GM Foods Debate (Norwich)

A group of experts from both sides of the GM divide argue their case for best solving the impending world food shortage. The discussion was recorded at the John Innes Centre in Norwich in December 2012 and was chaired by John Shrive.  The participants were:

Professor Cathie Martin of the University of East Anglia, group leader at the John Innes Centre, Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell

Dr Charlie Clutterbuck, Fellow, Food Policy, City University London

Dr Rupert Read,  Reader in the UEA School of Philosophy, Chair of the Green House thinktank, and Green Party MEP candidate

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Behind the Blue Door

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In March 2009, in a small backwater near Hammersmith, a copper pot still, the first in London for almost 200 years, was born and christened Prudence.   

Sam Galsworthy and his partner, Fairfax Hall, together with master distiller Jared Brown, were the driving force behind what became a multi-award winning gin known as Sipsmith.

 

This is Sipsmith's story (with a nod of thanks to Stanley Kubrick's '2001- A Space Odyssey').

 

Valencia Market
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Valencia market in Spain. One of the great indoor markets in Europe, its enormous area houses virtually every type of food available.

The Happiest Days of Your Life

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The magisterial Margaret Rutherford quizzing a hapless Alastair Sim about digestive biscuits.

Panis Angelicus

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César Franck's Panis Angelicus (Celestial Bread), sung by Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Shrive, was recorded at the Basilica of Sainte Clothilde in Paris. It was at this church that Franck became organist in 1858, a post he held until his death in 1890.

 

 

 

 

Richard's Beef

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Richard Craig on misleading wine label terminology.

Vielles Vignes, Reserve Wine, Cuvée.  Do they have any real meaning?

 

 

Five Easy Pieces

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One of the truly great food scenes in modern cinema. Jack Nicholson somehow manages to be both patient, sarcastic and frightening all at the same time.

Richard's Wine Challenge
Richard Wine ChallengeRichard Craig, Master of Wine student, will attempt to identify a series of mystery wines against the clock.

Part One - How to go about it

Part Two - Against the clock

Part Three - Win some, lose some

Part Four - Close but no cigar

 

GM Foods Debate (Holt)

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As part of our series on GM foods,  we filmed a discussion between Professor Jonathan Jones, FRS, and Peter Melchett, Policy Director of the Soil Association, outlining their opposing views on this issue.  The meeting was hosted by John Shrive,  at Nelson House in Holt, Norfolk.

 

No attempt has been made by us to edit the material and, as a result, the video is over an hour in length.   It has been divided into parts for ease of viewing.

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Richard Craig's Wine of the Week - No.2

Two Classics from the anything but "classic" The Winery, Maida Vale  020 7286 6475 

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Champagne Carte d'Or NV, Amyot. £18.99


This Champagne is a "GROWER CHAMPAGNE" made from grapes grown and vinified by the name of the producer on the bottle. The Winery specialise in these. No Grande Marque multi, mega blends here! The current shipment of Amyot  is fresh, crisp and lively with attractive red current fruit acidity and a lingering gentle finish. It is 100% Pinot Noir, a true blanc de Noir!  This is in contrast to the previous shipment, which had a delicious creaminess with depth and complexity but without the raciness.  That is what you get with these very individual grower Champagnes, produced to the best quality possible, but with a little variation more often or not to do with the time/date of degorgement when the sediment created by the secondary fermentation is expelled and a wine and sugar solution is added. The more recently that this is done, the fresher, more lively the Champagne is the normal rule of thumb. Anyway, this is a delicious drinking physio suitable for many outdoor pursuits.

 

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Chablis 2008 Mosnier £15.99

This is top class minerally, dry, dry Chablis, no oak , fresh acidity balanced with restrained and pure fruit.  Stephanie Mosnier gave up her job in logistics to take over her father's domaine in the small village of Beine. Unlike many a modern Chablis, this one actually goes well with seafood and makes a bracing aperitif.