British gay men, hammams and the chicken e-mail

BBC Asian Network


A Saag chicken recipe from India. For an Asian “lunch” please see also below.

BBC Two’s Great British Menu. Great British Menu on BBC Two. A video playlist of mine about food.

Asian Music. Bheegi Si Bhaag Si by Raajneeti – listen. I can’t stand it any more. And you?

Gay men in the UK. Robin McKie, science editor for the Observer, writes about the new surrogacy law in the UK that eases gay men to become legal parents.

BBC Asian Network. Maybe these other posts could be interesting for you: Mela in Glasgow and the web, bananas from Bengali, chicken and mayo, the UK, bhangra and Luxembourg, Water, Gorillaz, P!nk and Love Bollywood, Kama Sutra, sexy films and Aku.


Dave Grohl and… Foo Fighters studio plans. Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music and the Australian solo artist Sarah Blasko. Laureen Laverne is on air weekdays from 10 am to 1 pm on Freeview and Freesat 707, DAB digital radio and online. Have an excellent lunch with her or them or follow her on Twitter

– Stephen ‘Scissor Hands’ Merchant

Homosexuals and lunch. Asian Network Reports with Rozina Sini weekdays from 12:30 to 1 pm and from 6 to 6:30 pm. Have an excellent Asian lunch – or with news from an Asian point of view – with her….

Yorkshire. Racism problems and gay Asians in Yorkshire.

UK Asians ask BBC to save Asian Network. Singer Jay Sean and closure plans of this radio station.

– Tommy Sandhu and bhangra by Pudsey.

Pink. She performs I Don’t Believe You from her CD Funhouse at The Oprah Winfrey Show (video).

Bruce Cockburn and Canada. Bruce Cockburn’s guitar lesson for CBC Radio 2, a Canadian radio station. He plays country music and If I Had A Rocket Launcher.

Schedule by this channel includes also Radio 2 Drive and Tonic.

It’s the UK’s capital… Hammams in “Paul’s Travel Blog” and World Travel Market in London. Your favourite travel destination? Please see at the end of this text.

And have you seen Andrew Earnes’ list of the world’s top five train journeys for The Observer? There is a photo of the Bernina Express in Switzerland and first and second connections are the Trans-Siberian Express and the Caledonian Sleeper (in the UK, from London Euston). The shown links lead to the websites of Poezda, GW Travel, Great Rail Journeys and ScotRail, but I would ask you whether you travel by train and how much you do it.

– Queen Elizabeth II travelling from London King’s Cross –  an article by Helen Pidd and photos for The Guardian. I have known fom this article the Queen travelled to King’s Lynn and Sandringham and in the past to Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes.

Morrisey, music and a Sunday paper. Morrissey and The Observer. Would you like to vote him below?

Novels, Pinocchio and literature. Pinocchio will also be broadcasted on tv in some English-speaking country as well as in Italy. Or maybe it has already been broadcasted… And where?

Robinson Crusoe and Alice in Wonderland. I found that the producer is Power, a British corporation that has also produced Alice, Alice in Wonderland, Crusoe and A Bear Named Winnie. Flood on ITV1 last year and London… Like the Maldives – ehm, unprobably, we hope – in some years…

Pink, Dave Grohl, Bon Jovi and… What’s on in UK‘s television on Monday, November 1st? You may see Discovery Travel & Living with Virgin Media and BT Vision…If you like pop music, you may see – with Virgin Media – Pink: Greatest Hits on VH1 at 9 pm, followed by Pink: Essential an hour later. There are also Pink: 10 Biggest Hits on MTV Hits at 8 pm and the Official UK Top 40 an hour later, Dave Grohl – The Official All Time Top 40 at 8 pm on MTV Two, The Seventies at Seven at 7 pm on VH1 Classic and, after it,  The Eighties at Eight one hour later, All Time Top 10 Videos two hour later and Bon Jovi: Unplugged three hours later.

Duran Duran. In the USA there is Duran Duran Live at Wembley Arena on VH1 Classic at 4 pm (EST).

Opera, an European browser, and Mozilla, Linux and a dotcom society

Spreadthesign, the sign language dictionary. European Commission – Education & Training

Vanilla icecream, Vanilla Toffee Crunch and Chunky Monkey

Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream, Double Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit Madness, Lemon Meringue, Cappuccino and Sticky Toffee Fudge

Mango & Banana Smoothie, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, Frozen Yogurt, Cappuccino and Chocolate Icecream

Monday March 8, 2010

updated on Tuesday April 27, 2010

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Music, Morocco and British leading actors

UK’s leading actors and a protest letter addressed to voters about BBC.

