Walking With My Ipod

Jan Leeming

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Date: 7th June 2009

Undertaking my constitutional  has become much more enjoyable now that I've discovered my Ipod.  I used to think it would be stupid a woman of my age walking along with two little things in my ears.  However, I really don't care what I look like, my walks now are so much more enjoyable.

BUT - the walks are spoiled to a great extent by all the detritus left on the Pebbly Beach.  As soon as we enjoy a few sunny days, so the rubbish piles up.  I simply do not understand the selfishness and thoughtlessness of those who take their Picnics and Barbecues to the Beach - eat their meals - and then leave behind the empty containers, plastic bottles, cartons etc. and so forth.  They carried the stuff to the beach so why can't they take the 'empties' home with them - the weight is considerably less as they've consumed the food and drink.  Last Monday, I even saw a couple of plastic bags, full of rubbish, weighed down with Pebbles.  Do they think the Refuse Fairy is going to come and take it away?  You can't walk three feet without seeing a carton, a plastic bottle, a discarded portable BarBQ tinfoil tray etc. and so forth.

Sorry to sound like an Old Fashioned Whinger, but my generation were taught Respect for Authority and Others and that included thinking about the welfare and enjoyment of others as well - which includes not playing your music too loudly, not fouling the pavements and beaches to destroy the enjoyment of others.  We wouldn't have dreamed of discarding rubbish in the streets or on a beach.  At school we were forbidden to eat whilst in the street - it was Detention if you were caught munching a sweet.  The only time I was allowed to eat in the open air was to have an ice-cream if we had a Day outing to the Seaside.  I was in London a few weeks ago and couldn't believe what a nation of 'Grazers' we've become.  People in smart office clothes were 'munching and drinking' as they walked along the pavements.  No wonder we've got such an Obesity problem when people constantly graze like Cattle.  Your stomach needs time to rest and digest in between meals.  The stomach is like a balloon - the more you fill it, the more you want.

Alright - I'll climb down off my Hobbyhorse!

But Back to Food!!!!!!!!

The new series of Celebrity Masterchef commences on BBC 1 at 8.00 pm this Wednesday - 10th June.  It's gratifying to see the series mentioned in so many periodicals. In most they've used a picture of me - not a good one I'm afraid. Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy the programme more than I did appearing on it - only kidding - it was nervewracking but a challenge and all in all I did enjoy the experience, especially cooking in the Professional Kitchen at Pearl Restaurant.  The Restaurant in part of an hotel created from the old Pearl Assurance Building.  And Wow - what a building it is - marble everywhere, real woodwork - a stunning piece of architecture.  The restaurant is lovely and I hope one day to go back there and have a meal - it's a special occasion sort of place.

I've also been asked to talk about Masterchef on the BBC Breakfast Programme - don't think I've ever been invited onto it before so that should be fun - except for the early start.

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