Ronnie’s American Hustle – Episode 3

This time Ronnie and Matt are in Memphis and it’s another fantastic episode.

From Elvis Presley to Martin Luther King Jr, from building cues to playing the Scorpion, from cooking barbecues to a slow boat trip on the Mississippi, reading Mark Twain … it has something for everyone.

You can watch it here

The part that touched me most was the visit at the Human Rights Museum. Ronnie’s and Matt’s emotion were very strong and clearly totally genuine. I was 13 when Martin Luther King was assassinated, I can still remember the shock and the sadness I, like so many, felt. I cried … and I don’t cry easily.

Ronnie’s Sunday

Ronnie was in on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch yesterday speaking snooker, American Hustle and … cooking.

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Here is what they cooked:

Sea Bream With Tomatoes, Basil and Mint

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Serves 2 – 4

Ingredients

4 sea bream fillets

oil to fry

salt & pepper

100g butter

about 6-8 plum tomatoes cut into 5mm rounds

100ml olive oil

1 green chilli, sliced into rounds

3 cloves sliced garlic

250ml white wine

juice and zest of 2 limes

20g mint

20g basil

serve with crusty buttered bread

Method

1. To prepare the fish, oil the fish and season. Cook for 2 minutes each side, then baste with butter and drain.

2. For the tomatoes, heat half the olive oil until warm. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Add the tomatoes and chilli and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add the wine and cook approximately for 10 minutes until the tomatoes begin to break down.

5. Take off the heat, add lime and herbs.

6. Serve the fish on top of the tomatoes and serve with crusty buttered bread

He also talked a bit of his career, insisting that it’s hard work that earned him professional success and promoting his  American Hustle show. Going by reactions on twitter it was very funny. Not sure though that his comparison between snooker and pool using a golf analogy will go down well with Earl Strickland. Apparently, snooker is like playing in the Open in Augusta, whist pool is like playing crazy golf… mmm …

The episode is available (for 30 days starting yesterday) here but you need to register with them AND to have an address in the UK or Ireland … In this time and era, I don’t understand such restrictions! Grrr !!!

If the above doesn’t work for you either, there is this with just the part of the show involving Ronnie…

American Hustle … frustration, China Open qualifiers and desecration of an icon

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Today, the first (of four) episode of Ronnie’s American Hustle will be out on HistoryUK channel at 10pm (UK time).  Most of us will not be able to watch it unfortunately, which is a shame because, going by the trailers, it’s very funny and very interesting. If you are looking for a streaming … you will find out that you can indeed register to watch it online … but only if you are a UK resident. The rationale behind such restrictive policies in today’s global world are beyond my understanding. Why?

Anyway, yesterday they published this very interesting podcast featuring John Virgo, David Hendon and Ronnie himself.

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Tonight Ronnie will play James Cahill in the China Open qualifying round. Earlier this week, Ali Carter’s manager was reflecting that, for top players who had just been competing in the Masters, in Ally Pally, going to battle it out in qualifiers in front a scarce audience, is coming down with a hard bump and that it was very hard to be up for it. In the end, Ali was lucky: his opponent withdrew, so he didn’t need to make the trip to Preston.

Ronnie doesn’t like the 128 tour, he doesn’t like to play in those qualifiers – none of the top guys do – and he’s obviously busy with the promotion of his American Hustle series, so,  I’m not expecting a great performance, although he should go through.

The venue is the Preston Guildhall, the former house of the UK Championship and the place where it all started for Ronnie, still only 17, when he won his first ranking title. It’s an iconic place. Shaun Murphy claimed he was “excited” to return there. Really Shaun? I find it awkward and unsettling more than anything else. This iconic venue, poorly lit, with partitions, almost empty, without any atmosphere … it’s a kind of desecration. Would you be excited to see “qualifying partitions” in a dark/empty Crucible? I don’t for sure. It won’t happen of course, the Crucible is far too small for that. But, well, you get the feeling …

 

Ronnie back on the radio + WPBSA competition to win a signed copy of “Framed”

Ronnie will be back on PhoenixFM at 6pm (UK time) with Chris Hood for the next instalment of Midweek Matchzone. 

Also Worldsnooker organises a competition today

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Ronnie O’Sullivan’s first novel Framed was published by Orion last month and we’ve got a signed copy to give away to one lucky fan.

For a chance to win, just follow us on twitter @WorldSnooker1, look out for our competition tweet today (December 29) and retweet it – we’ll then pick then winner at random.

Framed

Here’s a synopsis of Framed…

Frankie James is a young man with a lot on his shoulders. His mother disappeared when he was fifteen; his father’s in jail for armed robbery; and he owes rent on the SoHo snooker club he inherited to one of London’s toughest gangsters, and now things are about to get a whole lot worse.

His brother Jack turns up at the club early in the morning, covered in someone else’s blood, with no memory of the night before, and with the cops hard on his heels. With Jack banged up, awaiting trial for the vicious murder of a bride-to-be – a murder that’s sparked an even more vicious gang war between London’s two foremost crime families – Frankie knows a conviction could quickly turn into a death sentence.

To prevent that from happening, he needs to find out who framed Jack and why, but that means entering the sordid world of bent coppers, ruthless mobsters and twisted killers that he’s tried all his life to avoid getting sucked into. Now, however, he no longer has any choice. But in the dog-eat-dog underworld of 1980s SoHo, is he tough enough, and smart enough to come out on top?

A day of interviews

Ronnie was yesterday morning on ITV for “Good morning Britain”, talking about his last novel, “Framed”, as well as snooker and life in general.

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The “Good Morning Britain” team shared the link to the show on their twitter account.

After that Ronnie was on talksport radio, with Alan Brazil on SportBreakfast

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It’s available on the Show’s Facebook page here :

It was a very positive interview, where Ronnie re-affirmed his love for his sport, praised fellow pros and tipped young Zao Xintong to become a World Champion soon. He also talks about his show on History Channel, American Hustle.