Nick’s Top Tips To Help Fill The Time

Our resident entertainment guru, Nick Shottel, is guiding us through homebound days with his top entertainment picks. From books and Instagram accounts, to boxsets, radio shows and playlists, he’s got you covered.

Here’s what Nick has in store this fortnight…

 

 

FOLLOW

@alextelferstudio

An Instagram account that you might want to look at is that of local photographer, Alex Telfer. Alex is a long-standing friend and customer of ours who has been posting some fabulous pictures taken locally. From The Jarrow Elvis (yes, he actually exists), to the famous Wallsend Boys Club, the photographs are really special.

 

READ

Tales From Two Puddings by Eddie Johnson 

A great book about a pub in Stratford, East London. It’s a memoir of the landlord of an infamous pub which was bulldozed to make way for the Olympic Stadium. During the 60s, it was the meeting place for footballers, gangsters, musicians, boxers and TV personalities. The book is a poignant, at times hilarious, look back at a lost world of East End eccentrics, local villainy, vindictive policemen, punch-ups and practical jokes.

 

WATCH

The Last Dance

If you are at a loose end and need something to watch, you could do worse that watching The Last Dance on Netflix. It charts the rise of the 1990s Chicago Bulls basketball team led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history. A fascinating watch and you don’t need to be into basketball to enjoy it.

White Lines

Another new Netflix series worth watching is White Lines. It tells the story of a woman trying to solve the mysterious death of her brother, a famous DJ, who disappeared from Ibiza many years ago. 

The Capture

I’ve just binge-watched The Capture on BBC iPlayer. It’s about a British soldier who is charged with a crime but the young detective handling his case begins to uncover a multi-layered conspiracy. Real edge-of-the-seat stuff.

 

LISTEN

Gilles Peterson

If you are into your music, you might want to check out Gilles Peterson’s show on the BBC Sounds app. He has a show each Saturday afternoon on 6Music with an eclectic mix of jazz funk, soul, dance, hip-hop, house and loads more.

Nick’s Playlist

I hope you are enjoying my fortnightly lockdown playlists. This latest one is sure to get everyone up dancing around the kitchen. It’s entitled SOCIAL DIS-DANCING – FUNK. Check it out here: open.spotify.com/playlist

A Day in the Life of… 21 Host, Amy Cooper

How I’m staying safe and keeping motivated at home during lockdown…

 

A Day in the Life of... 21 Host, Amy Cooper

 

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR… My two house rabbits, who by 7.30am are usually stomping to be out and play.

 

BREAKFAST IS… During the week, usually porridge (boring, I know)! On a weekend we have been making an array of breakfasts using whatever we have left in the fridge. A personal favourite so far is poached egg on toast with chorizo, mushroom, red pepper and tomatoes.

 

TO STAY ACTIVE, I… Have been making the most of the nice weather and running through Jesmond Dene. My Nike Run Club app has helped to keep me on track.

 

TO UNWIND, I… Like to cook with a glass of wine on an evening. It has been such a tonic over the last few weeks. My allotment is also a great way to switch off for a few hours, particularly when the weather is as great as it has been.

 

I’M WATCHING… Normal People. For the second time!

 

I’M READING… Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

 

I’M LISTENING TO… The ‘Summer Acoustic’ playlist on Apple Music has been a favourite in our house. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Jamie XX, Beck and Groove Armada. A very random selection, I know!

 

SOMEWHERE I’D RATHER BE… We had plans this summer to visit some cities in Europe and whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be doing any exploring for a little while, I’m enjoying riding the slow train here in Newcastle. So right now, I’m happy exactly where I am.

 

THREE TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

Get outside – I don’t have a garden at my flat, but my allotment has been a brilliant place to spend some time in the sun. I’ve been running outside most days – getting some exercise and fresh air makes a huge difference to your mood.
Pick up some hobbies or try something new – We’ve been making our own kombucha and currently have some tepache brewing on the kitchen bench. It’s exciting trying something you’ve never done before and keeps things interesting when you’re spending so much time at home.
Make use of podcasts and audiobooks – They’re perfect for some background noise whilst out on your daily walk or making housework a little more exciting.

