Rice and Ketchup

In the television room here at Waffle Towers one programme must never be missed: Countdown.

Both Shana and I have watched Countdown ever since it began, way back in the twentieth century. And we are still trying to learn the dratted seventy-five times table!

This week we have been riveted by the latest guest in Dictionary Corner, the legendary musician and composer Sir Tim Rice. His anecdotes about music and entertainment are second to none.

But here’s something very few people are aware of.

Tim Rice (I think he was just plain old ‘Tim’ in those days but don’t quote me on that) actually wrote the Ketchup Song, that summertime smash hit for Las Ketchup in  2002. The credit is usually given to one mysterious Manuel Ruiz, but ‘Ruiz’ is merely a thinly disguised version of ‘Rice’. It’s all becoming clear now, isn’t it? Anyway, you can always rely on Sir Tim to pen a catchy tune, even if it is sometimes about some obscure South American politician’s missus.

So there you are. Rice and ketchup. Not a great new recipe idea, but a superduper nugget of pop trivia that is sure to trip up your rival pub quiz team every time.

Remember where you read it first 🙂


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