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Like last week, the real treat of this show was watching Heston’s creative process. Just how do you create ‘four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie’? Well, for a start, you can’t. Blackbirds are protected. So Heston went for pigeon, another much chomped bird of yore. Okay, pigeon replaced blackbird, what’s so creative about that? Well, Heston didn’t merely make pies… but made a 4ft wide centrepiece pie which, when opened, released the birds. One of which shat on one of the guest’s head. Brilliant.

Of course, that’s small fry for Heston. The real amazement came with dessert. The guests were faced with a pudding sitting of edible candles, cutlery and even napkins! The only problem with that was this seemed to be discovered when someone tried wiping some food off their face and, well, made more of a mess.

Again though, the main drawback of the show was the guests. Apart from Germaine Greer and That One Out Of Atomic Kitten Who Won Celebrity Masterchef, they were all a bit wet. Germaine gleefully chomped on a bull’s bollock and Atomic Kitten Girl happily ate a spine. Craig Revel Horwood was so mardy that anything remotely weird completely switched him off…. “OOoooooooOOOOh! I liked it until I found that out!” and the like. Pointless idiot.

Still, if you can sidestep all the guffawing of the assembled fools around the table, you’ve got a really interesting show here that’s actually a whole heap of fun to watch. Heston’s an engaging bloke in a kinda nerdy way and what he creates is always a million times more interesting than any other cookery show… shame we’ll never get the chance to try it all out.

Following the events of “This Place is Death“, a time jump briefly brings the remaining group of survivors — James “Sawyer” Ford (Josh Holloway), Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), Miles Straume (Ken Leung), Daniel Faraday (Jeremy Davies) and Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) — to a time when there is an ancient statue standing on the island (the remnants of which are seen in “Live Together, Die Alone“). They are only able to see the back of it before John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) turns the wheel, bringing the survivors forward to 1974, at the peak of the Dharma Initiative‘s presence on the island. Now that John has pushed the wheel, the time jumps have stopped and they are stuck in the past. The group comes across a pair of Dharma Initiative members who have been captured by some of the island’s native inhabitants, known as the Others. Juliet and Sawyer kill the two Others and free Amy (Reiko Aylesworth), but her husband has been killed. The group returns to the Barracks, where Amy resides; however, she tricks them into walking through the sonic fence which surrounds the Barracks, knocking them unconscious.

Sawyer wakes up and is confronted by Horace Goodspeed (Doug Hutchison), the leader of the Dharma Initiative on the island. Sawyer tells him that his name is James LaFleur and that he and the other survivors were part of a shipwreck on the island, and that they are still looking for other members of their crew. Horace informs him that they will have to leave the next day on the submarine because they are not “Dharma material”. Meanwhile, Daniel sees a young girl he believes to be Charlotte Lewis (Rebecca Mader), but decides not to say anything to her. That night, the spokesman of the Others, Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell), enters the Barracks to determine why his treaty with Dharma was broken. Sawyer convinces Alpert not to attack Dharma, because he is the one who killed the Others. Alpert is further convinced when Sawyer shares knowledge of the events that transpired in 1954 in the episode “Jughead“. Because Sawyer has successfully defused the situation, Horace allows the group to stay and look for the other crew members of their ship, when in reality they are waiting for Locke to return with the survivors who left the island.

Three years later, the survivors have joined Dharma and are living in the Barracks. Sawyer is the well respected head of security, while Jin continues to search for those who left the island. Amy is pregnant with Horace’s baby and due to give birth in two weeks. Following an argument between them, Horace gets drunk and Amy goes into early labor; Juliet successfully delivers the baby. Horace believes that Amy is not yet over her deceased husband, however Sawyer reassures him by stating that three years is enough time to get over someone, referring to his relationship with Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly). Sawyer returns to his home, where he lives with Juliet, with whom he is in love. The next morning, he receives a call from Jin, who has found Kate, Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), and Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) in the jungle (as seen in “316“). Sawyer secretly meets them far from the barracks, where they are reunited.

