebration of food, bringing together Tel Aviv's culinary scene's highfliers who will cook for the city's foodies.
Foodies will be able to find the following renowned restaurants at the Eat Tel Aviv Festival: Yaffo Tel Aviv, Yahaloma Banamal, Manta Ray, Zakaim, Meshek Barzilay, Lima Nippo, Mexicana, Vicky Cristina, Little Italy, Agadir, Cookeez, Tamara, Dim Sum Shop, and many more.
Sadly I won't be there but will enjoy recreating these two recipes from Jonathan - many thanks to him for sharing them.