Category Archives: Music

1989 – a great year for music

I’ve just been watching TOTP – The Story Of 1989 on BBC4. 1989 was the year I started reading Sounds and Melody Maker regularly (my mother had previously banned me from reading both publications, even though she occasionally bought them … Continue reading

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My 46th birthday

I saw the new year in watching the Jools Holland hootenanny on BBC2 – in which Rick Astley did his version of Ain’t Too Proud To Beg as well as reiterating his famous list of things he’s never gonna do, … Continue reading

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Christmas 2019

The run-up to this Christmas was dominated by two things: 1. An election which a racist haystack won by a landslide. 2. A fuse having put my cooker out of action, so I was cooking using my George Foreman grill … Continue reading

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TV preview for this weekend and June 3rd

This weekend, there will as usual be a lot of programmes on British television. These will include an episode of the world’s greatest-ever sitcom Dad’s Army and lots of gripping snooker – as well as the news, which hopefully will … Continue reading

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Christmas, birthday and Star Wars

I had delicious beetroot bake for Christmas dinner. For presents I got Tim Marshall’s book about football chants Dirty Northern B*stards / Soft Southern B*stards, lemonade-scented shower gel and £15. I’m still reading John Fisher’s biography of Tommy Cooper (which … Continue reading

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Update on previous posts

The subtitles on my television haven’t disappeared or frozen for ages – presumably, as I am aware that a lot of people have expressed concern about disappearing / freezing subtitles, they must have done work on the transmitter. Because of … Continue reading

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About free gifts – Part 2: Absolute tat

As promised, here’s part 2 of my guide to the best and worst free gifts. This part is about the shonkiest, crappiest free gifts. In no particular order, here goes: HORRIBLE LITTLE MASKS: At around the same time as I … Continue reading

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