Episode 6

The first task in this weeks episode was flirting with Callum Best… all the wannabees were dog awful at this for some mildly attractive girls (one or two really good looking girls) you would of expected better but this is just TV gold cringing TV at its very best!!! Carrie was the winner and her prize was to pick her own piece of jewellery from an expensive jewellers she picked a 5K ring!

 

The entertainment for the night was a game for the wannabees were they pulled out a sass with something written on it (i.e. Most Trust Worthy or Prettiest) but there was a few nasty ones thrown in to make it interesting!! And Emma gave a bad one to Kat and then Kat gave a bad on to Emma kicking off a MASSIVE argument with everyone falling out with Kat.

The next day Emma became Paris’ pet.

 

The second task in this episode was a photo shoot they were put into groups of two, Flic and Sam, Meddy and Carrie and Kat and Chrissie this was pretty funny coz Kat was looking for revenge on Emma and Meddy and Carrie’s idea was utter rubbish but just great TV! Flic and Sam’s idea was pretty good and for there hard work they won the photo shoot task. Discussion time and this week it was Meddy and Kat. Kat defended her actions for the trouble with Emma and Paris said she couldn’t vote off someone for problems with other housemates as it wasn’t directly with Paris (Fair comment tbh!) Meddy was eliminated as she has had enough chances to impress Paris and hasn’t done this, even though after the trouble between Kat and Emma (and all the wannabees voted for Kat to be up for discussion) Meddy was told TTYN!

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**Need to be removed, i posted wrong date (sould be 09/03/09) 24 blog ihas been reposted with correct date, sorry about this!**

The first hour dealt with Jack getting into the White House to run down the Burnett lead as to the next terrorist attack and Renee working the same goal by pursuing the Dubaku assassin angle.  Dubaku is dispatched old school Cold War spy-style and his killer just calmly walks in and out of the hospital.  Renee doesn’t buy the heart attack line and succeeds in tracking Dubaku’s killer, who is one of Juma’s men named Udo (Lovensky Jean-Baptiste).  She trails him to the staging area somewhere in D.C. and even to their boat which leaves shore to their destination.

Back at the FBI, this time Janis hacked Chloe’s stuff and got word on what Jack was planning.  Moss detained her as a result.  Hopefully that won’t be the end for her for the season.  What we really need is some Chloe / Janis dual hack action to stop the bad guys. 

Jack gets to the White House with Tony and tells him that what he has to do, he has to do alone, even without Bill: “I’m driving off a cliff here.  I don’t need to put him in the pasenger seat.”  He gets in and subdues Bill, telling him about Burnett and his plan to get the info by whatever means necessary.  With Bill out of the way, Jack gets to Burnett and gives him the tazer gun treatment.  Burnett is about ready to fold until the President, who was meeting with Mayer about pardoning Jack, gets wind of Jack’s actions and her people blow the door in, stop him and arrest him.  Jack was determined to get the info, even ignoring Taylor’s order to stop.  This of course solidifies Mayer’s position that Bauer is a renegade and a dangerous loose cannon.  Jack never ceases to amaze me with how many different ways he knows how to get info out of someone and how good he is at it.

Burnett turns out to be a shifty but determined little bastard and doesn’t give up anything on Juma, even when the President offers him a full pardon.  There’s some good stuff between Jack and Mayer about how determined Jack is to protect the country no matter the cost and how the weak-willed Senator isn’t.  Also some good stuff later on between Jack and Bill when Jack implores Bill to finish what Jack started on Burnett, but Bill tells him he can’t.  By the time Juma and his men gain access to the White House, it’s a moot point and all hell quietly breaks loose.  Turns out Juma’s also got a man on the inside, who cuts off the alarm sensors allowing Juma and his men to gain access from the sewers below.  As this is going on, Renee is running for her life from Dubaku’s son, who was left behind and discovered her as she discovered the target of the attack.  She’s eventually saved by Moss.

The second episode is about the struggle inside the White House between Jack, Bill and the Secret Service and Juma’s men.  Jack is released by Bill in order to help and manages to get the President to a safe room before Juma can get to her.  But Juma and his men have control of the building and take hostages.  We get some good Agent Aaron Pierce action as he safeguards the President’s daughter, Olivia in the locked down White House.  There’s also some decent close-quarter firefighting action and the inevitable standoff when Juma wants the President and threatens to kill her daughter.

