Jamie Oliver – 30 minute meals and his outspoken and driven attitude to helping people eat better.

Jamie's 30 Minute Meals - Jamie Oliver's latest book accompanying his television showThe first showing of Jamie’s 30 minute meals is on air tonight on Channel 4 at 5:30pm. This new series for Jamie comes right in the middle of the UK airing of Jamie’s trip to Huntingdon in America where he used his UK knowledge and experience to try to kick start a change in the way American schools feed their pupils.

30 minute meals aims to show us how mastering a few basic skills and organising the right food in the house can allow us to put a meal on the table in the same time that it would take to prepare a ready meal or some similar pre-processed food.

Jamie is still pursuing his goal of helping the notion to eat better and seems to be the most publicly vocal (or perhaps just the most media-savvy) of the celebrity chefs that appeared on a glut of live and pre-recorded shows last year extolling the plight of battery chickens and the disadvantages of  processed foods.

Ahead of tonight’s airing of 30 minute meals, Jamie has been pinned down by The Guardian for an interview covering all of his recent activities. The interviewer is kind enough to realise that with a new addition to the family still only a couple of weeks old, Jamie is probably a little more blunt and defensive than usual, however, reading the article, you feel that Jamie has passed any point of tolerance with explaining his motives for doing things. He’s making it up as he goes along seems to be his message, but, he wants whatever he is doing to make a difference.

When being questioned on whether he thinks he is beginning to lecture people on what they should be allowed to eat, Jamie shows his lack of patience for such a subject by replying about a woman who was complaining that he would not let her child eat what he wanted,

while she was having a go at me she had the gall to have a baby in her arms feeding it Coke in a bottle, so she’s obviously thick as shit, you know; she was clearly thick as shit, because you don’t feed babies Coke in a teated bottle, and anyone who does is categorically wrong.

You can see Jamie’s 30 minute meals on Channel 4 on the following dates in October and November.

  • 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th
  • 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd
  • 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th
  • November: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

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Guinness Book Of World Records 2011 – But has it got it wrong?

The 2011 version of the Guinness book of World Records is released today.

The longest cucumber measured 104.78 cm (41.25 in) and was grown by Frank Dimmock (UK). It was measured at his home in Thame, Oxon, UK, on 18 September 2008 The most balloons inflated by the nose in 3 minutes are 23 and were achieved by Andrew Dahl (USA) on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 18 March 2010 Wei Shengchu poses after earning the record for "Most Needles in the Head"

This year’s edition includes wonders from the animal kingdom like Fluffy, the “Longest Snake Ever” at 24 feet, and Colo, the “Oldest Gorilla in Captivity” at 53 years old. Not to be outdone, humans are making their way into the record book as well. Frank Dimmock has the longest cucumber measured at 104.78cm (41.25in). Wei Shengchu managed to insert 2,009 needles into his head.  Andrew Dahl (USA) inflated 23 balloons in 3 minutes through his nose. Of course, Guinness World Records 2011 also measures the outliers of human anatomy, as is the case with the Jay Sloot. He holds the record for “Widest Tongue,” which measures 3.1 inches across!

Iona Oyungerel Luvsandorj (Mongolia) performs the Marinelli bendWe’ve got a problem though.

One of the world records listed in the book is for the longest duration to maintain the Marinelli bend. The Marinelli Bend is a dangerous contortion that sees the contortionist suspending the entire weight of their body with their teeth and bending their body over their heads as shown in the picture.

The World Record is listed in this years Guinness World Records book at 50 seconds and was achieved by Iona Oyungerel Luvsandorj of Mongolia. She was on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008 where she stated she was a Law Student and Contortionist. She went on to get the World Record for the longest Marinelli Bend on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 18 April 2009.

BUT! Look at this YouTube video of The Peking Acrobats. They perform four Marinelli bends on a single pole, on above the other. The girl at the top of the pole who starts her bend first, starts it at 0:32 seconds into the video and did not bend back until 1:56 into the video. That’s 1 minute 24 seconds! Over half a minute longer than Iona. AND, AND, for The Peking Acrobats, they spin clothes on their hands and someone spins the pole around!

I can only guess that on some nights, the girl at the top spends even longer at the top of the pole if the girls below take longer or have problems. And let’s think about the possible problems. If the girl at the top did fall while spinning her cloths or rotating on a pole, what would happen to the girls bent over backwards below her? It makes me cringe to think about it. There seems to be no margin for error in this stunt.

So, has the book of Guinness World Records failed to do its research? Is there someone out there that can do a Marinelli bend for even longer than our YouTube heroes?

Let us know what you think in the comments

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