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    s version of US quiz show Jeopardy Next up one of the most warm hearted funny and educational movies we ve had the pleasure to see Temple Grandin the true story of an autistic woman who overcame much discrimination to gain a doctorate Her mother was advised to institutionalize her non speaking 4 year old autistic daughter thankfully she didn t and through her support and that of various teachers the frighteningly intelligent Temple became an expert in animal behavior specialising in the humane treatment of cattle on farms and in abattoirs Temple is also a fantastic ambassador for autism in particular Asperger s syndrome travelling the world as a public speaker in between writing books and developing her designs Finally a wonderful documentary Searching For Sugar Man the official blurb says Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero the mysterious 1970 s rock n roller Rodriguez I don t want to tell you any more but if you love great music and a good story just watch it you won t be disappointed 20 Jan Winter Watch As January is generally a quiet month singing wise we re putting the time to good use by making a list of all the work that needs doing on the house and getting quotes to see where on earth start So far the quotes for transforming the frog swamp back into a swimming pool have varied wildly I m hoping the really expensive and hopefully excessive quote must have included individual rehoming programs for each and every frog pond skater and newt If not looks like we ll have the frog swamp for another year Muddy is trying to program my brain to think of weeding as a form of relaxation Judging by the amount of green critters springing up on what seems like an hourly basis we re going to be in a zen like state for the foreseeable future Great excitement over at the bird feeders Mr and Mrs Black Cap are still hanging out which according to this week s Winter Watch is unusual for this time of year On Saturday a couple of green finches enjoyed a spot of lunch at the no mess sunflower heart feeder We haven t seen them before or since so maybe they were just having a ride out on account of it being the weekend Last Friday I heard a thump at the window and looked up to see a blackbird doing its very best to escape what I m pretty sure was a sparrow hawk perched momentarily on the decking Much as it was horrible to see the blackbird so distressed it was breathtaking to see a bird of prey at such close quarters Today I intend to plant the garlic purchased at the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight last year I m hoping I m not too late as I meant to do it in December but apparently they need cold frosty weather to do their thing so we might be in luck Due to badger bulb snuffling I will be planting them in pots and using John Innes Potting Compost No 3 the Rolls Royce of soil as recommended by the nice man at the garden centre As a break from gardening we went to see Les Misérables yesterday and I have to say I cried like a baby not at the film but at the price of the popcorn nearly 7 So I ve ordered my kernels and I m going to grow my own 10 Jan Where does the time go A belated Happy New Year to you I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas We certainly did The house was full of family and friends throughout the entire holiday It was great fun but I m shattered truth be told Thankfully January is mainly a time of reflection and thumb twiddling in the jazz calendar I can t believe that this time last year Muddy and I were en route to New Zealand neither can I fathom that we ve been living in our new house for 5 months WHERE DOES THE TIME GO In the midst of a tour I d say the busier you are the quicker it goes but then in quieter periods time also disappears very sneakily I ll look up from my computer after what feels like a couple of hours to find it s already gin and tonic time with very little done and not a child in the house washed Time however never goes fast in the dentist s chair or whilst filling out tax returns or hoovering yet it whizzes by in good company Fantastic meals in amazing restaurants never last as long as I d like but then neither do bottles of lovely wine Muddy can spend hours and hours and hours on the phone arguing an hour long call feels like minutes to her The internet gobbles up time like nobody s business A recent survey by sky Broadband suggested that 1 in 4 of us spend more time online than asleep and that over half of us suffer e anxiety if we re unable to check emails or Facewhatever every 10 minutes My main New Year s resolution is regardless of how fast or slow it goes to enjoy every minute I can and to not stress and worry Like so many people I feel utterly ruled by TIME and as 2013 is the Belgian year of change I intend to rebel a bit just to see if the world will actually end I wish weight was as easy to lose as time I seem to be drawn to weight especially at Christmas it just can t get enough of me and frequently hangs around for months on end and always uninvited I have just taken delivery of two skipping ropes which Muddy ordered online yesterday I ll be honest I m not keen but

