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He’s a Gover, not a fighter

He’s a Gover, not a fighter

Yesterday, the rather wonderful Tracey Macleod wrote in the Guardian about the experience of working with Michael Gove on the early 1990s Channel 4 satire show A Stab in the Dark. Understandably, it was traumatic. Hell, it was harrowing enough being a viewer, watching agog as nearly every line failed to get any sort of reaction from the audience. It was one of those shows where the best bit was the scenery. To this day, I can still whistle it….

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Pink oboe concerto

Pink oboe concerto

Smart work, Little Brown. The Michael Bloch biography of Jeremy Thorpe is out on 18 December. Thorpe co-operated with Bloch on the condition that the book would never appear in Thorpe’s lifetime. It’s been ready for ages, and appeared in the catalogue by mistake 15 years ago. Well, I say mistake. I have a feeling that someone at Little Brown had been tipped off that Thorpe wasn’t long for this world, and having met the cadaverous old spiv myself around…

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Pedantophiles of the world unite

Pedantophiles of the world unite

I know you should never read Amazon reviews of your books, but I gave way to temptation. The latest review reads as follows: “I learned quite a bit I didn’t know before but the validity of much of it has to be called into question by the author’s description of Les’s time in the army. He states that Dawson played the piano for the officers mess on ‘Cambrai Day’ because it was such an important day for a tank regiment…

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Runamile

Runamile

Surprise, surprise. The “dynamic, expressive and informed personalities, writers and commentators” being approached to contribute to Dom Joly’s shit new Menshn, Runaview, are being asked to provide their expertise and insight without recompense. This despite the fact that Runaview claims to be investing “over £100k in marketing”. This was challenged expertly on Twitter by music writer Joe Muggs, who had been approached to contribute. Joly responded rather in the manner of an ugly bloke spurned by an attractive woman, declaring…

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Creepy creep creeps

Creepy creep creeps

I’m not on Twitter at the moment, having decided to take October off in aid of a very worthy cause, but I’ve been alerted to this communication from erstwhile Culture Clubber Boy George. Seeing it, I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of the creepiest things a celebrity has ever done, which was when O’Dowd “falsely imprison[ed] a male escort by handcuffing him to a wall and beat…him with a metal chain”, receiving a 15-month jail sentence for doing…

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’tis the season to be Joly

’tis the season to be Joly

I do hope you’re all sitting down. A thrilling press release lands on the Cheeseford IT desk (well, I’ve only got one desk, but it sounds better this way) from Dom Joly’s people, alerting me to the yawnsome prankster’s new venture, Runaview.com. Due to launch next spring, it will be “where the key issues of each day will be discussed by those who understand them best” and is described as ” ‘Have I Got News For You’ meets ‘Rolling News’…

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