STARS CARS GUITARS – The Podcast Series

STARS CARS GUITARS – The Podcast Series

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If you like rock, pop and classic cars, you are going to LOVE Britain’s most exciting brand-new podcast…


The Podcast Series

With Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke

SIR ROD STEWART says, “Come to my house and drive my Lamborghini and Ferrari!”


What is Stars Cars Guitars?

It’s a brand-new podcast, with new episodes every week, presented by singer Tony Hadley, guitarist Jim Cregan and broadcaster Alex Dyke.

What is Stars Cars Guitars all about?

It’s three guys talking about rock and roll adventures, their favourite cars and tales of the stars and friends they met on the way.

So, it’s all about stars, cars and guitars – right?

Yes… and no. It’s also about success, fame, family, laughter, memories and dreams. It’s really a show about friendship. It’s a conversation between three old mates, who like telling stories and sharing jokes. It’s a safe place. Join them!


Tony Hadley is one of Britain’s best loved singers. He’s a big man with a big voice and a heart of gold. He was the frontman of Spandau Ballet in the 1980s with a slew of massive hits including a number 1 with True.

Now as a solo artist he entertains audiences around the globe with hit packed shows.

A charming, sharp dressed man, Tony’s an international heartthrob and a brilliant storyteller. From Live Aid to Los Angeles, he’s been there and done it, selling millions of records. Tony is also a radio presenter and tv performer, going into the jungle in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.

If the guys were in a car, Tony would be in the driver’s seat with his hands on the wheel.

Jim Cregan is an award-winning rock guitarist, songwriter and producer. He’s been a professional musician since the 1960s and he’s seen the inside of more hotel rooms than Howard Johnson or Lenny Henry. He’s smashed a few up on occasion too.

Jim has lived a rock and roll life on the road, playing with best friend Rod Stewart’s band for more than twenty years. He’s played with everyone, from Cockney Rebel to Cat Stevens and Katie Melua. He’s survived alcohol, drugs, swinging London, flower power, high times in the States and he’s got the Hawaiian shirts to prove it.

If the guys were in a car, Jim would be in the passenger seat, reading the map.

Alex Dyke has been a British broadcaster for 35 years on the tv and radio. He’s worked for the BBC, UK networked commercial radio and Radio Luxembourg.
He’s an award-winning presenter, surprising everybody when he won a bronze Sony Radio award in 2006.

He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in show business, including Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, BB King and George Best. Alex has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and if he pays more attention in class, he could really amount to something.

If the guys were in a car, Alex would be in the back seat, asking “are we there yet?”, and Tony and Jim would be wondering whether they’d have been better off if he’d got the bus instead.


The Podcast Series with Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke

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Gluten-free American buttermilk pancakes

Gluten-free American buttermilk pancakes

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Try these Gluten free American Style Pancakes.

Quick, easy and delicious. Enjoy with Maple Syrup and Crispy Bacon.
Or try with fruit and ice cream.

Check out the video below of celebrity chef Reza Mahammad making
pancakes using normal flour for cooking hints and tips.



Gluten-free American buttermilk pancakes

Gluten-free American buttermilk pancakes


  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • 15g melted butter
  • 50g/2oz tapioca flour
  • 25g/1oz fine cornmeal
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • clarified butter for frying
  • Toppings of your choice, we chose Maple Syrup and crispy bacon, but works just as well with fruit and ice cream


  1. Mix the milk, egg and melted butter in a bowl, until smooth and blended.
  2. Sift together the flour, cornmeal, salt and bicarb and gently stir into the buttermilk only until the ingredients are moistened - don't worry about the lumps.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan until medium hot. add a little clarified butter.
  4. Add a tablespoon of batter onto the pan and spread slightly with the back of the spoon.
  5. Cook until the bubbles rise and break on the top of the pancake.
  6. Flip pancake. Cook until pale golden on the other side.
  7. Remove and keep warm. Continue until all the batter has been used.
  8. Spread each pancake with butter and serve a stack of three per person.
  9. Top with crispy bacon and maple syrup.

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Parenting The Modern Way

Parenting The Modern Way

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Parenting the modern way

The ways in which people, including those who identify as LGBT, can create a family, have evolved greatly over the years. Modern families are wonderfully diverse, and it is a huge positive, that society is more accepting of different family structures. Jemimah Fleet, family solicitor at B P Collins, who specialises in modern parenting, offers advice on the routes available to creating a family.


Surrogacy is a way of building a family where a woman, who does not intend to be the baby’s mother, carries and gives birth to a child for someone else, whether that’s a single mum or dad, heterosexual couples or same sex couples.

Surrogacy is possible both in the UK and in some countries around the world. Currently the Law Commission is reviewing the UK’s outdated surrogacy laws, which do not meet the interests of those involved in the process.  For example, there are various legal obstacles such as the surrogate (as the birth mother) is always considered the legal mother and the intended parents can only apply to court for a parental order, to be recognised as their child’s legal parents, once the child is born. This inevitably places the child in an uncertain legal limbo until legal matters are resolved. This process can take months to finalise – a delay which is both frustrating and creates uncertainty.

The Law Commission’s consultation will help to reform the law which hasn’t changed in decades and aims to ensure the child’s best interests remain the key focus and provides reassurance to all those involved on the surrogacy journey.

Donor conception

Many parents also choose to build their families through donor conception, particularly single women and lesbian couples, who conceive with a sperm donor.

