Album Review – Blue and Lonesome

The Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome

The Rolling Stones are back, with ‘Blue and Lonesome’!  It’s their first album since ‘A Bigger Bang’ which was released 11 years ago.


And, before saying anything else, it’s a gem.

Let’s talk about the two tracks first that include Eric Clapton – these are tracks 6 and 12 on the album.  To hear Clapton on these is absolutely brilliant, an amazing collaboration.  Clapton was working in the studio next door and was persuaded to come on board for ‘Everybody Knows About My Good Thing’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’.

It’s just over 40 minutes of raw, unpolished, blues covers – you see other artists that have reached their seventies and their studio efforts are over-edited, with vocal enhancements, etc – but this is the polar opposite.  The whole album was recorded in just 3 days!

Another favourite of mine is Track 11, ‘Just Like I Treat You’, an upbeat number that sounds like a Stones track from fifty years earlier!  ‘Just Your Fool’ is another of my recommendations – but the whole album is superb; I’ve lost count how many times I’ve played it already!

There’s 12 tracks in total on the album, I can only hope we get another Stones album.

How about another with blues covers… if the idea worked this time, it would work again?  There’s plenty of great blues tracks out there, waiting for a new audience to discover them.


Track Listing

  1. Just a Fool
  2. Commit a Crime
  3. Blue and Lonesome
  4. All of Your Love
  5. I Gotta Go
  6. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
  7. Ride ‘Em On Down
  8. Hate To See You Go
  9. Hoo Doo Blues
  10. Little Rain
  11. Just Like I Treat You
  12. I Can’t Quit You Baby


Blue and Lonesome is out now and available from all good stockists.



Indoor League is Back On Freeview!

1970s pub game show The Indoor League set to return to television screens!  Great news!  It’s not been on TV since ESPN Classic repeated Series 1 and 2… but then ESPN Classic sadly closed.  But now, it’s back…

The Indoor League – the 1970s TV series where players competed in traditional pub games – is making a comeback to television screens this Boxing Day.

Presented by the legendary cricketer Fred Trueman, the show follows games of table skittles, shove ha’penny, table football, bar billiards and Yorkshire darts.

The first series will be broadcast this Monday (December 26) to 19 million homes through free-to-air sports channel Front Runner.

The show will be available on SKY ch468, Freesat ch250, Freeview ch91, Talk Talk/ BT ch91 between 11.30am-2pm and again between 5pm-7pm.

Ryan Scarratt, from Front Runner said: “The Indoor League features traditional pub games that have been played in hostelries all over Britain for many centuries. Many enjoyed watching this show together in the 1970s and we’re delighted to be bringing it back to television screens this festive season.

“It offers 1970s nostalgia that everyone can reminisce about: from the late Fred Trueman presenting the show with a beer in his hand to watching players compete in pub games that were popular years ago. The Indoor League really is a blast from the past.”

John Fairley, who was Executive Producer on the series, said: “I remember how amazed we all were at the skills our players produced. You really had to be very expert to get into any of the final rounds.

“The best people ranged from a school headmaster to the Ukranian landlady of a Yorkshire pub. They often looked as though they had put in a lifetime of practice!”

The Indoor League was a pub games competition series that was produced by Yorkshire Television and aired from 1972 to 1977. It featured many indoor games, the majority of which were pub games, and the winners received a prize of £100.

About Front Runner

Front Runner is the first and only free-to-air dedicated sports channel in the UK and leads the way in showcasing the best in action sports from across the globe. It offers action, lifestyle and documentaries from the worlds of skateboarding, motocross, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking and now motorsports. Along with adrenaline-fuelled action, there’s also boxing, professional fighting, poker, comedy and chat. Updates are available through the Front Runner’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Saint Germont Premium French Vodka – Aldi

Hello all – back with another booze review in the run up to the festive season.  The Glen Marnoch whisky feature has been so popular that a follow-up was inevitable.

So, here I am – a cold Wednesday evening, watching Big Bash cricket on BT Showcase.  Time to try Aldi’s Saint Germont ‘Premium French Vodka’.

Aldi tell me  “…the vodka has been made with premium French wheat and distilled five times to deliver the ultimate smooth, rounded taste, and a balanced sweetness”.


I take a sniff into my glass – and there’s so many aromas.  The first note – it’s not a bland vodka like numerous ones available in the supermarkets, etc… there’s many flavours fighting to escape!  Taste test now – it’s warming, smooth and goes down nicely.

