Don’t get Jackson Boxer started on oysters. Or Tabasco. Or radishes. Or any gastronomic topic for that matter. So filled with enthusiasm is the man currently being lauded as London’s hottest chef that even a casual mention of a foodstuff can trigger a soliloquy about foraging for molluscs or lead to a back-of-your-hand tasting of a special-edition hot sauce. It might even lead to a Proustian reverie about the ‘fiery, intense excitement’ of the first radish he grew himself on his granny’s farm. Strutting around the poured concrete floors of his rhapsodised-about new restaurant, St Leonards, in Shoreditch, in brown leather workmen’s boots, turned-up Uniqlo jeans and a white T-shirt, whistling along to Prince ‘sex jams’, 33-year-old Boxer seems in his element. He’s all double entendres, jovial winks for the make-up artist and jokes about when the naked part of the photo shoot will begin. Were it not for his grey oilcloth apron, he … [Read more...] about Chef Jackson Boxer on hedonism, fatherhood and falling in love
What makes a man fall in love
As a serial consumer of dating shows I could barely wait to dive into C4’s debut episode of A Year To Fall In Love last week. Having binged on The Bachelor, dined on Dinner Date, and committed my summer to the charms of Love Island, a programme that follows real life singletons as they travail The Tinder Age in a quest to find lasting romance seemed 100% my type on paper. In spite of moments of lightness found in the first episode, A Year to Fall in Love also bought some darker themes to the television table. Through the erratic and troubling behaviour of focal female Niki’s new paramour, A Year To Fall In Love demonstrated the very real threats faced by women who throw themselves at the mercy of the dating world and the inevitable stranger danger that accompanies it. At one point a visibly exhausted Niki tells the camera how, following a second date, a love interest refused to let her sleep, became enraged that she was not interested in having sex with him, and emotionally … [Read more...] about What ‘A Year To Fall In Love’ Shows Us About The Underside Of Dating
A MUM-OF-TWO and self-confessed man-hater who was sick of meeting "creeps" on Tinder went on a reality show to find love, but ended up falling for a former flame. Dannie Burns, 32, from Belfast, had dated her now-boyfriend David Heffron, 37, a year before appearing on A Year To Fall In Love - but had binned him off because she thought he was "too nice". Speaking to the Sun Online, the professional singer and kids' entertainer said: "I had met him on Tinder the Christmas before we started recording. "We went on a date and I didn't think he was my type. I thought he was a really lovely guy, but I found him too nice for me - so I didn’t want to pursue anything. "But we stayed in contact, we stayed friends and we were texting each other all the time. "We were bumping into each other in bars, meeting each other with our friends and having drinks, and he was the one laughing at me for going on the show. "He was like: ‘You are crazy, you’re bonkers. I … [Read more...] about Single mum-of-two goes on reality show A Year To Fall In Love… but ends up dating someone she binned off before
A PICKY singleton is demanding her suitors have a nice watch and lots of money in a new show that charts the rollercoaster that is love. With ages ranging from 22 to 33, everyone has their own story on Year To Fall In Love on Channel 4, which tracks the highs and lows of dating. Each person films themselves as they navigate the dating game, starting with Freddy, Sophie, Nick, Xander and Nikki. Sophie, a recruitment consultant from London, is looking for love after two failed long-term relationships. The 25-year-old reveals her boyfriend of four years slept with her best friend, and her next boyfriend of two years started sexting someone else. Despite her setbacks, she’s looking for love – but has very strict criteria. Single for a year, she says: “I just want someone that is good looking, financially secure. “Money in a relationship, I think – this is going to sound shallow – but I think it’s important. “They’ve got to … [Read more...] about ‘Shallow’ singleton on C4 show A Year To Fall In Love insists date has to have money and a nice watch
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote an opinion piece on the national team saying how English fans had become bored of the national team. Well, while they are hardly waking people from their slumbers right now, the last two friendlies have shown signs of promise from Gareth Southgate’s evolving side. Prior to Tuesday’s match with Italy, which ended in a 1-1 draw courtesy of a controversial late penalty for the Italians, Raheem Sterling called for some love for the national side. “I feel sometimes there’s a bit too much negativity,” he told a press conference ahead of the game. “I would love to hear some positive notes going in, just to make the boys know that everyone’s behind them.” Let’s get something right, Raheem. We are firmly behind you. The whole nation is behind you. In fact, the whole nation ALWAYS gets behind its football team, especially at a major tournament. Perhaps too much so. Remind me to tweet you pictures of … [Read more...] about Have England become the team Sterling wants us to fall in love with?