CELEBRATE THUNDERBIRDS DAY WITH A 34-HOUR MARATHON

CELEBRATE THUNDERBIRDS DAY WITH A 34-HOUR MARATHON

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To celebrate International Thunderbirds Day, a whopping 34-hour marathon of every episode of the original Thunderbirds series, created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson will be shown on-line to a worldwide audience.

Sylvia also provided the voice for the iconic Lady Penelope.

The event which includes some bonus features, is going to be streamed live around the world.

Starting on 30th September at 2:30pm BST / 6:30am PDT (full schedule below), the live stream will be available exclusively on Shout! Factory TV’s official Twitch channel. You can watch for free online wherever you are, just be aware that you must be at least 13 to visit Twitch, and if you are 13-18 you must use Twitch under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. Find the full terms of service here.

International Thunderbirds Day celebrates the anniversary of the first TV broadcast of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson’s Thunderbirds in the UK, 53 years ago on 30th September, 1965. We hope you enjoy discovering, or re-discovering, the origins of the Tracy family and International Rescue. You can find the full schedule of episodes and bonus content below.

F.A.B!

THUNDERBIRDS DAY MARATHON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES BST)
SUNDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER
2:30pm – Introducing Thunderbirds [Bonus Episode]
3:00pm – Season 1, Episode 1: Trapped In The Sky
4:00pm – Season 1, Episode 2: Pit Of Peril
5:00pm – Season 1, Episode 3: The Perils Of Penelope
6:00pm – Season 1, Episode 4: Terror In New York City
7:00pm – Season 1, Episode 5: Edge Of Impact
8:00pm – Season 1, Episode 6: Day Of Disaster
9:00pm – Season 1, Episode 7: 30 Minutes After Noon
10:00pm – Season 1, Episode 8: Desperate Intruder
11:00pm – Season 1, Episode 9: End Of The Road
12:00am – Season 1, Episode 10: The Uninvited


MONDAY 1ST OCTOBER
1:00am – Season 1, Episode 11: Sun Probe
2:00am – Season 1, Episode 12: Operation Crash-Dive
3:00am – Season 1, Episode 13: Vault Of Death
4:00am – Season 1, Episode 14: The Mighty Atom
5:00am – Season 1, Episode 15: City Of Fire
6:00am – Season 1, Episode 16: The Imposters
7:00am – Season 1, Episode 17: The Man From MI5
8:00am – Season 1, Episode 18: Cry Wolf
9:00am – Season 1, Episode 19: Danger At Ocean Deep
10:00am – Season 1, Episode 20: Move And You’re Dead
11:00am – Season 1, Episode 21: The Duchess Assignment
12:00pm – Season 1, Episode 22: Brink Of Disaster
1:00pm – Season 1, Episode 23: Attack Of The Alligators
2:00pm – Season 1, Episode 24: Martian Invasion
3:00pm – Season 1, Episode 25: The Cham-Cham
4:00pm – Season 1, Episode 26: Security Hazard
5:00pm – The Abonimable Snowman [Bonus Episode]
5:30pm – Season 2, Episode 1: Atlantic Inferno
6:30pm – Season 2, Episode 2: Path Of Destruction
7:30pm – Season 2, Episode 3: Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
8:30pm – Season 2, Episode 4: Lord Parker’s ‘Oliday
9:30pm – Season 2, Episode 5: Ricochet
10:30pm – Season 2, Episode 32: Give Or Take A Million
11:30pm – The Stately Homes Robberies [Bonus Episode]
12:00am – Century 21 Slough Documentary

Not only that Saturday is the 30th aniversary of Joe 90, the 9 year old boy who receives brain patterns and becomes a fighter pilot, safe cracker, brain surgeon etc.

 

ITV Studios Global Entertainment have re-released this complete series on DVD in a special collector’s edition box set with extra features.

Professor Ian “Mac” McClaine, a brilliant computer expert, has invented an incredible device called (BIG RAT). It enables the knowledge and experience of one person to be transferred to another he demonstrates the machine to his friend Sam Loover, by transferring his own brain patterns to his adopted son Joe.  Joe with the aid of this technology and some special glasses become The World Intelligence Network (W.I.N.) Most Special Agent, fighting for Justice  and saving human life.

