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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 15:47.

Pie of the Day - Apple Pie

Pie of the Day - Apple Pie

It had to be. The American symbol of the cult of Momism is today’s pie. Apple pie. The humble apple pie is pretty staple here as well. My grandmother used to let the spare room to exchange students. A French student who went on to become a firm family friend extended his stay picking fruits at a local orchard (yes, that included apples) always found it odd that she served hot apple pie with a...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 15:05.

Who is your favourite Martian?

Who is your favourite Martian?

There seem to be a lot of Martians about lately. And it’s their week so to speak. A new version of War of the Worlds is looming, some conspiracy radio guy was talking about them last night, and I’ve been getting grumpy about missing Red Moons and nostalgic about the one that came through .

So before you can shake a rock snake at a tripod’s gammy leg, it seemed a good idea to chronicle your...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 13:46.

Eats nuts and shares butts

Eats nuts and shares butts

I’ve heard of King Rats before, where an ensemble of rats entwine tails and become a gestalt entity. But now squirrels in Wisconsin are doing the same. Does Squirrel Girl know?

A tale of five squirrels: vets untangle 'Gordian Knot' of rodents

Wildlife centre operates to save animals’ tails that became entwined with each other and their nest

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 13:29.

Lost in the lists of time

Lost in the lists of time

A few bits and pieces that have tickled my fancy. I want to see a vending machine with live crabs in it.

BBC Radio 4 - The Unbelievable Truth - Eight unbelievable truths about food

We take a look at eight outrageous claims about food that turned out to be true.

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Problem with prostate cancer? See a Realtor.

BBC Radio 4 - The News Quiz - 50 hilarious cuttings from The News Quiz

Some...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 11:46.

Music, beer, lingo

Music, beer, lingo

A brief musical interlude. Nostalgia, beer and local lingo made the career of a couple of pop legends. Courage Breweries picked up on the songs of Chas and Dave and decided they were perfect for an ad campaign.

After the Gertcha ad aired, the single shot up the charts.

Not sure if if it was chicken or egg after that, but Chas and Dave became a cult phenomenon.

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 11:38.

Don't look Pie, but Bodyguard is coming to Netflix

Don't look Pie, but Bodyguard is coming to Netflix

For the last month around 10 million British television viewers have been glued to the screen by the latest thriller from Jed Mercurio. He’s the chap who previously gave us medical drama Bodies and the explosive police corruption drama Line of Duty. We ignore his side steps into sci-fi.

Netflix are now lining up the show for you folk over the water having bought it from ITV. Hang on, that...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 10:27.

Zienia Merton RIP

Zienia Merton RIP

Zienia Merton passed away on Friday, 14th September, aged 72. She began her acting career in 1959 as a 14-year-old shot into space for the Children’s Film Foundation movie serial Masters of Venus. Five years later, she would become the reluctant bride Ping Cho in a seminal Doctor Who serial, Marco Polo. However, you might recognise her better as Moonbase Alpha team member Sandra Benes from...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 15, 2019 at 10:09.

Touching the cloud

Touching the cloud

Or starting the Solstice on Snowden. This is one of those “since it is on the doorstep, I really should check it out” things. Despite having lived in Snowdonia for a few years now (industrial doughnut permitting) I’ve never ventured on to the higher levels before now. With the Solstice pending and what looked like a favourable weather forecast it seemed a good day to change that.

Weather on...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 20:12.

April 14th can't be licked

April 14th can't be licked
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Keep your hair on and have a Happy Dolphin Day! On April 14 you can also swim along with:

International Moment of Laughter Day

Baby Massage Day

Children with Alopecia Day

Dreams of Reason Feast Day

Ex-Spouse Day

National Pecan Day

Pan American Day

Patholigists’ Assistant Day

Slow Art Day

Reach As High As You Can Day

Look Up The...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 19:58.

Pie of the Day -  Fish Pie

Pie of the Day -  Fish Pie

This pie doesn’t gave pastry. If you know a shepherdess who swims it might be possible to rustle up an interesting Surf’n’Turf Pie. Might have to put that to the test.

Last time I bought one of those fish pie mixes - bits of cod, haddock and salmon - I used it in a kedgeree.