Appeal to voters. In an article by Vanessa Thorpe and the Observer.

Ravi Shankar, Satie, Messiaen and Indonesia. BBC Radio3’s Late Junction, Fiona Talkington and Ravi Shankar’s Raga Lalit with Prodyot sen and Kamala on tamboura. Also on this programme Kalimantan bamboo percussion from Indonesia, Satie’s Sur un lanterne, O Sacrum Convivium Messiaen and the Awlad Hajj Al-Mahi Ensemble with Sal Al-Rakb/Enquire About The Convoy.

Shankar and the Asian Network. Ravi Shankar was also played on BBC Asian Network in Weekend Gujarati with Dev Parmar. And do you listen to 6 Music? Here there is Shankar at Live at Four on this radio station.

Music playlists. Here there are playlists of mine about the Asian Network and 6 Music.

One Republic and tv. One Republic, All The Right Moves at abc’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (video).

Morocco and Spain. Have you already been as tourists in Marrakech and Morocco? From the Netherlands? Your experience there? And Alicante, Playa Xagò or Santiago de Compostela in Spain?

Mortensen, Clooney, films… and music? Viggo Mortensen and The Road (trailer) and Up in the Air with George Clooney (trailer).

David Bowie. A page “Film Weekly” by The Observer (audio) and…. “I am a passenger” by David Bowie. Will I write about music in these films?

07.12.08 – Does music redeem? Have you seen the French film Les Choristes (The Chorus)? The website of the British newspaper The Guardian defined it “a postwar boarding school drama”. “Set in an authoritarian reform school in 1949, – the Guardian adds – the film focuses on the attempts of a dissident master to subvert the draconian regime by teaching the boys to sing, and shows the redemptive power of music on the boys”.

Draconian. I wondered what “draconian” means and then I looked up the word in my English dictionary and found these meanings – “of or relating to Draco or his code of laws” and “harsh”. Instead, Draco is described as “7th century B.C., Athenian statesman, whose code of laws (621) prescribed death for most offences”.

Film for families? Moreover, there are other opinions in that article. “It is a family feelgood movie – the journalist Amelia Gentleman writes – with a saccharine gloss which has chimed with a new French nostalgia for the postwar era. Due for release in Britain in January, it is being promoted as an export to rival the international success of Amélie in 2002”.

Well, that is what this quality newspaper writes, but first of all I would ask you whether it is really a family feelgood movie. Maybe it is partially, at least according to me, but I do not think it is that way a lot. After all and as an add to this opinion of mine, I do not think it has a saccharine gloss and the reference to Amélie is really very fascinating with hindsight because both movies are two very nice French films (but why ever is there no reference to Chocolat?).
Fashionable singing? Eventually I read about a particular in the article I did not know – that is “Les Choristes is a remake of the 1945 French hit La Cage aux Rossignols (The Cage of Nightingales)” – and, moreover, we can read an opinion of the director Christophe Barratier about the plot too. “This isn’t – he says – a particularly fashionable subject”. I do not know what are your opinions about it, but personally I think that he may be right. Maybe he really is or more probably he is not… Who knows but you…

Train. Five night in Provence and travel from the UK – London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet International – by train from 399 pounds. The supplier is Travel Editions and the itinerary includes Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon, Uzes, Pont du Garde, Orange, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Arles, Baux-de-Provence and the Camargue. The accomodation happens at the Bristol Hotel in Avignon and at the Avignon Grand Hotel.

Paintings. A real travel and two nights for an exhibition in Paris from 175 pounds. You would travel by train to see works by Turner, Canaletto, Titian and Rembrandt at the Grand Palais. The supplier is VFB Holidays.

Opera, an European browser, and Mozilla, Linux and Apple

Spreadthesign, the sign language dictionary. European Commission – Education & Training

Vanilla icecream, Vanilla Toffee Crunch and Chunky Monkey

Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream, Double Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit Madness, Lemon Meringue, Cappuccino and Sticky Toffee Fudge

Mango & Banana Smoothie, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, Frozen Yogurt, Cappuccino and Chocolate Icecream

Sunday December 7, 2008

updated on Tuesday April 27, 2010


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