A clinic sperm donor may be chosen, where the clinic will match with a donor who is anonymous at the point of donation.  The law surrounding anonymity changed in 2005 and identifiable information is now available to children, who are conceived with donor sperm, if conception was in the UK.

Some may choose to use a known sperm donor, who could be a friend or family member. A key advantage is that there may be a continuing relationship with the donor and you will have more background information about them.  But the relationship and the intentions of the donor may need to be managed carefully. Having a pre-conception agreement on the arrangements moving forward, which could vary from minimal involvement to full co-parenting, could be invaluable and hopefully avoid a dispute in the future.

It’s important to remember that legal parentage can be more complicated in these arrangements as the law only allows two legal parents. The birth mother will always be the mother but identifying the second parent will depend on the circumstances of conception.  It is vital to seek expert advice to ensure that the full legal position concerning parentage is understood.


B P Collins work with many clients embarking on a co-parenting arrangement, which are usually single women or men; or sometimes friends deciding to conceive a child together.  There has also been a surge in people “self-matching” online, having a child together, but continuing to live separately and co-parent. In a similar way to donors, the relationship between co-parents needs to be managed very carefully and we would advise creating an agreement to ensure expectations are aligned. This will again help to avoid disputes in the future and establish a strong foundation for raising the child.

For further advice on modern parenting, please contact Jemimah Fleet on or call 01753 279046.
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More than two decades ago I had a conversation with the lovely Actor, Alison Steadman, who was then married to legendary Film Director Mike Leigh.  They were already heavily into promoting environmental issues of pollution and waste, and educated me into the hazards of buying coloured loo paper, saying it was non-biodegradable.  I have bought the white stuff ever since.

So where did it all go wrong, and why is it only now we are being made aware of the amount of plastic in the World’s oceans, which is set to treble in the next decade unless drastic action is taken to prevent it.

We have been warned that plastic is one of the most enormous threats facing the world’s seas, along with metal and chemical pollution.

It has apparently been swept under the carpet or beds of the Ocean for decades, and now only as it is now at danger level are we on high alert where our sea waters are concerned.

The Netherlands, who are famous for their environmentally friendly approach, have led the way by opening the World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle and other Nations are encouraged to follow.

But we need to take it further and take control through research and awareness before the problem escalates even more.

Louise Edge, Senior Oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK warns us “Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans, with items ranging from whole plastic bottles to tiny microplastics being found in seas all around the world”.

“If strong action isn’t taken now, the problem will get exponentially worse. More research is needed on the many different facets of plastic pollution, but it is already clear that we must end our relationship with throwaway plastic and find alternative packaging solutions which won’t harm our environment.”

Professor Edward Hill, executive director of the National Oceanography Centre, said it was time to change the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude to the world’s oceans.

He said the Blue Planet television series has helped people visualise what is going on in the oceans, provoking both wonder at what is down there and horror at the impact humans are having.

“It’s this sense of the unexplored world on our own planet, but also it’s important to us. We know less about the bottom of the sea than the moon or Mars, but nothing lives on the moon or Mars, but things live in our ocean and they’re vitally important to us,” he said.

More about: | plastic pollution | single-use plastics

If we want to contribute to the awareness of this alarming discovery, we can make a difference by creating plastic free awareness in our own homes, and pass the knowledge onto our kids, so that they lead by example.  If you click onto, it will give you some great tips for the start of your own plastic free awareness campaign.

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Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

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Looking forward to a special breakfast treat, but are not in the mood for an elaborate cooking session? Then this recipe for scrumptious Salmon and Parmigiano-Reggiano Omelette is just right! It’s easy and fast to make, but packs a flavour punch! The smooth, salty salmon harmonises well with the umami flavour notes of the Parmigiano-Reggiano as well as the tangy, milky Gorgonzola Dolce. Fresh dill and young pea shoots or watercress complement the dish and give it a green boost.
Why not try this weekend for a special Mother’s Day breakfast.

Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette

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Smoked Salmon, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gorgonzola Dolce Omelette


  • 2 large Free-Range Eggs
  • 50 ml whole milk
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 15-20g Gorgonzola Dolce
  • Butter for the pan
  • Fresh Dill
  • Cracked black pepper to taste (salt optional, as smoked salmon, Gorgonzola and Parmigiano-Reggiano are already quite salty)
  • Pea shoots or watercress and olive oil to serve


  1. What you’ll need:
  2. Frying pan
  3. Spatula
  4. Bowl
  5. Fork or whisk
  6. Knife
  7. Grater
  8. Measuring cup
  9. Tablespoon
  10. Method:
  11. Crack the eggs in a bowl. Add the milk and whisk thoroughly with a whisk or a fork.
  12. Melt butter in a frying pan. Add the whisked eggs and let it set on medium heat. Once the egg is almost cooked, sprinkle grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on it.
  13. Carefully place two slices of smoked salmon on half of the omelette. Scatter fresh dill on top and sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Cut up the Gorgonzola Dolce in small pieces and distribute on the salmon.
  14. With a spatula, carefully lift the empty half of the omelette and flip it on top of the filled half. Apply some pressure with the spatula to bond the two sides together. Cook for several more minutes to brown. The omelette is quite fragile, so the attempt to flip it over to brown the other side could break it. Alternatively, to brown the top further, the frying pan could be placed under the grill or in the oven on the grill setting (with open oven door and pan handle sticking out) for several minutes.
  15. Wash pea shoots, watercress or mixed green leaves. Drizzle with olive oil or salad dressing, plate the omelette and serve immediately.

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