Fish pie recipe - Raymond Blanc OBE

The best fish pie recipe with a mashed potato or pastry topping.

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 18:09.

Alright, lar? We're cewking Scouse

Alright, lar? We're cewking Scouse

Calm down, my fellow Woolybacks. Hmm! Woolybacktalk? Do we have any Scousers in the room? It would be boss if we did. Dead good like. Anyway, cockney lingo is nah sound as a pound in Liverpool unless you are at an EastEnders convention. You need a bit of Scouse. And not just the scran.

Snax said she was a bit fluffy yesterday. She obviously had the blueys for a bevvy or two. Was she well away...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 15:55.

Fire in the mountain

Fire in the mountain

This might be small compared to brush fires in other places, but around thirty people were evacuated from their homes last night as the fire brigade tackled gorse fires around Garreg Ddu in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. At its worst they were going up the rockface with torch lights to try and bring the blaze under control.

A section of the high street was closed off as the firefighters got...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 14:05.

G'daily Rolf - the tree begins to breathe

G'daily Rolf - the tree begins to breathe

Australian Renaissance Man Rolf Harris is one of those figures who went from international treasure to pariah in one easy court case. Still, the 88-year-old has served his time. Before he self-destructed, or at least before they pulled the pin, if you needed someone to play the didgeridoo who else where you going to call? Kate Bush roped him in for her multilayered ode to racial abuse and...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 09:40.

That sound is positively ripping!

That sound is positively ripping!

Those murders that Pie mentioned earlier were the inspiration for something that should have been a vehicle for Peter Sellers. As Bertholt was saying, when the legendary Spike Milligan wasn’t intending to disembowel his fellow Goon, or vice versa, the pair had an extremely creative comedy partnership in music, radio, television and film.

At some point Milligan worked up a serial...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 08:34.

Moonbase Alpha makes a return

Moonbase Alpha makes a return

Something to watch out for if you are in the UK. Forces TV which is currently running UFO and Buck Rogers is lining up Gerry Anderson’s Space:1999 for a rerun. Love it or loathe it, the tale of the Moon being blasted out of orbit has some stunning moments (Talking of UFO, they are also airing Special Branch so some evenings are a George Sewell marathon, That’s got to be a first).

As a...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 08:04.

Which tv show needs a sci-fi makeover?

Which tv show needs a sci-fi makeover?

Which tv show needs a sci-fi makeover? Which might seem an odd question to be prompted by a show about a bunch of twenty-something lawyers. Today is the anniversary of Amy Jenkins’ This Life, a snazzy drama that captured the zeitgeist of Nineties Britain. If you haven’t seen This Life, hunt it down. It is funny, sad, cruel, uplifting , surprising and lots of other things. You might also...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 06:12.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Zepplin the Hedgehog!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Zepplin the Hedgehog!

A Scottish animal welfare organisation has left a hedgehog feeling deflated. That’s a good thing because when he was found, “Zepplin” had blown up to the size of a beachball.

The Scottish SPCA were called to help the hedgehog, who resembled a beach ball, back in July 2017 after he was spotted by a member of the public.

National Wildlife Rescue Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “Zepplin has been...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 14, 2019 at 03:04.

Robots build zombie-proof house

Robots build zombie-proof house

No doubt about it, this house is really smart. I don’t know if it will fend off a zombie attack but it was built by robots so that has to count for something. It also has the advantage of being erected in a day.

Back in the Seventies, I did watch a three-bedroom house go up in an hour round Misftsville (next to the park that the GLC lost). Not sure if it still stands? Wouldn’t count on that...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 13, 2019 at 18:21.

I've just eaten a kid

I've just eaten a kid

Is this a real book? This is what happens when you don’t hire subs. Then again, I’ve just eaten a kid. Not a whole one you understand. There is still curried goat left in the pot.

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 13, 2019 at 15:19.

Signing of the Damned

Signing of the Damned

Just went looking for one thing and found something else entirely. Over the New Year holiday, Radio 4 ran a new audio version of The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. It was Wyndham’s novel that formed the basis of the movies Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned.

I got round to listening to this new radio production a couple of months back. And very good it was too. I hadn’t...

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