It’s the first time, for a long time, that I’ve enjoyed drinking neat vodka, I normally appreciate the drink with a mixer but this was enjoyable entirely on its own, and that’s how I would recommend you to drink it.  The Aldi website hints I should detect citrus and vanilla flavours – could I detect them?  No.  I could certainly detect the vanilla, and also maybe a hint of aniseed – and there’s plenty to appreciate with the tasting even after a few sips.

At £15.99 a bottle, it’s available nationwide, and is an ideal present for Christmas.  Value for money – catch it while you can!  For more information, visit

The sample of Saint Germont Premium French Vodka was complimentary but all views are my own.

All Star Comedy Carnival – DVD Review

If you’re after a last-minute gift idea – then Network DVD have released ‘All Star Comedy Carnival’, which was a regular Christmas Day fixture on ITV between 1969 and 1973.

The 1969-1971 shows don’t exist anymore in the archives, apart from one 9 minute extract from the 1969 show, which is included here in glorious colour, from Granada Television’s hit sitcom ‘The Dustbinmen’.

The 1972 and 1973 shows are here on this DVD in full.  It’s brilliant to see them here – I’ve seen bits before, in poor quality You Tube clips – the video quality on this DVD is excellent.


The 1972 show is 94 minutes long, and was originally transmitted between 5:45pm and 7:30pm!  Jimmy Tarbuck hosts this spectacular, a combination of efforts between the big ITV companies – Thames, LWT, Granada, etc all working together to provide material for the big Christmas Day show!

Love Thy Neighbour is the first sketch – warning: some viewers may be offended by some of the language in this segment.  We then see Rod Hull greet Jimmy Tarbuck before going into ‘Nearest and Dearest’ with Hylda Baker.  The comedy continues… ‘Father Dear Father’ with Patrick Cargill…  ‘Thirty Minutes Worth’… there’s even ‘Christmas with Wogan’ – a great tribute after his passing earlier this year.  For me, the 1972 highlight is a sketch from ‘On The Buses’ – one of my favourite comedies of all time.  I’ve never seen this sketch before, shot on film, it’s good fun… sadly no Reg Varney in the sketch.  There’s more!  We see ‘Sez Les’ – the Yorkshire TV sketch show starring Les Dawson and the final sketch is from ‘The Fenn Street Gang’.  Musical interludes too along the way!


The 1973 show is 79 minutes long, and was originally transmitted between 6:00pm and 7:30pm!  Jimmy Tarbuck back hosting once again.  ‘Man About the House’ is the first sketch – I’ve been watching the ITV3 repeats recently, so it was great to see this stand-alone excerpt.  We then see ‘Billy Liar’, more ‘Sez Les’, a sketch from ATV Leslie Crowther sitcom ‘My Good Woman’, ‘Spring and Autumn’ and finally ‘Doctor in Charge’.

And that was it – the show didn’t return in 1974…  who knows why?  It seems a strong format, similar to the BBC’s ‘Christmas Night with the Stars’ format around the same time.  At almost three hours long, this is brilliant viewing for the festive season – that now, thankfully, we can enjoy once again.  Chris

The DVD of All Star Comedy Carnival was complimentary but all views are my own.

Pro 12 Rugby on BBC Sport

Going forward, I will try to show which Pro 12 Rugby Union games can be seen for free – via BBC Sport.  These are all available on the BBC Sports App/Website, and some have been made available on the BBC Red Button too.  Here’s a list of the games shown so far this season – many thanks to the BBC Media Centre for providing these.  Sometimes, there’s two games being shown at the same time!  Round 11 is on Fri Dec 23rd.  S4c also show games too – I’ll try and get a list of the games they’ve screened. Chris


For a full fixture list – check out


Round 1: (IPTV = BBC Sports App/Website)

Friday 2nd September – Red Button – Scrum V: Ospreys v Zebre
Friday 2nd September – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live – Ulster v Newport


Round 2:
Friday 9th September – Red Button – Scrum V: Munster v Cardiff


Round 3 (no Red Button Coverage for Round 3):
Friday 16th September – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live: Ulster v Scarlets


Round 4:
Friday 23rd September – Red Button – Scrum V: Leinster v Ospreys
Friday 23rd September – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live: Glasgow v Ulster


Round 5:
Friday 30th September – Red Button – Scrum V: Dragons v Glasgow


Round 6:
Friday 7th October – Red Button – Scrum V: Ospreys v Blues
Friday 7th October – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live: Connacht v Ulster


Round 7:
Friday 28th October – Red Button – Scrum V: Blues v Scarlets
Friday 28th October – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live: Ulster v Munster


Round 8 (no Red Button coverage):
Friday 4th November – IPTV – Scrum V: Munster v Ospreys
Friday 4th November – IPTV – Ulster Rugby Live: Edinburgh v Ulster


Round 9:
Friday 25th November – Red Button – Scrum V: Scarlets v Leinster


Round 10 (no Red Button coverage):
Friday 2nd December – IPTV – Scrum V: Ospreys v Edinburgh


Round 11 (no Red Button coverage):

Friday 23rd December – IPTV – Ulster v Connacht

Monday 26th December – IPTV – Cardiff Blues v Newport Dragons




Channel 5 to screen Big Bash Cricket!