 

DURING LOCKDOWN, I HAVE LEARNT… That sometimes you just have to slow down and that that’s completely okay.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY… “Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin.” – Napoleon

Read, Watch & Listen with Nick Shottel

During this lockdown period we’re constantly on the look out for something a bit different to entertain us.

Nick Shottel keeps us busy with his round-up of the best books, TV shows, documentaries, podcasts and playlists…

 

 

READ

FROM BENWELL BOY TO 46TH BEATLE… AND BEYOND – by Bob Smeaton

Bob has been a customer of ours on-and-off since we opened. The book tells the story of how he started off in a local pop group called White Heat and went on to work with the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John and The Rolling Stones, producing films about them. He, alongside another regular customer of ours, Geoff Wonfor, produced the definitive anthology of The Beatles. A read jam-packed with anecdotes and humour. Some of you will recognise some of the characters spoken about, even one who has an unequalled love of Cointreau… if you know, you know!

WINE AND WAR: THE FRENCH, THE NAZIS AND FRANCE’S GREATEST TREASURE – by Donald Kladstrup & Petie Kladstrup

It tells the story of France’s courageous, clever vintners, who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from the Germans during the Second World War. A really amusing and informative read.

 

WATCH

SAVE ME TOO – On Sky Atlantic catch-up at the moment is Save Me Too, staring Lennie James as a father searching for his missing daughter. The first series is also available on catch-up.

GANGS OF LONDON – Another Sky Atlantic series worth a watch. It’s fast-paced, action-packed and – word of warning – it’s absolutely brutal!

BRASSIC – A really entertaining series that should be watched before the second one is released online this week. This Sky One show stars Michelle Keegan and Joe Gilgun and is a dark comedy with some real laugh-out-loud moments to lighten the mood.

STILL GAME – One for those of you who have access to Netflix – and for those who ‘get’ Scottish humour.

INDUSTRY-BASED DOCUMENTARIES – There are some tremendous industry-based documentaries out there at the moment, such as ‘Chef’s Table’ and ‘Cooked’. There is a film called ‘Uncorked’ about a guy who wants to train as a sommelier, much to the dismay of his father who wants him to carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint.

 

LISTEN

DESERT ISLAND DISCS – You all probably consider yourselves too young to listen to Desert Island Discs. I know I did! Anyway, I was scrolling through BBC Sounds on my phone, looking for something to listen to – and happened on a Desert Island Disc podcast featuring Ian Wright. I found it really entertaining and, in part, quite moving. The podcasts only have a portion of the chosen ‘discs’ so it is all about people’s stories. I enjoyed the podcast so much that I started going through the D.I.D. archive and found loads of interesting stuff. There were programmes featuring lots of chefs including Marcus Waring, Angela Hartnett and many others. There is even one with a good friend of Terry and me, Anton Edelmann.

VINES ON THE FRONT LINE – I also found an interesting podcast on there called Vines on the Front Line, which was about the vineyards of the Bekka Valley in Lebanon.

THE ART OF THE MENU – There was another interesting podcasts called The Art of The Menu, which is about the power of the menu and highlights the tricks and secrets within it.

ROUND THE HORNE – If you like classic comedy, there’s no end of vintage stuff that’s still relevant today and extremely funny. A classic that I really like is called Round the Horne and is primarily a sketch show that has a running joke through it. At the time, this show really pushed the boundaries and laid the foundations for a lot of comedy shows to follow.

 

PLAYLIST >>

In the last newsletter, I shared a playlist that was bit more alternative to my usual taste, but I hope you enjoyed it all the same. This time, I’ve put one together that I’m sure you will agree is a bit more ‘me’.

It’s entitled SOCIAL-DIS-DANCING – DISCO. I hope you enjoy it! Check it out here: open.spotify.com/playlist