Hello! I hope this finds you all well? Tracey and I want to thank you for the many kind 30th Anniversary wishes.
Whether you’re a rugby fan or not, you cannot have failed to notice that the IRB Rugby World Cup has rolled into town. Although I’ve never played the game myself, I became a convert many years ago watching my son play and once I learnt the rules, I realised what a great game it is both on and off the pitch. Of course it’s not without it’s dangers and it’s a very tough sport.
The comradery and sense of belonging is unrivaled in my sporting experience and I say that as a lifelong footy fan. It’s funny because I now prefer to watch cricket and rugby, as my love affair with football has waned as the years go by. This is for a whole host of reasons, allegations of bribery and corruption at the top doesn’t help! But that hasn’t completely stopped my enjoyment of the beautiful game as there are millions around the world who play for the sheer love of competing.
Back to the rugby, I hope all the home nations do well on home soil, it can do so much to lift the spirit of us all. As I write England have just lost a brilliant match to Wales and made next Saturday’s match against Australia a must win event. I was obviously gutted by the last few minutes of that game and left in disappointed shock at the end – but I also want to put in writing how proud I would have been to be Welsh that evening, what a brave comeback and in England’s back yard! “Bechgyn yn gwneud yn dda!” I do hope I’ve spelt that right?!
I tried in vain on several occasions to buy RWC tickets for England’s matches and in the end decided it just wasn’t to be. Then 5-days before the opening game, I thought I’d log in and to my surprise and great joy there were 2 tickets sitting in my basket! So my son Jack and I went to the opening game not realising that it also included the wonderful opening ceremony.
It was a special moment for me standing there with Jack as we watched England win the 2003 World Cup and survived a few Rugby Tours together! He’s always quick to remind me that I threw him up in the air and he banged his head on the ceiling as Jonny’s drop goal sailed over – I wouldn’t be able to do that now!
Whilst queuing for food before the match, I saw Andi Peters with none other than the much-loved duo of Ant and Dec ! We knew each other were going, but we didn’t dream we would bump into each other with 80,000 others also going!
Talking of Andi – I’m pleased to announce that we are back together with Andi’s Food Fest on Monday the 12th of October at 7pm. This our third-series together and I know we have some brilliant fare to offer during the run of 8 Shows. I hope you can join in the fun and I’ll be able to give you more details of the first show soon.
I don’t know if you saw another Kitchen show I did at the start of the month with Brett from The Real Pie Co? It’s become something of a cause celebres.
I won’t go into full details but Brett made a statement that left both of us and the whole crew crying with laughter – for minutes! We just couldn’t pull it back and we were left stranded in vision for the whole episode. It’s a bit like the laughing policeman. I believe that QVC edited out Brett’s comment, but left the customers wondering just what he had said – I watched it back and found myself crying again (in a good way).
I hope you find it as amusing as I did, if not all I can say is “you just had to be there!” Perhaps you were?!
I’ll be on Lunchtime Show duty again this week and Jackie and I’ll be presenting the last show of the current series on Wednesday – hope you can join us at 12:55pm?!
Till next time stay safe!