The Ley Lines of a Semi-Retired Drainage System

Written by Holmes Charnley

There seems to be at times, a fine line between enthusiasm and frenzied delight, and with Miranda Krestovnikoff, who presents BBC 2’s Hidden Treasure, that line is all too frequently blurred.

Still, perhaps I’m being a little too hard onrepparttar poor girl. After all, it’s her enthusiasm that caused me to go outrepparttar 118204 other day and buy a metal detector. I’d like to think that I’mrepparttar 118205 only one to have done this, at least in my town, but regrettably, I suspect I’m inrepparttar 118206 majority…

After all, I went into one ofrepparttar 118207 local shops onrepparttar 118208 day of purchase, asking if they did indeed sell metal detectors, and this young man serving behindrepparttar 118209 counter immediately asked if I’d been watching BBC 2 recently. I didn’t know how to take this. Now obviously, he’d sussed me but … well, was that good manners on his part, or just cheeky perception?

I mean, had I gone into my local branch of M & S and been caught perusingrepparttar 118210 boxer shorts, I think I’d have taken umbrage, had a shop assistant inquired if I’d recently had a case ofrepparttar 118211 runs. I digress. Suffice to say, I felt uncomfortable, embarrassed, found out, with my BBC 2 viewing detected so instantly.

Anyway, my fiancée and I finally located one of these machines in one ofrepparttar 118212 nearby catalogue stores…which meant that once we had got it home, we needed to drive off out to one ofrepparttar 118213 nearby catalogue stores to buy some batteries, amidst much muttering.

Still, once this thing was up and running,repparttar 118214 fun we had aroundrepparttar 118215 house was fantastic. The brass fireplace was indeed metal, so was a 2p casually dropped onrepparttar 118216 carpet, then hunted down, with much squealing from both man and machine.

All That Flapping About Has To Stop

Written by Holmes Charnley

What a pleasant man that Rick Stein is. Onlyrepparttar other night, as I tucked into Mrs Holmes’ latest offering and flicked throughrepparttar 118203 channels before settling down with his show (yes, another TV dinner) was I really made aware of this.

Pleasant-ish anyway. He seems a little heavy handed with his ingredients at times -when they’re still alive- for my taste but I’m not overly worried by this. I think that’s just twinges on my part because I’m still feeling guilty about falling offrepparttar 118204 vegetarian wagon. The pheasant shoot he went on recently still sticks in my throat however.

Last night, he was waxing lyrical about an upsurge inrepparttar 118205 nation’s enjoyment of Cornish sardines. When called pilchards, there was no demand, no call for them. But Cornish sardines are a whole different kettle of fish entirely. (Well, no they’re not, they’rerepparttar 118206 same species.) It would appearrepparttar 118207 name change has added romance and flavour.

He quite often enjoys going torepparttar 118208 source of his dishes. Last night’s programme involved a trawler trip. I just wish he hadn’t pawedrepparttar 118209 fish, held them aloft, whilst they were still alive. The dreadful flapping andrepparttar 118210 bulging eyes were a little off-putting. I think this particular fish was wishing to god it was still called a pilchard. Less demand, more time inrepparttar 118211 sea, it reasoned. Not unreasonably…

I think it’s his evident enjoyment inrepparttar 118212 whole cooking experience that I find so endearing. An obvious enjoyment, whilst remaining wholly down-to-earth is a winning combination. No airs and graces, no nouvelle cuisine, just a man with a pleasant manner and a straightforward recipe.

I was still pondering this today when I came across a snippet of information regarding Jamie Oliver. In many ways,repparttar 118213 antithesis of Rick Stein. Tempting though it is, I’m not going to unleash onrepparttar 118214 boy. He’s got a lisp, he’srepparttar 118215 perfect example of a mockney, but it’s all been said before. Let’s leave it. The information regarding Mr Oliver was aproposrepparttar 118216 Sainsbury’s adverts he’s starred in. “Starred” here isrepparttar 118217 operative word. How can someone, though undeniably a whizz inrepparttar 118218 kitchen, become a personality? It seems very strange.

As Stephen Fry said, upon winning Celebrity Mastermind: “The word ofrepparttar 118219 epoch: Celebrity.” You can’t have celebrity chefs any more than you can celebrity plumbers. But of course, oncerepparttar 118220 bourgeois have sunk their teeth in, logic spirals out of control. They adore posh nosh, therefore we have celebrity chefs.

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