‘Apples and Oranges’

After the serious and sombre nature of the previous post, a discussion I found really interesting and I thank you for making it so, here’s something to lighten the collective mood a little, returning us to charming frivolity and shameless banality.

‘Apples and Oranges’, the third single from Pink Floyd, was getting its first airplay in the UK on this day in 1967 (the single’s B-side is Richard Wright’s delightful ‘Paint Box’). So how about a colourful burst of songs with a fruit – or vegetable, it’s all good – in the titles or elsewhere in the lyrics, including also the name of the artists responsible? There are loads of them – and this is perhaps my favourite of them all: Fats Domino and ‘Blueberry Hill’.

As we’re all supposed to be eating five portions a day, five would be ideal.

– The Beatles, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’
– Black Grape, ‘Reverend Black Grape’
– Booker T. & The MGs, ‘Green Onions’
– Neil Diamond, ‘Cherry Cherry’
– Robert Wyatt, ‘Soup Song’

We’re not eating as much fruit and veg as we should, though, even though we all should know by now and are reminded often that it’s rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, high in fibre, as well as low in fat. Research also suggests that those who manage to incorporate a broad variety into their diets are less likely to develop chronic illnesses such as cardio-vascular disease and even some types of cancer. Do you believe it? Either way, your best tips on how to fit the good stuff into meals would be welcome, writing as someone who adds spinach to most meals.

For those of you in the UK who care about food miles and wish to eat only what’s in season, I happened to notice this calendar and thought it pretty nifty.

Photographs of amusingly misshapen produce are also allowed, nay, eagerly encouraged. Let’s laugh out loud today. It’s good for you.

The chatroom will be open tomorrow from 5pm (UK); I hope you can make it.