My review of the week. Here’s some of the things I’ve been in to (and this time it seems to be a bumper edition):
A TV series: Storyville on BBC4 is a series of one-off documentaries from around the world. The latest series has been running for some time but I caught up with it with the latest one about the British spy – now living in Russia – George Blake. Well put together and researched and often about people or places you know little about they’re worth watching as an insight in to what else is happening out there.
A pub: Last Sunday I went for a walk from my flat up through the Ponderosa and Weston Park and then back home again via the Red Deer pub on Pitt Street, a back street near to West Street. Rather than a real ale pub, it has more of a feel of a traditional back street boozer with a varied clientele, although it does do a number of ever changing real ales alongside more mainstream offerings, as well as some nice looking pub food.
A song: I’ve actually included this in a This Week before, but for some reason it came to mind again this week and it really is a excellent song. It’s Anthem from the musical Chess and I am still convinced that the original version by Tommy Körberg is the best. I think as the person who sang it originally rather than just being an singer doing a performance he perhaps gets the meaning and emotions behind the song more than others do.
A snack: This is another thought that’s come from my walk last Sunday, and it’s a bit of praise for Yorkshire Crisps. Crisps are perhaps one of the more unlikely foods to be given a bit of gentrifcation over recent years with all sorts of posh brands of crisps coming out. Yorkshire Crisps are my favourites of these. Not just because they’re made just outside Sheffield and so are quite common in pubs and shops round here (and although less generally available, you can get them in London) but they have some amazing flavours. My personal favourites are Henderson’s Relish flavour and Sweet Chilli & Lime flavour.
A TV series: A slightly odd pick this one as it’s a ten year old series and I accept a very odd thing to be watching as a repeat, but it’s the first series of The Apprentice. I stumbled on an episode on YouTube a while ago and occasionally watched them since when wanting some comfort viewing, but this tenth episode from the first series really shows to me how the series has changed with Nick and Margaret taking a more background role, more detail of the skills of the apprentices and planning of the task and more discussion in the boardroom (although on this one I thought the one who was fired was unfair). It’s probably more about the editing rather than the actual way it’s done and the participants didn’t know in the first series that they’d become TV stars whilst it’s broadcast. I also love the moment in this when Saira and Paul are cracking up over the design of the jacket.
An article (and a test): When I found a test on the BBC website that was supposed to decide where you should live based on your personality, it got everyone I work with intrigued. Although based on a study by Cambridge University I have serious doubts as to the validity of the test but it’s quite fun nonetheless. For the record, I got Craven as the place I should live, Corby as the place I shouldn’t, and Derbyshire Dales as the place near me that I should live in, but I got below 50% on all of them anyway and so I suppose the message from that is that I’m difficult to please.
A song: I’ve been listening to Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne quite a bit this week after being reminded of it thanks to the instrumental version being used in those Marks & Spencer adverts that make me want to rush out and buy lots of gorgeous looking (but expensive) luxury food from them. Upbeat, dancey and the strings make it stand out from your run of the mill dance record. There’s also another good live version from Dutch radio apart from the full one below in which Clean Bandit perform it without Jess Glynne which I think is as strong (or perhaps stronger?)