Full press release below – many thanks to Channel 5 confirming to us today the great news about Big Bash Cricket being shown live (and also available in HD)… FOR FREE!  Chris

To keep an eye on the games Channel Five will be showing – take a look at my main menu, and the latest ‘Sport on Freeview Up to…’ page… and any live cricket (and highlights on BT Showcase on Freeview Channel 59) will be noted here.  Spread the word!  Bookmark the site now – I hope it’s useful.



·         Channel 5 agree a deal with BT Sport to broadcast five games from Australian Big Bash League and highlights of final

·         Deal offers first chance to view live cricket on a major terrestrial channel since 2005

Available for immediate use: 19th December 2016:  Channel 5 is set to bring major live cricket to free-to-air television this winter, having struck a deal with BT Sport to show five live Twenty20 matches from Australia’s Big Bash League [BBL], as well as highlights of the final. This deal will mark the first time live cricket has been on a major terrestrial channel since the 2005 Ashes Series.

Channel 5 will share live coverage of the matches with BT Sport, which has obtained the rights to show all 35 games of the Big Bash as part of a five-year deal agreed with Cricket Australia earlier this year.

The coverage will be hosted by Mark Pougatch, who will be joined in the studio by former England internationals including: Michael Vaughan, Jimmy Anderson, James Taylor, and Michael Carberry, twice a BBL winner.

As one of the world’s premier limited-overs competitions the BBL consistently attracts the best players from around the globe, and England fans will recognise a host of names this season as Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, and current England ODI captain Eoin Morgan are among those who have agreed deals with clubs.

The first game will be shown live on Channel 5 on Boxing Day morning, with the Hobart Hurricanes (with whom Broad has agreed a contract) playing host to Pietersen and the Melbourne Stars.


Mark Sharman, Channel 5:

“We’re delighted to give a terrestrial home to live cricket for the first time in over a decade. The competition complements our growing sports portfolio which includes international cricket, live boxing and top class motor sports.”

Since its origin in 2011, the BBL, running from December until the end of January, has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the cricketing calendar and epitomises the party atmosphere and fast-paced excitement that has become synonymous with the shortest form of the game. Eight city-based franchises from across the country compete to secure domestic glory. Nearly 50,000 attended last season’s thrilling final at the MCG, where Pietersen was unable to help the Melbourne Stars home, with the Sydney Thunder eventually triumphing by three wickets.

As well as showcasing all the glitz and glamour that comes with the league itself, by showing the games on free-to-air television Channel 5 is offering wide access not just to one of the biggest competitions in cricket, but to one of the top 10 leagues in the sporting world, based on published attendance figures.

Vinyl Review – Asia

Access All Areas – Asia (Vinyl Picture Disc)
Demon Records & Access All Areas have released a special range of limited edition Picture Discs – and we’re lucky enough to review some of the titles here.  Time for Asia…


Rock history records Asia as the first supergroup of the Eighties, a leviathan that sold more than six million copies of its eponymous first album in little more than a year thanks to a combination of classic radio-friendly pop songs and virtuoso musicianship. Founder members John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Geoff Downes link with guitarist Pat Thrall to present a live greatest hits, from the three major singles – ‘Heat Of The Moment’, ‘Only Time Will Tell’ and ‘Sole Survivor’ – from their first album through to later highlights ‘Go’ and ‘Voice Of America’.
We’ve hand-picked some of the hardest rocking and most sort after performances and cut them to limited edition heavyweight picture discs. Each record will be limited to 500 copies worldwide and feature the hits and soaring moments from the live recordings in these very special collectors items.
Track Listing:
Sole Survivor
Voice Of America
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Only Time Will Tell
Don’t Cry
Days Like These
The Heat Goes On
Heat Of The Moment

