an has been a volunteer at Newport City Radio even before it was called Newport City Radio. A singer, presenter and now blogger, Ean has been scouring the internet for the stuff he loves – and this is his blog. Over to you Mr Johnson!
It’s been a hot summer and I’ve been chillin’ and clearin’ up at Newport City Radio. I’m the only one at Newport City Radio who regularly cleans up so Lamsie says I’m indispensable, incorrigible and indestructible. I’ve been at Newport City Radio since 1999 as a volunteer so I must be the longest serving volunteer, and I’ve been a radio DJ playing urban music. This summer I’ve been with the radio station to the Maindee Festival with all the other volunteers and we helped out selling candy floss and running stalls. We’ve got several other gigs lined up and I’ll be enjoying eating burgers and minglin’ (although I’ve got to watch my weight and stop eating the burgers).
I’m starting my voluntary work at Cineworld, Spytty Park and I’ll be learning all about taking tickets, selling ice-cream, being a bouncer, collecting my time sheet, and cleaning up again. I live by myself independently, but see my Mum, Janet, quite a lot. She works at Tesco on the fish counter and won the Gold Fish Award in 2017. Here’s a picture of her with her Award.
One of the best things I did this summer was visiting Barry and Bristol with Mum where we relaxed on the beach and went to the Bristol Festival. I didn’t like the food – the fish was too salty, but liked the festival. Then I went to Wimbledon by myself on Wednesday 11th June where I got a free ticket and stayed in a Hotel. I saw a Ladies Singles match but the best bit was having strawberries and cream. Back to the gym.
My Dad and Mum have shown me how to learn about food from different cultures. He comes from Jamaica and my Mum is from Wales. I was born in London and this makes for great food diversity in my diet. My Dad used to cook for me when I was young and made cornmeal porridge, fried dumpling, Ackee and Saltfish and a whole range of Jamaican food, and he usually made my breakfast. My Mum made dinner with traditional Welsh stuff like mashed potatoes and fish and chips, but Dad didn’t eat this because he thought it was bland. This month, I’ve really been interested in Takiyoki, which is a Japanese dish, and I ate it in a Greek restaurant owned by my godfather. I had to eat it with chopsticks, but I’m not good at this and I had to stab it and shove it in my mouth. It’s a dumpling dish, the original has Octopus in it but it’s also made with different ingredients and there’s a sweet variety.
Here are some links to some recipes:
My favourite track is Automaton by Jamiroquai. I like how JK the vocalist, dances and I like the rhythm. Otherwise, my favourite dancer is MC Hammer who went to my old school in Stockwell and picture.
I love John Wayne. His original real name was Marion Mitchell Morrison which amuses me because I think it sounds very feminine, yet John Wayne was a really macho actor and man. He was the quintessential cowboy, and he always played a noble character. From the iconic Stagecoach (1939) through the other great Ford Westerns such as She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) to the warm bonhomie of Howard Hawks’ Westerns: Red River (1949) and Rio Bravo (1959), he embodied the American ideal, albeit flawed - as in The Searchers (1956), where his portrait of the hero Ethan, uncovers the racial problems behind the myth of the West. What I like about him is that as a law maker and leader he only needed one shot to finish the job.
I love Total Recall with Arnie. He’s a real badass and I admire him as an actor and the character he plays.
- The John Wayne film, The Green Berets was set in which war?
- Who is the lead singer in Jamiroquai?
- What is the main ingredient in Lavabread?
Catch Ean (DJ EJ) every Saturday from 1pm with Lamsie.
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