12 January 2020

Living

How bizarre and how wonderful to see your only son on television - not just in a short news interview - but in his own one hour cooking show on ITV1. "Living on the Veg" was screened for the first time this morning and Ian and his Bosh! companion Henry came across as broadcasting naturals.

There was no preaching about veganism or explaining why there's no meat, dairy or eggs in their recipes. They just got on and did it - making delicious food. There was a guest on board for a short section - Sadie Frost - an English actress, producer and fashion designer who has hob-nobbed with the great and good and was once married - though not at the same time -  to both Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet and the film actor Jude Law.

Sadie Frost seemed to belong to a different age but Ian and Henry seemed very much to be of this century - unlike most TV chefs. They were happy together, high fiving and having fun - delighting in their results. It was a great advertisement for vegan cookery and of course "Living on the Veg" is the very first exclusively vegan cooking programme on British TV. I am sure you will concede that that's some achievement. There are nine more programmes to come in the series.
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When I was walking east of Worksop on Friday, I photographed this tympanum above the south door of  Scofton Church:-
LET US DRAW NEAR
WITH A TRUE HEART
IN FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH
It is from The Book of Hebrews in The Old Testament. It occurred to me that each line might be the title of a novel - perhaps a trilogy. "Let Us Draw Near" would be about the early days or years of a relationship. "With a True Heart" would be about the middle years and the consolidation of happiness but "In Full Assurance of Faith" would witness the dark shadows of death as the cycle of life neared its end...

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"Remember Ronnie - back then when we first set out. You said you adored me. That you'd never leave."
"It was under the wisteria by the old barn. I remember it Belle. As if it was yesterday."
Outside over the brooding moors that had been the backdrop to every move they had ever made, every song they had ever sung - a wolf moon slipped behind a platinum veil of drifting gossamer clouds. And somewhere down in the village a farm dog yapped repeatedly in full assurance of faith.

THE END

58 comments:

  1. To put it plainly- what a thrill to see your son on TV! What fun. I bet it's going to be hugely popular.
    You're right about that trinity of lines. Nice little illustration, too.

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    1. We were so proud of him this morning. We wonder how this will all develop in the future. It has been a marvellous journey so far.

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  2. It surely must be rather surreal to see your son on TV for a series! And as you said, absolutely marvellous at the same time. If anything will get folks to begin or continue with veganism, it will be through such an approach as the Bosh! boys are taking - not preaching, not shaming, but through peoples' stomachs with delicious-looking and delicious-tasting food. May their success avalanche across the world, YP.

    I had to smile at the Christmas ornament hanging on the rhino :)

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    1. Thank you for your typically kind thoughts Jenny. By the way, that rhino is an elephant!

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    2. I debated whether it was a rhino or elephant but I couldn't see a full trunk - maybe it was the angle? I do see the elephant ears, though :)

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    3. The trunk is curled and raised. The elephant is from Sri Lanka.

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    4. Oh, now I see! Thanks.

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  3. How exciting that the first episode was on today! Something tells me that you will become accustomed to seeing your son on TV as I think these are still the early days of his success that is to come.

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    1. I hope he doesn't become too famous. I don't want to wade through a sea of media folk and fans whenever I come home.

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  4. Congratulations on Ian's success!

    The Book of Hebrews is in the New Testament.

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    1. Oops! Silly me! Thanks for the correction Bob!

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  5. How wonderful for Ian and Henry! I really should order a copy of one of their books for my cookbook collection. I've been making meatless dinners two or three nights a week lately, for health, environmental, and financial reasons. Gregg and I were full time vegetarians for a few years, and while I like eating meat again, I'm conscious of how much of it we eat. I also buy more expensive meat options that are raised the right way and healthier.

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    1. I am sure you would find some good ideas in Bosh! books or you could investigate their social media channels on Bosh tv.

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  6. "Let us draw near" might have been uttered at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral....

    Ian and Henry will be jostling for positions with Jamie and Nigella! Such fun and good exposure they are having.

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    1. Jamie and Nigella are so yesterday.

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    2. Jamie will never be "so yesterday" in my book! I love his way of cooking - down to earth, gutsy and real. I've always been a fan of Jamie Oliver. So present...so today, so tomorrow, so next week, next month, so nixt year, and the year after, and so on..... :)

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    3. He's not the cheeky chappie he was when he was first brought to the public. Now other people write his recipe books. Mind you, Ian and Henry both view him with respect. He has shown the way.

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    4. Like everyone starting out...and like everyone when they're much younger, as Jamie was when he started out 20 or so years ago.....their attitudes, actions and approach to life is "younger and cheekier"...and in the early years don't have the people around them to "write the recipe books". Starting out, Jamie's business world wasn't as huge as it now is...things were different then. Back then it was basically just Jamie against the world...

      From an acorn an oak tree grew...I hope it is similar for Ian and Henry.

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  7. Get your tv wires sorted

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  8. You have the tissues at the ready - did you need them? Can't quite read the card.

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  9. A Dad must be over the moon when he sees his son doing a successful TV show.

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    1. A Dad must be seething with jealousy.

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  10. Well done Ian. So pleased for him.

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  11. Congratulations! What a great time for the Bosh! boys, their proud parents and - last but not least - anyone who wants to eat vegan.

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    1. It is almost magical how the lads' success has happened at the very time that the western world woke up to veganism. It's not weird after all.

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  12. Are you charging for autographs yet? I didn't see it as we were off to Oxford with No 3 son, but well done Bosh Boys. I will try and remember next week.

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    1. Is Son 3 a student at Oxford University? What does he study?

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    2. He was a student At Oxford Brookes and got a First in " Sound tech and digital music" and is now a tutor at Brookes......filming/editing/sound etc.( Eldest son was at Balliol 20 or so yrs ago) We know the way to Oxford rather well!!

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  13. Clever program title eh?
    Alphie

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    1. My suggestion was "Plant Food" but what do I know?

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  14. Congrats to Ian and Henry. Proud moment for you and Shirley. Not arriving in UK until tonight (currently at the airport) so I missed their show. :(

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    1. I expect you will receive the red carpet treatment when you arrive and that The Queen herself will greet you Mary. Remember to curtsy.

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    2. I was just happy to land safely last night. Storm Brendan thought it would be fun to make the pilot earn his salary. And he certainly did--last 10 minutes of the flight were wild. I should have curtsied to him.

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  15. Long may their success last YP. That last paragraph shows your something of a wordsmith your self.

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    1. Thank you for your positive vibes sir.

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  16. Hi Mr pudding.
    I don't know if you've operated a your cloaking device regarding comments from over the border but blogger took me away from your page twice yesterday after I tried to comment. It wanted my e-mail and password!
    I thought, "sod that!"
    Today I might get through. Here goes......

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    1. Okay - you got through my radar defences Christina but what did you want to say?

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  18. Well, I'm not typing all that again.
    In essence, congratulations to Ian and his proud ma and pa. X

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    1. Thank you Christina and I am almost ashamed to say that he and Henry formed the middle page spread in "The Sun" today...and in case you were wondering, they are both fully clothed!

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    2. I wouldn't even put "The Sun" on my compost heap.....😉

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  19. Gosh how poetic the last paragraph it quite turned the heart. Lovely success of the two wonder boys, happy in their Vegan world. Will watch it.

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    1. Vegan World sounds like somewhere Dr Who might visit.

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  20. What?! Ian's on TV?! I gotta start watching those shows!

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    1. 10.30am on ITV1 Sunday...or use ITV Hub for catch-up.

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    1. Forsooth 'tis true fair Barbary damsel.

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