The album is also available on Spotify and also in a CD/DVD set, both have four tracks not featured on the vinyl – Wildest Dreams, Time Again, Prayin’ For a Miracle, and Open Your Eyes – it’s a shame, Wildest Dreams has not been included, it’s a good track.
The full Central Television concert has been uploaded to You Tube by Demon Records, click here to watch.
‘Sole Survivor’ pops up first – and it’s an loud and upbeat start to the record – a catchy track and for me, probably the best out of the eight you can hear. ‘Don’t Cry’ was Asia’s biggest hit in the UK, reaching number 33 in August 1983, spending five weeks in the charts. It’s memorable, and a chorus that stays with you, this live version is good too.
Speaking of Asia UK chart singles (there were only four of them), ‘Only Time Will Tell’ only reached number 54 in the UK charts back in 1982 – which seems a little harsh, but the charts back then were so competitive. In the same week ‘Only Time Will Tell’ reached 54, Billy Idol was at number 58 with ‘Hot in the City’… a brilliant song which didn’t get any higher in the charts.
‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ is a slower affair, as is ‘Voice of America’.
‘Go’ is another song full of life – which ends Side 2 and our flashback 25 years or so in time. Another interesting addition to the ‘Access All Areas’ series – if you’re an ‘Asia’ fan already, then you don’t need me to tell you this is a release well worth picking up.
Asia – Access All Areas has been released by Demon Records and is available from all good record stockists.

Front Runner This Week

Front Runner is the UK’s only free-to-air sports channel on Freeview Channel 91.  Many thanks to Front Runner for sending the information to us – these are the highlights for the week ahead.

They have some great MMA and boxing coming up this weekend, synopses and times below…

Friday 23.00  – Fights From The Vault: FCC14

Fight Life TV presents a highlights package of Full Contact Contender 14 at the Macron Stadium in Bolton. Includes Matt Inman vs Dez Parker and Jordan Desborough vs Declan Williams.

Saturday 23.00 (and repeated Monday 21.00) – Fights From The Vault: ACB 43


Fight Life TV brings you an exclusive screening of Absolute Championship Berkut 43: Battle of the Sura at the Dizel Arena in Penza, Russia. Headlined by Musa Khamanaev vs Bruce Boyington.

Sunday 21.30 – Behind The Fighter: Andy DeVent


Fight Life TV documentary series exploring the lives of Britain’s greatest combat sport athletes. This week, UK MMA legend Andy DeVent opens up about his prolific career in the cage.

Catch me on the Radio this Christmas!

The transmission time for my Christmas quiz on BCB Radio confirmed! You can catch the show on Christmas Eve afternoon at 3pm-4pm. My first show for BCB since February 2012! You can listen in Bradford at 106.6FM and online at and also via the Radio Player and Tunein apps. If you want to say hello to someone or have a song request… drop me a message. Don’t forget to tune in… And have your pens and paper ready to join in with the quiz during the show – no prizes… all festive fun! Chris

Sport on Freeview W/C Nov 10th 2016



13:30 – 16:00 Channel 4 Horse


Channel 4 Racing


From Cheltenham

and Doncaster.

  14:30 – 17:30 BT


Football BT Sport Score Football Updates
  16:00 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football Updates
  22:30 – 23:50 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Leicester v Manchester City.


09:00 – 13:00 BBC Red


Athletics European Cross



Live coverage.
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman.
  15:50 – 16:50 BBC2 Athletics European Cross



  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Impact Coverage ends on Challenge this month.
  22:30 – 23:45 BBC1 Football Match of the

Day 2


include Man U

v Spurs.



12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Scottish Open LIVE Day 1 of the

Home Nations


  23:55 – 00:55 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights.


11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker Scottish Open Highlights from

Monday evening.

  12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Scottish Open LIVE Day 2 of the Home Nations tournament.
  13:00 – 13:45 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Review of 2016.
  19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red


Football Final Score Football updates.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 General NFL This Week


11:45 – 12:45 Quest Snooker Scottish Open Highlights from Tuesday evening.
  12:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Scottish Open LIVE Day 3 of the Home Nations tournament.
  22:45 – 00:25 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Highlights include Middlesborough v Liverpool.


10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker Scottish Open Highlights from Wednesday evening.
  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Scottish Open


Day 4 of the Home Nations tournament.
  19:00 – 20:00 Channel 5 General Ultimate


Team World


  22:45 – 23:45 BBC1 General Sports Personality The Contenders

for this year’s title.



10:45 – 11:45 Quest Snooker Scottish Open Highlights from

Thursday evening.

  11:45 – 17:30 Quest Snooker Scottish Open


Day 5 of the Home Nations tournament.
  20:00 – 22:30 BBC Red


General Equestrian Olympia’s

International Horse Show