DVD Details

  • RRP £24.99
  • Discs 5
  • BBFC U
  • Running Time 748mins
  • Extra features

Both Thunderbirds and Joe 90 are avaiable on DVD & Blu-Ray
Available from leading dvd outlets and online retailers.

 

As Lady Penelope would say FAB

Win a Delicious Pack of Turmerlicious Latte Blends

Win a Delicious Pack of Turmerlicious Latte Blends

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“As the nights draw in here is your chance to win the full range of Turmerlicious Turmeric latte blends –  a dairy and caffeine-free range of hot drinks made from coconut, a good daily dose of superfood turmeric and a delicate blend of aromatic spices.

Amazing as it is, turmeric is very hard for the body to absorb as it is a fat-soluble spice and needs pepper and heat to break it down (making many supplements ineffective).

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 Available in four natural flavours – vanilla, ginger, choc and chilli choc.”

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine  – in fact, one of the Sanskrit translation for turmeric is “defender of diseases”. In more recent years it has been found to ease arthritis pain, aid the liver in detoxifying, boost blood circulation, heal and soothe the digestive tract, reduce the pain and fever associated with illness, and even help prevent ulcers due to the antiseptic properties.

It truly is a superfood and yet for most people, it has only ever been used as a flavouring or colouring in savoury dishes. However, more and more people have started adding turmeric to their daily diet from both a medicinal as well as preventative perspective. Amazing as it is though, turmeric is very hard for the body to absorb as it is a fat-soluble spice and needs pepper and heat to break it down (making many supplements ineffective).

A particularly easy and delicious way to take turmeric effectively is as a hot drink, based on the age-old “golden milk”. The popularity of turmeric lattes in trendy cafes is growing at a significant rate, however making it yourself can be time-consuming, tricky to get right in terms flavour – turmeric is a bitter, dry tasting spice and can stain everything in your kitchen a sunny yellow.

That is exactly what Mum of 5 Maggie Howell found when making turmeric lattes at home as she wanted to get a good daily dose of turmeric into her diet. So after a year of experimenting with different blends and spices, she came up with a range of four flavours that complemented turmeric and coconut perfectly. In addition she found a way to make them completely instant – a huge time saver in a busy household!

She launched Turmerlicious last year and now her range of turmeric latte blends are available across the UK in Holland & Barrett, over 500 independent health food stores and of course from Amazon

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Afraid by Sharon McGovern

Afraid by Sharon McGovern

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When I met author Sharon McGovern at her house in Grays, Essex recently I was warmly greeted by a sharp, kind, intelligent woman – a writer, wife, mother and philanthropist who has survived against the odds, and is living proof that we as human beings have the capacity to endure the deepest of pain and come out the other side.

Sharon’s story began when she was four years old, after her biological father had left home, and when her step father, Mick Garvey, moved in.

For the next 13 years, Sharon suffered unthinkable abuse and bullying, which she was forced to keep secret from her mother and young brother, for fear of their own demise at the hands of this terrifying man.

It was only years later and after a failed marriage, the birth of three beautiful children and meeting her real life partner was Sharon ready to confront him.

At the same time Sharon had a premonition.  ‘It was not a dream, it was different.  I saw a small cell, with a window high up, and a man with his back to me sitting on a hard chair.  Beside him stood four prison guards, all in uniform, and all with the same face, like clones.  I was standing in the doorway to the cell when suddenly the man turned and looked at me.  It was my step father.  I knew they were waiting to take him somewhere.  I also knew the place where he was imprisoned was not in this country, but was in France, Spain or Italy.’  Sharon eventually tracked him down in Spain, where he had been locked away for a serious criminal offence.

This was another frightening but incredibly brave chapter of Sharon’s life when she finally faced Mick Garvey in court in the UK after several years.  She saw his face go ashen as she walked into court, as he witnessed her resolve to finally get justice for herself and her family.  He was charged of seven accounts of rape and indecent assault, and sentenced – but eventually died in prison.

Many people over the years have asked Sharon if this finally laid ghosts to rest and brought some sort of solace and closure to her years of abuse.

‘Closure, I heard the word ‘closure’ many times in my life to bring Mick Garvey to justice, and afterwards it seemed to be on countless people’s lips:  ‘Now you have closure.’  But of course I didn’t.  It’s too easy, too glib, to think that because my abuser was behind bars, all the evils of my childhood would be wiped out.  There is no such thing as closure – there is never an end.  I will take my abuse to the grave with me; it’s with me every day, it’s what has made me who I am.  I have had to fight all my life to make sure it doesn’t take over, but I can never deny that it happened, or that it affected me’.

