Sunday, 20 December 2015

References to the Kenwood Chef and other Kenwood Products in Popular Culture

Foot (Victor Spinetti) using a Kenwood Knife Sharpener before cutting Ringo's finger off in the Beatles 1965 film "Help!" 
Here is an ever-growing list of mentions of Kenwood or Kenwood products, or examples of where the name or products are seen in popular culture:
  • Kenwood knife sharpener used in The Beatles film "Help!"
  • Kenwood Chef seen at the start of Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits"
  • Kenwood Chef seen in the kitchen of "Fawlty Towers"
  • A Kenwood Chef makes an appearance in 'Are You Going to be More Permanent?', a 1965 episode of Danger Man alongside Susan Hampshire.
'Are You Going to be More Permanent?', a 1965 episode of Danger Man alongside Susan Hampshire
  • Kenwood Chef mentioned in an episode of "Only Fools and Horses"
  • Kenwood features in one of Tim Vine's one-liner jokes
  • Kenwood Chef seen in Peter Sellers' film "Hoffman"
  • Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet, always used a Kenwood Chef on his TV show
  • Kenwood products have appeared in many other TV cooking shows e.g. Raymond Blanc
  • The Lancashire Hotpot's video "Black Friday":

    Getting punched for a half price Kenwood Chef

  • Kenwood adverts from the 1960s appear in many books and Facebook posts about politically incorrect advertising
  • Kenwood usually have a stand at the Goodwood Revival Festival
  • The Kenwood 'kMix' Mixer is used on the Great British Bake Off TV show
  • There is a band called 'Kenwood and the Mixers'
  • The closing credits of the film "A Fistful of Fingers" by Edgar Wright (who also made Shaun of the Dead, The World's End and Hot Fuzz): 

    Food Mixer - Ken Wood

    Closing credits of "A Fistful of Fingers"
"So Pissed Off With Love" performed by Victoria Wood and Dennis Lawson

The lyrics of Victoria Wood's "So Pissed Off With Love" include the line:
"We don't need a ref. You can take the Kenwood Chef. Just get your pimply bottom through that doorway!" 

  • A 1969 Kenwood Chef appears in ITV's 2017 series "Tina & Bobby"

  • If you come across any more, please let me know via johnalexwood@gmail.com


    Tuesday, 22 September 2015

    Dinner with Saddam (Press Night)

    Dinner with Saddam at the Menier Chocolate Factory London
    What a treat it was to see such a great play by the mighty Anthony Horowitz, and then meet him and all the cast afterwards. An added bonus was to have even more celebs to meet at the after party! And I got a photo with all of them (except Ian Hislop and Meera Syal) and every member of the cast.

    I found Dinner with Saddam extremely funny and thought provoking. I loved it! It makes sharp comments about family life and politics, occasionally venturing into farce, laced with some very witty lines. It's also pretty tense at times! It has a very clever story line and each character is wonderful - what a great cast they've assembled for this show! 

    Go and see it! I guarantee you an excellent night out. 

    I see the play has got itself a well-deserved 5-star review on What's On Stage!

    See also: Review: Dinner With Saddam **** - Jewish News

    Click here for more photos from the Press Night.


    With Anthony Horowitz and Amanda Redman
    Sanjeev Bhaskar with Steven Berkoff being photographed by Rex
    Pretty much the whole cast & crew being photographed by Rex
    With Rebecca Grant (Rana Alawai) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (Ahmed Alawai)
    With Steven Berkoff (Saddam Hussein)
    With Nathan Amzi (Jammal)
    with Shobu Kapoor (Samira Alawai)
    With Ilan Goodman (Sayid Al-Madini/Hasif Assultani/Colonel Farouk)
    With Ryan Early (look him up yourself on IMDb!)

    Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    That 'flesh wound' line in MI5 is NOT a Python reference, but Chris McQuarrie IS a Python Fan!


    Isn't it wonderful the way Twitter allows you to reach out to celebs, those in the public eye or others who ordinarily would be completely unreachable? It's even more wonderful that, in some cases, you even get a reply!

    Here's a case in point: I couldn't help noticing that in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (aka MI5), there's the line "It's only a flesh would." It's in the scene just after the high drama in the opera house.

    I decided to find out whether this was a Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Black Knight) reference, so I asked the film's director, Christopher McQuarrie, on Twitter, and he replied!


    Christopher McQuarrie's a Python fan... #Respect!

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015

    O2 Shepherds Bush London: Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy & Tony Visconti 30 June 2015







    I'm a big Bowie fan, particularly of the album Aladdin Sane. On one holiday as a teenager back in the 70s, I only had one one cassette to listen to while sunbathing; it was Aladdin Sane. I listened to it again and again and quickly began to realise it was really special! I loved every track (which I can't say about many albums) and still do today with a passion. It will always be one of my all-time favourite albums.

    Unfortunately I never saw Bowie live, but last night's gig pretty close. Woody Woodmansey's Holy Holy band were on fire! I got to see two tracks from Aladdin Sane performed live for the first time (Time and Watch That Man) and loads of other big Bowie favourites: Man Who Sold The World, Life on Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust and the concert ended with the huge sound of Suffragette City.