Meanwhile, outside the White House, Moss and Renee are stymied by Vice President Mitchell Hayworth, who’s more interested in not making a costly political decision than saving the President, whom they don’t know is even safe or not.  During Juma’s siege of the White house, he has a techie who seems to know all of the Secret Service procedures, including the President’s tracking device, and how to hack the keycard for the safe room door.  We learn that Juma was given inside help by someone named Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight).  The hour ends with Juma getting his hands on the President and planning to have her make “the last statement she will ever make.”

The whole two episodes were absolutly brill, it was good for showing the lengths to which Jack will go to safeguard the nation and protect innocent lives, as well as Mayer’s witch hunt for Jack and Bill’s limits to what he will do. Quite simply, he’s a good man, but he’s not Jack.  Renee’s B-story also was good, and she’s showing that more than a little of Jack has rubbed off on her as she gets the intel into the attack.  It was no big surprise that Dubaku got was killed off and that Juma has now taken over things but Jon Voight fills this role and it remains to be seen who and what his role is in the whole thing.

Epiosde 2

FM, Episode 2…

This episode is centrally around Lindsay trying to get a girlfriend and the problems he faces doing that, at the start of the show Dom hasn’t turned up, as he had got drunk the night before and ended up on a tour bus not too much of a problem but as he stumbled off the bus he finds himself on a boat and get to the studio after ten minutes late. So after the show Jane puts it to him that he needs to stop drinking so a packed is made and Dom will give up drinking and Jane will give up smoking…

So Dom goes to a AA meeting and for support Lindsay goes with him, meanwhile Lindsay gets chatting to a lady who is also there to support her sister, Lindsay try’s to hit on her with drastic consequence’s, Dom is bored through out the AA meeting till he get a turn to talk about his problem but he is recognised by another member of the group and the starts telling anecdotes of his wild times while drinking and gets a good response from the group.

Once they are back at the studio the Wombats are there as they are on their show a guests (this episode also features a performance by The Wombats) Lindsay is attracted to The Wombats manager and then concocts a plan to make her his new girlfriend, but his plan is based around making up a fictional girlfriend (the theory being she will be attracted to him if he is in a relationship)

The lack of nicotine increasingly becoming more of a problem Jane gets some nicotine patches goes into the ladies toilet to put one on, Dom sees her with what he thinks is cigarettes and takes a fire extinguisher and kick the door of the toilets and sprays the extinguisher over what turns out to be another member of the staff, Jane comes out of another cubicle and show him that they are patch not cigarettes.

With the gang back on air in a matter of minutes, Lindsay is ready to be split up from his fictional girlfriend and asks the receptionist to call him and break up with him, they are on air and the station gets a call from his fictional girlfriend she is put live on air and she breaks up with him making him look very bad, and after the show he then makes his move on The Wombats manager… It doesn’t go down too well and Lindsay is left alone once again.

Another good episode much better than the first, which is to be expected, let’s hope, it stays that way…

Catch FM episode 3 next week iTV2 Wednesday 10.30!

“My name is Heston Blumenthal and I run one of the best restaurants in the world,” said Heston, as he introduced his new series on Channel 4 last night. From the very beginning, he made no bones about the fact that this was for culinary voyeurs, not your usual participants of cooking shows. “I’m on a food adventure in the extreme,” he promised. “So throw away your cookbooks and please don’t try this at home!”

Heston’s Victorian Feast, the first of a four-part series, which had been modelled on the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Lewis Carroll’s “drink me” potion, which Alice discovers tastes of toffee, hot, buttered toast, custard, cherry tart and turkey, might have been invented to goad Blumenthal into action. Having created a pink gel infused with each flavour, Blumenthal had to commission a special piece of glassware.

The pièce de résistance was an edible Victorian kitchen garden, in which even the gravel (smoked eel, tapioca and waffle crumbs) and the topsoil (dried black olives, crushed grape nuts and chopped pumpkin seeds) could be shovelled up in a spoon. Dotted between the new potato pebbles, Blumenthal had crickets and mealworms, deep fried and then injected with a tomato-flavoured paste for a real squish as you bite into them.

