Posted by sean on March 28, 2020 at 10:30 am in Pizza with No Comments


Claire and I tried one of those vegan pizzas in the week.

We are both vegetarian and are always on the lookout for meat alternatives – especially me, after turning veggie in 2018.

The recent vegan craze has given rise to lots of meat-free alternatives, many from plant-based ingredients. Some of these new creations have been very nice – the Burger King Rebel Whopper especially.

Therefore, when we saw a new vegan pizza in the Chicago Town ‘Takeaway’ range, our attention was caught.

We’re not vegans, but we both love a pizza. The ‘Sticky BBQ’ sauce was also a temptation for me.

As I was nearing the end of my carnivorous days, I ate a Chicago Town Takeaway pizza. I seem to recall it contained a BBQ sauce, as well as a lot of meat. I remember particularly enjoying this sauce.

I had tried jackfruit on pizza before. It wasn’t a success, but I was prepared to give it another chance, thinking that the sticky BBQ may bring out the best in this pretend meat.

The sauce did nothing to make jackfruit any more appealing. To make matters worse, the cheese wasn’t dairy. It was fake cheese.

“THIS IS FAKE CHEESE, FOLKS”

Before you all ask me what we expected from a vegan pizza – of course we knew that the cheese would be dairy-free. What we did not expect was for it to be horrible.

The pizza looked nasty and didn’t smell too good. I did try some, but it was barely a nibble – more of a lick.

I don’t think I’ll be buying fake cheese again. As for jackfruit…

Jackfruit is a terrible meat alternative. Linda McCartney would be spinning in her grave.

Posted by sean on March 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm in Leeds United with No Comments


There may be no football at the moment, but Sky still managed to cram in six hours of the sport on Sunday between midday and 6pm.

The only problem was, the footy in question was Leeds United highlights from this season, all played back-to-back.

You would have thought that I would have been ecstatic with the broadcast. In fact, I didn’t see most of it. When you’ve seen Leeds lose to Millwall once, you may as well have seen it five thousand times!

Posted by sean on March 27, 2020 at 12:27 pm in Coronavirus with No Comments


I was always a big fan of Gordon Ramsey. Notice how I said was.

As well as being entertaining, I once believed that he held strong moral values

Turns out that I was wrong

Once the pandemic is over, I won’t forget this…

Posted by sean on March 27, 2020 at 8:14 am in Television with No Comments


With scary stuff and tragedy taking place everywhere, the excuse to laugh again – if only for 25 minutes – is fantastic.

Friday Night Dinner couldn’t have been served at a better time…

Posted by sean on March 26, 2020 at 8:45 am in Coronavirus with No Comments


At the time of writing this blog post, 465 people in the UK have tragically died of coronavirus.

For many of these awfully sad deaths, the media have been all too ready to let us know that the deceased had ‘other health problems’.

I know that I am not the only one to find this phrase very insensitive. While it is almost certainly not the intention of whoever is reporting the death, I cannot help but feel that by giving us this extra nugget of information, we are supposed to find the passing of somebody with health issues less tragic than that of an individual who is normally fit and well.

Are those lucky enough to be in tip-top health, supposed to take comfort from the fact that the latest person to die from the virus, was already ill? “Never mind. If ‘corona’ hadn’t of gotten ’em, something else would. I’ll be alright!”.

In a way, I suppose we are all a little guilty of this. Have you ever caught a news headline, stating that a suicide bomber has blown himself up, killing seventy civilians? Your ears prick up at the awful news and you start to listen in horror… until you hear that the attack took place in Kabal.

Even the most humanitarian of individuals would find it difficult to distance themselves from this attitude. Look at the British sadness over the Manchester Arena Attack, compared to when a school in Syria is bombed. Both equally horrific. We cannot even justify this by telling ourselves that the Manchester attack was in the UK – not while we (rightly) continue to remember those who died on September 11th.

All life should be equal and all death treated as a tragedy – whether the deceased was rich or poor, already unwell or healthy, in London or Libya.

So, next time you read that somebody has died of coronavirus and that they had a pre-existing health condition, spare a thought for their loved ones – it certainly won’t matter to them that their father or mother, husband or wife, son or daughter was not fully fitness.

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