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 Β 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 πŸ™‚


Christmas songs

White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits.

Yes, it’s the first day of December.

Only three weeks to Christmas.

And whatever religious or secular significance Christmas may hold for you, as far as we are concerned a large part of it involves Shana’s attempts at a cover version of this song. Take it away, Gracie… πŸ™‚

Let’s All Be Fairies

Funny, the way you find new stuff. Yesterday, we watched ‘Bullseyes and Beer: When Darts Hit Britain‘, about the history of televised darts in the UK. Well, it seemed appropriate, what with the World Professional Darts Championships having been on tv all week.

During ‘Bullseyes…’ a short black-and-white clip appeared, showing a comic duo called The Two Leslies singing a quaint old song, ‘Let’s Have a Jolly Old Game of Darts’. It appealed to our whimsical tastes. so Shana did some research.

The Two Leslies were Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes and they were especially popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

‘Let’s All Be Fairies’ has become one of our favourites (although loads of Leslie Sarony’s comic songs are available online if you want to hear more). Years old, but still amusing today. Now, who does that remind you of πŸ™‚