Blumenthal finished with a special tribute to Victorian depravity, an absinthe-flavoured jelly preceded into the room by a giant, wobbling, green cone with vibrating dildos pressed into its base. Great fun watching Heston work and he is back next week to have our mouth’s watering and watching the sheer brilliance of this true master chef work!

Jack and Renee are still following Marika, who is their last possible lead to Dubaku. But Dubaku’s people found out she’s working with the Feds, which puts her life into danger.

Meanwhile, Hillinger, now revealed as being the FBI mole, is working to prevent Jack and Renee from capturing Dubaku for fear that Dubaku will give up everybody on his list. President Taylor confronts her estranged daughter and yet another FBI mole is revealed.

 

Last week’s episode I wondered about the importance of Hillinger’s romance with Erika, the FBI techie. Turns out there’s much more to it than was initially revealed, and it has to do with Hillinger’s trying to keep Jack and Renee from capturing Dubaku. Meanwhile Dubaku, aka “the big softie” instead of than just putting a bullet in her head when he found out she’s betrayed him, he still wants her to go with him. She agrees to still go with him and they get into a car and head for Dubaku’s plane. Jack and Renee have been stopped by D.C. Police thanks to Hillinger’s fake arrest warrant, and it takes some doing by Moss to get them released. Luckily Chloe is on it with the satellites and she guides them to Dubaku’s SUV. A short car chase and Marika’s grabbing the wheel leads to a crash and Dubaku is seriously injured.

Unfortunately Marika is killed in the crash, Jack then does what he does best: threatens Dubaku’s family unless he turns over the list. And in a move way back from the second season (if memory serves me right) the list is hidden under Dubaku’s skin. Jack then gets it to Chloe via a police chopper that was at the scene of the car crash. Hillinger has now concocted a plan to crash the FBI servers once Chloe uploads the files, which are of course a one-time download only (tut tut). Hillinger and Erika succeed in crashing the servers (who it turns out to be a mole for Dubaku). Then he shoots her in the stomach, she dies on the spot and he goes one further by shooting himself in the arm and frames Erika. But the little genius that is Chloe works her magic to recover the files.

 

As all that happens, Renee confronts Jack about the consequences of their actions, leading to Marika’s death and she pretty much looses it, slapping Jack numerous times and asks him if he even feels anything anymore, and to twist the knife she brings up his wife (Terry). Jack finally snaps and asks her what she wants from him. He also tells her if she ever pulls a gun on him again to be prepared to use it, to which Renee reply with “I did”.

 

With Dubaku’s caught, the worm has turned and America has once again been saved by Jack Bauer… or has it, Tony returns with some chilling information about a new threat coming straight from General Juma this seems to be the turning point of the season, with one story wrapped up and now a serious threat brought to Jack by Tony. It looks like Juma is going to get his hands dirty and take over the bad guy duties. It also looks like a small civil war maybe brewing in the White House or is the terrorist target going to be The White House itself? With Dubaku’s accomplice Burnett on his way to The White House along with his boss Senator Mayer his reaction makes me this may be where Juma is planning to strike, lets hope Jack meets Tony on 1st and Constitution sooner rather than later…

 

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Following the first episode with Sharon Osbourne, in the second show of this six part series, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories turns its attention to the man Piers describes as “most people’s choice to be Prime Minister” Sir Richard Branson, boss of the world famous brand “Virgin” and one of Britain’s greatest entrepreneurs (if not THE greatest).

In this intimate and revealing hour long interview, filmed entirely in front of a studio audience, Sir Richard discloses what makes him tick and drives him to be the success he is today.
The many subjects uncovered from Sir Richard Branson’s first 1 on 1 TV interview for around 20 years reveals he’d prefer someone else to do his dirty work. “I’m not good at being ruthless… it’s definitely a fault in my character.” The most reckless he has been with his personal money was buying Necker Island, although he divulges he has lost his credit card and his wife has banned him from using cash point machines. His thoughts on his marriage of 32 years. Endeavouring to be the first family in space, and why his wife’s not joining him.

