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    two doors down with my heart in my boots I tell myself again and again that my fear of going to the dentist is totally irrational but where else does someone ask you where you re going on holiday whilst jabbing a needle deep into your gum Actually our dentist in Bath is delightful he was born in Keighley so of course he s lovely he takes pleasure in the fact I m terrified and by making fun of my fear we both end up laughing and the visit ends up being no where near as bad as think it will be Of course seeing the dentist is a walk in the park compared to the hygienist For a short time they employed a woman who was Beelzebub incarnate both Muddy and I left our respective appointments convinced our teeth were on the verge of falling out and it was all our fault because we were miserable failures toothbrush wise The current hygienist is very nice for someone who chooses to make a living scraping unpleasant substances from teeth and poking your gums till they bleed She s like a primary school teacher in fact after my last session I got a very well done and a big gold star Of course I appreciate if we didn t have dentists and hygienists we d be in a very sorry state but despite doing my best to put into action the things they tell me to do daily flossing electric toothbrush yada yada I only have to look at a boiled sweet to need a filling Which is what happened just after Xmas so here I am Now I m suddenly remembering what I had for dinner last night As kale is back in fashion we ve been eating it like

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    just SO BORING I m sitting on a train nibbling carrot sticks trying to make the bag last till I get off in Bath but then when I get on the next train I ve a whole apple to look forward to whoopee Until two weeks ago I d found comfort and solace in the small mixed seed pots sold at my local supermarket I discovered if I ate one seed at a time I could get through 2 episodes of Mad Men without thinking of biscuits Each pot contains 108 calories Or so I thought till I happened to be shopping in a different supermarket When I picked up one of their similar mixed seed pots I was horrified to see it contained 5 times more calories granted it was a slightly bigger pot but still I plonked them back on the shelf in a Hmph I m not buying these seeds when I can get the low calorie ones at the other place type manner As the day progressed and cogs in my little brain slowly clanked about I thought hang on They were the same seeds just in different pots When I got home I picked up my supposedly low calorie pot in massive writing across the top it says 108 calories Once I peeled the transparent wrapper off the pot and looked closely I could just about see in small black writing a typical 25g serving contains On a back drop of seeds and fruit this is virtually impossible to read On the bottom it states a weight of 60g so I had been eating more than twice the calories I thought I had and fair enough once a flood it doesn t matter but when you re counting calories it all adds up If I

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    pulled up outside the West Mendip Community Hospital a small but impressive modern building at midday The waiting area was just across from the tiny canteen I thought it was a bit harsh all these people waiting for surgery who had been fasting since the night before having to endure all the lovely food smells wafting across the way Mud grabbed my arm See him over there I m sure that s the surgeon who s doing my op look he s having a massive roast dinner he s going to be sleepy after eating all that actually he looks quite tired already I left Mud at 12 45 and asked what time I should be back to pick her up I was surprised when the nurse said 2 15 I dashed home to have a bite to eat as I d been fasting too out of solidarity and got back for 2pm I was just queuing for a cup of tea when they called my name Is she awake Oh yes wide awake and very perky The last time Mud had an op she rang my manager Doris whilst still on her anesthetic cloud to say she was staying in a marvelous hotel and to not forget to send posters to Hull The staff were wonderful but I had to laugh when they produced a hideous black sandal to go over Mud s massive heavily bandaged left foot The look on her face was a picture I told her it looked like it was supposed to go on the right foot Apparently one size fits all We waited for her blood pressure to come up a bit although as I pointed out I would be driving her home so it would most likely be normal if not high by

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    the studio I offered him a brew to which he answered I don t suppose there s any chance of a biscuit is there a man after my own heart and any nerves I might have had about interviewing this pillar of the British popular music scene disappeared although I was relieved we had good biscuits that week Chris a very sprightly 84 talked about the scarcity of jazz records during his youth he had no interest in most of what the BBC piped out of his wireless so hunted down every hot disc he could In the early 50 s he formed Ken Colyer s Jazzmen with clarinetist Monty Sunshine In 1954 Pat Halcox took over from Colyer on trumpet and outfit became The Chris Barber Band Their version of Sidney Bechet s Petite Fleur spent 24 weeks in the UK singles charts selling over one million copies Banjo player and vocalist Lonnie Donegan was a member of the band and his appearances with Chris of songs such as Rock Island Line triggered the skiffle movement of the mid 50 s Otilie Patterson a great addition to the band married to Barber for many years was a terrific blues singer A true music lover in particular the blues he s helped along many musicians and inspired such luminaries as Eric Clapton Ray Davies and Peter Green He was responsible for organizing the first tours of American artists like Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters in the late 50 s Read Chris autobiography Jazz Me Blues it goes 100mph and is full of anecdotes Whilst we were talking Chris mentioned a book that he d found discarded at the American Eighth Air Force Base in Bassingbourn as a boy Written by stalwart of the 1920 s Chicago Jazz scene Mezz

