½ onion, finely chopped
300g basmati rice
1 tsp madras curry powder
freshly grated nutmeg
110ml double cream
300g naturally smoked haddock, bones removed and flesh cut into chunks
sea salt and cracked black pepper
small bunch parsley, chopped
3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and halved
good pinch cayenne and freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
1. Cook the onion gently in the butter for a few minutes, then add the rice.
2. Continue cooking gently and stirring, adding the curry powder and nutmeg. After a few minutes, add the milk, cream and 250ml/9fl oz water.
3. When the mixture begins to simmer, add the fish and continue simmering, stirring occasionally until the rice is cooked. (You may need to add a little water if the mixture becomes dry.)
4. Season, add the parsley and stir. Add the eggs and garnish with cayenne and nutmeg if using. Serve topped with a knob of butter and wedges of lemon.
This week in 1970 saw the end of the (long and winding) road for the Beatles. Here are some things that you probably don’t know about the Fab Four:
1. John Lennon’s first musical instrument was the banjo.
2. Before choosing the name “The Beatles” they were called “Johnny And The Moondogs”.
3. Ringo Starr’s real name is Richard Starkey
4. Ringo didn’t play the drums on “Love Me Do”
5. The song, “Yesterday” was originally called “Scrambled Eggs”
Has technology made a positive contribution to sport today?
1. the use of technology to improve performance
2. the use of technology in refereeing decisions
3. .............................. (your own idea)
The question of whether technology has made a positive contribution to sport is an interesting and, perhaps, a controversial one.
One argument in favour of technology in sport is that it has helped to improve the performance of players and athletes. This can be seen in the number of world records that have been broken recently. Sports equipment has also been transformed radically which has helped not only the top athletes but also ordinary people who are interested in improving their games. However some would argue that this has turned many of the top athletes into robots.
Another area that has been affected by technology is that of refereeing decisions. Without technology there is always the possibility that a referee can make a mistake which could have a huge impact on a game. Technology has helped to reduce these kind of errors. Despite this there are some who would argue that games are much slower than before as the referee cannot make an instant decision.
Additionally, technology has perhaps provided a better experience for spectators and “armchair enthusiasts”. All major sporting events are now broadcast on TV or radio. The internet has also enabled sports fanatics to interact with other fans and, in some cases, the athletes themselves.
All in all I feel that technology has made a positive and valuable contribution to the world of sport.