    After the gig, the whole band (almost) signed albums and posters, posed for photos and chatted with fans for ages!

    The warmth and affection the audience had for the band, and especially for Woody, was palpable. It was also very moving to see tributes paid to the two deceased members Spiders from Mars, Mick Ronson (two members of his family were in the band!) and Trevor Bolder.

    An added bonus to the evening was to see both Marc Almond and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet on stage singing several numbers! It was a shame David couldn't be there too, but I have to say Glenn Gregory (of Heaven 17) did a really excellent job as his replacement ;-)

    I learned last night that David & the Spiders used to play a live medley of songs that included Oh! You Pretty Things and All The Young Dudes that David wrote and gave to Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople). Pleasantly surprised to see that, because I saw Ian Hunter live recently and my mate Steve Holley is his drummer. Here's my clip of All The Young Dudes last night:

    video

    The sound quality was superb, so #respect to the sound guy! And what a treat to see and hear so many amazing and highly talented musicians on stage.  I'd also like to say #respect in particular to Paul Cuddeford, Berenice Scott and James Stevenson - and of course to Woody.

    I wish the band all the very best for their forthcoming tour of Japan.

    Monday, 4 May 2015

    Yom HaShoah UK 2015


    On Sunday 19th April, I was honored to attend Yom Hashoah UK, a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, at the Barnet Coptnall Stadium, London.

    The event was attended by 5000 people making it the UKs largest ever Holocaust Commemoration. Also in attendance were 150 survivors and refugees.

    I attended the event to represent my father, Major Leonard Berney, who recently wrote his memoirs of his experience as one of the liberators of Bergen-Belsen.



    One of the attendees was Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who was a survivor of Belsen and was also interviewed, like my father Leonard Berney, for the film 'Night Will Fall'.


    London Mayor Boris Johnson filmed a speech especially for the event


    Local Jewish schoolchildren ended the event singing a specially written song for the occasion


    Eva Behar - Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen Survivor - ended the event with a moving speech:
    "If people, today, would just remember to respect each other, whatever creed, colour or nationality or whatever they are, instead of this hate that goes on... the world would be such a better place, because hate is a terrible thing."


    For more information please visit:

    http://www.yomhashoah.org.uk/

    You can buy Liberating Belsen Concentration Camp by (former) Lt-Colonel Leonard Berney R.A. T.D. from Amazon UK

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015

    Like A Storm's first UK gig at the start of their European Tour

    Like A Storm merchandise
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    Sunday 15th March 2015 - Electric Ballroom, Camden, London:
    It was so good to meet these guys - the biggest New Zealand rock band ever! And it was especially wonderful to see my nephew Zach Wood again. He's Like A Storm's drummer! He lives in LA so we don't get to see each other very often. It was the first time I've seen him perform and it was such a joy - I'm a very proud uncle! And it was such an amazing experience to see him signing autographs after the show! He's on his way to becoming a big rock star!

    I really enjoyed Like A Storm's set, especially Love The Way You Hate Me. They are an exciting new band with lots of promise, clearly on their way to the big time!

    The sound check
    Harry and Zach... cousins


    Harry being a model
    Steve Wood, Chris Brooks, Harry Wood
    Gemma's backstage pass on her er.... T-shirt
    The audience is waiting to be let in
    The billing (Like A Storm are opening for Black Veil Brides)
    Like A Storm in concert
    The crowd are loving it!

    Zach with Riitta
    Zach signing autographs
    Zach being admired by the fans
    Zach & Harry - they hadn't seen each other in years
    Zach signing more autographs
    Zach being adored by more fans
    This guy asked for his arm to be signed by the band!
    Like A Storm with friends and family

    Monday, 16 March 2015

    Steel Panther Headlines at Wembley Arena

    Steel Panther at Wembley!
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    Saturday 14th March, Wembley Arena: The show was outrageous of course, and hilarious.

    When we first saw what we thought was the band on stage, we were all collectively worried for a moment that all four members had shrunk! In fact, they had hired 4 "little people" (is that the politically correct term nowadays?) dressed up as Steel Panther! What a really funny prank and a highly original way to open the show. Roadies then chased them off stage but they came back on for the finale.

    Satchel made me laugh so much! He is such a comedian! "You are definitely the best audience we've had all week."

    During the encore, Steve (brother) went on stage to present the band with an award for the vast number of records they have sold (almost impossible to achieve nowadays).

    I had a little chat with Stix the drummer afterwards. He remembered me from Download last summer!

    Gemma's backstage pass on her er... dress
    Gemma looking foxy just before Steel Panther came on stage
    Steel Panther "little people" tribute band with Steel Panther
    Steel Panther posing
    I took this picture because I liked the lights
    Satchel of Steel Panther making us laugh
    Girls on stage!
    Steve Wood (centre stage) presenting Steel Panther with their awards
    The grand finale
    Me with Michael Starr of Steel Panther last year at the Download Festival
    The support bands were also great!

    The Lounge Kittens
    Skindred
    Me with Benji Webbe of Skindred