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    15 Like I say the people involved looked so rudely well we thought we d have a go at a three day detox taster course Luckily we still have a juicer left over from our last Jason Vale juice master craze so I blew the dust off it whilst Muddy went shopping The idea had been to go first thing but we had loads to do Once unpacked I could barely see her over the huge bags of kale spinach and parsley 18 cucumbers 12 peppers 42 carrots basically a small mountain of fruit and vegetables Having missed the breakfast and midmorning juices we dived straight into the gazpacho lunch pulp 4 plum tomatoes 1 cucumber 2 celery stalks 1 red pepper 2 cups of Parsley and 1 lime produces about 1 ½ pints each of surprising tasty yet earthy liquor Next is the afternoon snack juice of kale spinach cucumber and clementines followed by pre dinner juice of sweet potato carrot red pepper beetroot apples and orange then a meal of only fruit and vegetables pretty much what we ve been drinking all day but in chunky form Muddy reckons she spent about 80 on ingredients which admittedly is a lot of dosh roughly 13 33 each per day but then I think of what I ve consumed and quaffed over Christmas the weight gain incurred etc I d love to feel fitter and have more energy so we ll give it a go I ll tell you how we got on next week In the meantime I ve kale and clementines to pulverise 11 Dec Farewell to Grant This was our 4th visit to Brighton but whereas usually we drive there park at the venue eat sing and drive home this trip was purely social We were attending a one year old s birthday party the yearling in question is actually an independent supermarket called hiSbe The brain child of sisters Ruth and Amy Anslow hiSbe stands for How it SHOULD be They sell a large range of fresh food and groceries all the stuff you need for a weekly shop but wherever possible the goods come from local suppliers and all concerned want to produce healthy sustainable products and at a price that everyone can afford Before you all rush out the door there s only one branch at the moment and that s in Brighton but the Anslows of hiSbe have big ideas so remember the name Muddy is in serious cleaning and decoration mode anything standing still is either polished or sprayed silver or sometimes both Alan the dog and I are making an effort to keep moving This week we start our annual Christmas tour The Festive Fiesta First stop of the sleigh London then Exeter Maidstone Birmingham Bristol then we head north for the remaining two shows A few weeks ago we threw down the gauntlet to the talented folk of Yorkshire and surrounding areas to apply to take part in our Massive

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    absolute horror a MASSIVE scratch across the rear passenger door about a foot long and half a foot wide We only got the car a few months back and it was pretty much new It replaced a older model that I d accidentally wrapped around a pillar in an underground car park Muddy does most of the driving for a reason but to my defence this new car has sensors everywhere to limit the occurrence of future pillar wrappings At least I knew this incident genuinely wasn t my fault not that that made me feel any better I d spent a lovely couple of days up in Yorkshire with mum so whilst queuing to pay I wracked my brains where had I left the car in order for it to be hit It can t have happened at mum s place everyone s much too nice Could it have happened at Boundry Mill We spent a good few hours in there incidentally it just me or since Boundry Mill came to Colne has everyone in the immediate area started dressing the same There s definitely a Boundry look going on Did it happen in the car park of the well known German global discount supermarket chain based in Neckarsulm Germany with over 1000 branches across Europe including Colne Or did it happen when I first pulled into the services to use the facilities and buy a sandwich The thing is it doesn t really matter where it happened it s the fact that whoever did it didn t leave a note I had plenty of time to stew over the series of events as the usual 4 hour trip took an additional 3 hours thanks to road works A chap named Richard has had a look and reckons it

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    his radio producer Anthony Cherry played my records from the start thereby encouraging other people to buy them and so the word spread He then invited me to sing on his TV show twice and that as you can appreciate really made a difference I along with so many singers will be eternally grateful for his support and encouragement He was in fabulous form and as busy as ever After coffee we presented him as a token of our appreciation with a bag of sweets or spice as my parents always called them not just any spice mind but a bag of Yorkshire Mixtures Being rather partial to a boiled sweet Sir P was most cheered but I was amazed when Michael said he d never tasted one before Perhaps we were dining with an imposter but no apparently these nuggets of pure joy never caught on in Barnsley and surrounding areas you may beg to differ of course To say Yorkshire Mixtures played an important role in my formative years is probably an overstatement although from a waistline perspective possibly not My beloved nan dad s mum would usually have a jar of them knocking about they seemed to last forever I hadn t thought about them for years and years till Diana Mud s mum found them in a well known northern supermarket since then I think about them quite often Yorkshire Mixtures for those unfortunate enough not to know comprise up to 18 differing types of boiled confectionary different sizes colours and flavours including one shaped like a fish literally something for everyone The story goes that Thomas John Dobson son of Joseph one day slipped whilst carrying a batch of sweets down the stairs the vision of the jumbled mass before his eyes became the inspiration

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    seldom gets the recognition he or she deserves We all have a favourite Frank Sinatra song but it isn t just his voice that makes the record instantly recognizable great arrangers have an incredible ability to build the perfect framework around a singer which enhances the quality of the song and gives the singer enough room to do whatever they want whilst always feeling supported and in the case of writers like Nelson Riddle and Billy May manage at the same time to make sure their sound is immediately identifiable to those who care to know Take a track like Frank s version of the Cole Porter song I ve Got You Under My Skin A very well known number in it s own right before Frank ever sang it yet from the second you hear Nelson Riddle s intro a hugely catchy lolloping riff on bass clarinet and baritone sax you know you re listening to the definitive version Cole Porter Frank Sinatra Nelson Riddle Perfection Let s not forget the musicians who played the music put in front of them on that Songs For Swingin Lovers session January 12 th 1956 who lifted it clean off the page transforming it into a joyous expression of sound Again the skill of the arranger is to make the musicians sound amazing too There s an awesome trombone solo in the middle of I ve Got You Under My Skin played by Milt Bernhart made all the more amazing by the bubbling intense set up Nelson creates it s like a lit fuse fizzing and building so that when Milt finally enters it s akin to an explosion Like footballers back in the day who are puzzled by the fame and success heaped on today s players Nelson whilst much respected

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