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    of a 1200 strong audience after just 6 rehearsals together They will be playing a mixture of more traditional style charts by the likes of Count Basie and Thad Jones and more contemporary challenges by the likes of Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler they ll also be tackling reams of new arrangements written especially for them to accompany the likes of American jazz sensation Gregory Porter X Factor pop star Olly Murs and er me No pressure then If I said I wasn t all kinds of nervous I d be lying through my teeth but I take comfort in the fact that I know each and every one of them will be doing their very best plus the fact they have consistently sounded amazing throughout the rehearsal process means we re set for a fantastic evening Each lucky member of the band had to audition in front of myself musical director Grant Windsor and Alison Shaw from the BBC On reflection I wondered if asking them to audition in isolation to be part of something that is predominantly a massive team building exercise was a bit harsh but now I m hoping that the courage that got them through that audition will hold them in great stead for tonight s performance Of course it will all be over by the time you read this I knew this project would be good fun but I had no idea how emotionally attached I would become to the talented musicians who ve worked so hard to sound so fab We ve had the privilege to watch them grow together musically make new friendships and help each other create tonight s wonderful concert proceeds of which will go to Children in Need If you re reading this thinking it sounds great I wish I

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    was dog tired but couldn t keep the smile of my face My sentiments entirely Roll on Tuesday when we perform our first concert at Leeds Town Hall now completely and utterly sold out But don t worry you can hear the concert on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 2 No pressure then So after a good night s sleep I greeted Monday with great excitement as finally the bread man cometh Tom is a master bread maker born in Suffolk he also happens to be our drummer Benny s brother but get this Tom s girlfriend Andrea was born about 5 miles away from where I was brought up and her 89 year old Uncle Dennis lives in the same apartment block as mum as he says We re practically related Muddy Ben and I have been seriously looking forward to having a bread making lesson with the master of all things dough Amidst huge Tupperware containers of various flours and starters and a big sack of flour we learnt about gluten strands and yeast cultures Tom also touched on a bit of the science of bread making his mantra is Don t be a slave to your bread Then it was down to business I naively assumed we would collectively be making one or two loaves I was wrong Benny was on bloomers Muddy on soda bread whilst I handled the ciabatta It was such good fun we laughed a lot as we learned Whilst the dough was proving and in between folds we had dinner by this time Andrea had joined us she works very hard keeping our rivers clean and is currently helping eels overcome tricky obstacles Curiously the badgers rocked up for a spot of dinner too we were inside eating boeuf bourguignon and

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    was clearly had by all After an evening away I heard a shout from the purple sitting room now cream My vincas you little I did hear more but for your sake I ll pretend I didn t The vincas had nothing on the cyclamen which we found gaily strewn over the patio The situation looked worse than it was The badgers I say badgers I have no proof it was them although we think they may be in cahoots with the local cats aren t interested in the plants they just uproot them to get at the worms And although they don t pay us for the privilege they reward us with nightly gifts of chewed up plastic containers footballs tubs of cream double and single assorted sticks bags of mouldy potatoes and last night a huge piece of ceramic planter thankfully not ours What I know about the spread of bovine TB wouldn t fit on the back of half a postage stamp but I do hope we can find a different solution to the badger cull Our garden lay empty for quite some years and as such the entire local badger population uses it as a cut through to wherever it is they go so as dusk draws in we have a gin and tonic turn all the lights off and watch the Glastonbury Cabaret as Muddy calls it In the confines of our garden badgers are comical beautiful inquisitive creatures I appreciate farmers have different opinions but I base my comments on the behavior I see So with all the bedding plants and various perennials safely tucked back up in their respective beds we spend a good hour re weeding the exact same empty plot we weeded just a fortnight ago Both Muddy and myself appear