Sharon continues her work with rape and abuse victims and speaks publicly on how to help survivors of crime.

‘I try never to use the word ‘victim’ to refer to my situation.  ‘Victim’ would hand the victory to my abuser.  The word I use is ‘survivor’ because that’s what I am.  Mick Garvey saw me as his victim, he didn’t count on me being a survivor’.  Sharon McGovern, Afraid

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

Wake Up And Smell The Coffee – It Can Taste As Good

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I recently heard on the radio a so called coffee expert and Barista exclaiming that the aroma of coffee is always so good that the taste never fails to disappoint.

As my friends will tell you I always rise to a challenge, and have been investigating this notion ever since, and think I have proved her wrong!

A long time buddy of mine bought me a Tassimo coffee maker for my birthday at the end of last year, which has totally revolutionised my life in that not only does it cut out the painful cleaning of my old coffee machine, but it makes incredible coffee too. Now you may think that this is an advertisement for the Tassimo, but I assure you it is not, I am just sharing my knowledge and excitement at this recent discovery!

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The coffee and creamer comes in separate capsules and you simply slot them into the top of the machine and away you go. The milk or creamer is delivered piping hot and steaming and frothy, just the way good coffee should be. Plus the taste really does not disappoint as with so many other makes of coffee, even in established coffee shops.

I am also going to invest in one for the office, as it will cut down on the crazy prices that have evolved since the birth of trendy coffee cafes such as Starbucks and Costa. Don’t get me wrong, I will still enjoy the occasional cup of coffee at the weekend when meeting up with girl friends in our local chic café, but for the everyday, will continue to enjoy the various types of coffee available for a Tassimo coffee machine.

So far I have tried COSTA cappuccino, COSTA macchiato, breakfast coffee and COSTA latte, and all of them are really good in their own way. Of course nothing beats going into a COSTA coffee shop with friends but now I can enjoy the great taste at home as well.

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There are also lots more on the market, and I won’t spoil it for you, go and explore the coffee counter in your local supermarket once you have invested in a Tassimo, and let us know which one you enjoy the best. I am betting you will find it really hard to decide.
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Beef Olives – A FAB Retro Recall

Beef Olives – A FAB Retro Recall

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BEEF OLIVES are a real comfort food according to Jamie Oliver.  They were also a favourite decades ago with Sylvia Anderson, creator of Lady Penelope and Thunderbirds, according to her daughter Dee.

Sylvia was a dab hand in the kitchen when she was not creating her latest storyline or character, and Beef Olives was one of her specialities.

‘In those days’ Dee recalls, ‘it was quite unique as lamb chops or roasts were more standard in home cooking, but Sylvia, always the innovator, even pushed the boundaries of cooking and creativity.  It sounds tame these days as the entire Nation is au fait with international cuisine, but back then it was quite a rarity’, and to Dee’s school friends it was deemed as quite ‘out there’.

BEEF OLIVES

Ingredients

400g of lean finely cut beef

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1 medium onion

220g celery

150g carrot

250ml red wine

600ml beef stock

1 Leek

 

For the Stuffing

1 small onion

3 rashers of smoked bacon

4 mushrooms

A pinch of thyme

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C. Fry the onions, garlic, mushrooms until soft. Add to the raw bacon and set aside.

Place the beef on a flat surface and beat with a rolling pin or food hammer until very thin (approx. 1cm thick). Spread each beef slice with the mustard. Fill with the prepared stuffing.

Cut the leek in half and blanche for 30 seconds in boiling water place into cold water so that the leek is stringy. Cut the leek in thin strips long ways.

Roll the beef slices over the stuffing and use the leek strings to secure the beef. Fry the beef on all sides until brown and place in an oven proof dish.

Fry the remaining onion, carrot and celery in a pan for 5 minutes. Add red wine and beef stock and stir. Pour over the beef olives and cook in the oven with a lid on for 3 hours.

Remove the beef olives from the dish and keep warm. Blend the remaining sauce until no lumps remain. Serve with root vegetables and mashed potatoes.

 

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