Monday, 5 October 2009

The Hairy Bikers

One of my favourite pastimes is cooking, I'm not very good at it, but I enjoy it. I also enjoy watching cookery programmes on TV, none more so, than the Hairy Bikers. It occurred to me whilst watching them last Saturday morning, that I knew nothing about them. I decided to do some research and came up with the following:

Profile - The Hairy Bikers

Dave Myers, from Barrow-in-Furness and Si King, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, are together the Hairy Bikers. They both came from a background in television and film production. Myers is a professional make-up artist, specialising in prosthetics, whilst King has served as locations manager on productions like Harry Potter and Byker Grove.

Si King (Right) and Dave Myers (Left)

Si and Dave aren't professional chefs but they are lifelong food lovers. They met through work on the set of a TV drama and ever since they have been heading off, on their motorcycles, to far flung corners of the globe in search of authentic culinary and cultural experiences.

Simon King lives in Newcastle, with his partner and three children, has an infectious laugh and friendly charm. His interest in food stems from his father, who was in the royal Navy. and brought back exotic ingredients from his travels.

Dave Myers worked as a furnaceman in a steelworks to finance his Master's degree in fine arts. He later joined the BBC. Dave has travelled extensively and now lives on Roa Island, in Morcambe Bay, where he's Club Champion at the boat club.

The duo's TV shows are a mixture of cookery and travelogue - most shows feature the pair on their motorcycles. Their TV appearances include, The Hairy Bikers Cookbook, several appearances on Saturday Kitchen and Richard and Judy.

In summer 2009 they filmed a new 30-part daytime show 'The Hairy Bikers Tour of Great Britain' for BBC2. The first screening of the show was on 24 August 2009 and sees them visit a different country each day and cook what they consider to be that countries signature dish.

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"I say, waiter, could I have some mustard!"

Did You Know?

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' head enables it to see all four feet at all times!
The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.
Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.

Who Am I?

Today's Who Am I? puzzle takes us back to the rock-and-roll era of the nineteen fifties. From the ten clues listed below, can you identify our mystery pop star?

01 I was born 15 April 1939.
02 My original name was Reginald Leonard Smith.
03 I was born in Blackheath, South London.
04 My father was a professional soldier.
05 Until 1957 I was performing under the name of Reg Patterson, at London's Condor Club.
06 I became one of Britain's leading rock stars.
07 I regularly appeared on the BBC television show 6.5 Special.
08 My group were called the Wildcats.
09 My wife and I have four children.
10 One of my hits was entitled 'Teenager In Love'.

Good luck with above puzzle.

Questions You Just Can't Answer

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze those pink dangly things hanging here, and drink whatever comes out?"
Who was the first person to say, "See that chicken there ..... I'm gonna eat the next thing that comes out of its backside?"
Why do toasters always have a setting so high that could burn the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?