da5id: Thanks for all your replies :)
I do remember me and my brother cooking the popcorn in pots in the days before microwaves (we used to wear an onion on our belts, which was the style at the time).
I might try that again, or look at one of the popcorn makers :)
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler
Dont know about olive oil - I would think ricebran would be better myself...
mattwnz: Olive oil, at least the real extra virgin stuff, is not good for cooking with as it smokes. The poorer quality stuff you get from the super market which is yellow in colour in clear glass bottle though maybe ok for cooking . Real fresh extra virgin olive oil is green in colour, and yellows over time. Rice bran oil is probably best for cooking with.