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    glorious community big band are pop guru Olly Murrs and jazz god Gregory Porter I ll also be warbling a few tunes too As well as gigging up and down the land I ve been cooking up a storm Earlier in the week I tried James Martin s One Pot Chicken Chasseur It was the night before big shop day so with not much in the cupboard I wasn t terribly optimistic as there didn t seem enough ingredients in the recipe to create a taste sensation how wrong I was After oiling stabbing and salting 3 baking potatoes I popped them in the oven and seasoned a bunch of chicken legs and a few breasts too as Muddy and our hero won t eat dark meat You then heat oil and heavenly butter in a big old pan and fry for five mins on each side Remove from the pan and set aside melt more lovely butter and fry a chopped onion in it till soft then add crushed garlic and a pack of chopped mushrooms Cook a bit more then add a big glass of red wine and a generous whodge of tomato puree 1 whodge 2 tbsp let it bubble for 5 mins then stir in a few sprigs of thyme We didn t have any fresh so I used dried now add chicken stock I have been storing roast chicken juices for some time now you ll find them neatly stacked labeled and dated on the meat shelf of our freezer so I used a couple of them melted in hot water to make said stock and marveled in the fact that Tuesday dinner was packed with the goodness of nearly 3 chickens Anyway shove the chicken bobbins back in the pan and cover and simmer

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    for our BBC Leeds community big band were about to start What if half of them don t turn up What if they ve changed their minds Right at the start of this project someone I know took me aside saying You re crazy I tried something similar before and it was a DISASTER get out now while you can I replied Absolutely not If I can t find a brass section in the land of brass bands then I m an idiot Of course the last part of that sentence may be true 10 30 Yorkshire College of Music and Drama All of our musicians have turned up eager and early Everyone s a bit nervous including me including Grant Windsor our musical director who is in a practice room under a mountain of music including our 4 mentors who are onboard to tutor and tighten each section within an inch of its life After a few words we get cracking I spend the morning visiting each section in their various practice rooms First off I sit in and watch Ben Castle son of legendary performer Roy Castle take the reed section through their paces All our musicians are most competent and many play regularly in local big bands orchestras and other ensembles but few have had the opportunity to work at close hand with top flight professional session musicians all of whom have worked with the biggest names in the pop rock and jazz world all of whom are experienced big band players and more importantly all of whom are wonderful people and great educators I next visit Martin Shaw tutoring the trumpet section which includes 2 or 3 stalwart brass band men I am immediately excited by the blend of sound I m hearing On to the

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    Their much loved current director John Ruddick took up the baton in 1981 and hasn t put it down since Back in the good old days between 1975 and 2005 when Radio 2 held its annual BBC National Big Band Competition MYJO waltzed off with the coveted first prize no less than 11 times There is no age limit to join MYJO but youngsters can only stay till they are 25 Many of today s great players have passed through organisations such as MYJO and NYJO the National Youth Jazz Orchestra they are a hugely important stepping stone for players wanting to make their living playing music professionally With rehearsals about to start for our very own Leeds Community Big Band I took real inspiration from John and the gang I read somewhere the secret to holding the interest of young musicians is repertoire and my goodness MYJO s repertoire is astonishingly varied and always brilliantly played This week the special guests were announced for our Big Band Concert on October 30th at Leeds Town Hall Pop sensation Olly Murrs will be joining us alongside Grammy nominated American jazz singer extraordinaire Gregory Porter So we have a couple of super talented singing guests a gathering of some of Yorkshire s finest musicians now all we need are a bunch of top class arrangements to make the whole thing sparkle Thankfully with Grant Windsor as musical director I have absolutely no worries Our concert will cover not just the hey day of Big Band Swing but also celebrate pop music throughout the ages from the 1930 s right up to current day It s all for a great cause as proceeds go to Children In Need so come along and support live music and your local community Also I heard recently

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    a BT socket and a BT phonebook on the floor We plugged all the landline phones in to keep them charged up and proceeded to run up heinous bills on our mobiles As I mentioned to BT at the time that as we work from home this connection delay of two weeks and 1 day would cost us a fortune Curiously six days before the BT engineer was due to come to the house to install a new line presumably next to the old one the phones and broadband miraculously sprang to life Six days later the engineer arrived saying he would need two or three hours to install the new line I showed him into the study and pointed at the miracle that had occurred Why have they sent me round then My thoughts entirely sonny After a quick speed test he was off I thought nothing more of it till the bill arrived 130 for the installation of new line The first day I rang to share my displeasure with the good people of BT I spoke to Ben who eventually after much going round the houses passed me on to his supervisor who after further tedious repetitions

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