During the show there was contributions from family, friends and business partners. His story is very inspiring and he shared some stories from being arrested for Tax fraud to his near death experience while flying a hot air balloon across the Atlantic.

Branson started a record shop in Oxford Street in London and, shortly after, launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell. Branson earned enough money from his record store to buy a country estate around the age of 20 and said he was a millionaire around the age of 22.
In 1971, Branson was arrested and charged for selling records in Virgin stores that had been declared export stock. He settled out-of-court with UK Customs and Excise with an agreement to repay the unpaid tax and fines. Branson’s mother Eve re-mortgaged the family home to help pay the settlement.

In 1992, to keep his airline company afloat, Branson sold the Virgin label to EMI for reported $1 billion. Branson said he was very emotional when he sold Virgin Records. On top of his entire business ventures he has also had a very extraordinary life with record-breaking attempts most notable being January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, in a hot air balloon.

And also between 1995 and 1998 Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon. In late 1998 they made a record-breaking flight from Morocco to Hawaii.

He is a very interesting and inspiring person; he has achieved amazing feats within the business world and in other aspect of his life and I recommend watching on the iTV player. The link is below.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Sunday’s 10pm iTV1

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Episode 7 begins after the crash of Ajira Airways Flight 316, which was carrying, Ben (Michael Emerson), Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Sun (Yunjin Kim), Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and John Locke’s (Terry O’Quinn) dead body in a coffin. The plane was flying from Los Angeles and scheduled to land in Guam but crashed in the previous episode, “316”, the plane has crashed back on the island near what we believe to be the Hydra Station.

One of the crash survivors, Caesar (Saïd Taghmaoui), searches an office in the Hydra Station, finding several documents he is then informed that a man no one remembers seeing on the plane, has been found: John Locke, Locke explains that the last thing he remembers is dying…

 

The episode is heavily based around Locke’s time off the island. After Locke left, assisted by Jack’s farther Christian Shephard (John Terry), Locke awakens in a desert in Tunisia, where he is brought to a local hospital (as he broke his leg last time we saw him) and is visited by Charles Widmore (Alan Dale). Widmore asked Locke did he remember seeing him on the island and how long ago it had been since they met for Locke and then goes on to tell Locke that Widmore himself had been tricked into leaving the island many year ago by Ben. He then offers his help to Locke and informs him that Ben is in fact the bad guy in all this and Widmore had only sent people to the island to seek revenge on Ben. Sayid, Hurley and Kate all refuse to go back to the island after being visited by Locke. Locke also visits Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelley), but decides not to ask him to return to the island the reason for this is as Locke says “ the boy has been through enough already”.

When Locke meets Kate, the conversation with her makes Locke look for his old girlfriend, Helen Norwood (Katey Sagal), whom he later discovers has died. While visiting her grave, Abaddon (Locke’s driver offered to him by Widmore) is shot and killed; Locke gets into a car accident after he flees the scene in a panic. He later awakens in hospital with Jack at his bedside not very happy to see him, the two argue about the island and about Locke being “Special”. But just before Jack leaves, Locke tells him that his father, is alive on the island. This upsets and he turn very aggressive shouting disbelieving what Locke has just said and the leaves.

Locke then goes to a hotel, writes Jack the suicide note, that was given to him in the previous episode by Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan) and then later by the flight attendant on the plane, then Locke attempts to hang himself. Ben, however, shows up and talks Locke down.

Ben admits to shooting Abaddon, claiming it was to protect him. After learning of Locke’s plan to seek advice from Eloise Hawking and find out how to return to the island along with all the people that left, Ben kills Locke, faking his suicide and making sure there is no trace of him in Locke’s hotel room. He then takes Jin’s (Daniel Dae Kim) wedding ring, which Jin had entrusted to Locke and then Ben leaves.

 

The narrative returns to the present on the island, where Locke is taken in to the room were the injured people from the plane crash are discovers an unconscious Ben among the injured passengers of Flight 316…

 

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