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Paul O'Grady: 'You could torture me on the rack and I'd still refuse to eat balut'

16 April 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV presenter tells John Hind about his formative food experiences

I was a really picky eater as a child. Because I was obsessed by Popeye, my mum and aunts would put my food in a can to represent spinach and we'd hum the Popeye tune and then I'd happily eat it.

My Auntie Chrissie would knock up apple pies, cakes and scones with the radio on and a fag hanging out the corner of her mouth in a way that seemed effortless.

My primary school teacher once poured a bottle of curdled school milk forcefully down my throat. Then I threw it up all over her suede shoes. I'd rather have drunk from the spittoon in Barney's barber shop.

I've since been to every chippie in the north of England yet I've never tasted fish and chips as good as at Mrs Cunningham's in Birkenhead. Mrs Cunny, as we called her, »

- John Hind

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Grace Dent's TV Od: Take Me Out

21 January 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Take Me Out suggests Saturday night dating fever has moved on a bit since Cilla sorted out all those blind dates in the 90s

Are we ready to party?" shouts Paddy McGuinness on ITV1 matchmaking show Take Me Out (8pm, Sat, ITV1), "Then Bring On The Girls!" Over 13 episodes, Take Me Out – in all its shameful, neon, shouty, glorified knocking-shop splendour – has became a pivotal part of Saturday night TV. Millions of young singles are enjoying it pre-pub while knocking back vodka, and Febrezing items from the washing basket, joyous they're not as heinous as any of Paddy's contestants. Millions of older couples watch also, clinging on sofas mumbling, "Yes, we resent and abhor one another but, by God, let's make this love work. Look what the single world is like these days!"

Paddy's 30 single girls are certainly not, it's safe to say, a cross-section of British womankind. In fact, »

- Grace Dent

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