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Month: December 2007

I’m deeply saddened by the news of Kevin Greening’s premature demise. When he turned up on Radio 1 in the early 1990s, his bone-dry wit was a welcome counterpoint to the wacky but ultimately humourless cack that had gone before (Gary Davies’ Sloppy Bit, Willy on the Plonker, etc). I was a student at the time, and it took a lot to wake me before midday (no change there, then), but I regularly made the effort to catch at least…

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When it comes to the German people, one of the most enduring stereotypes is that they have no sense of humour. This is unfair and untrue. If nothing else, they are connoisseurs of slapstick, which explains the enduring popularity of Dinner for One, an old British music-hall sketch that the German television networks show every New Year’s Eve. The setting for the piece is the 90th birthday party of an aristocratic female called Miss Sophie. Her table is set for…

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I’m not sure whether this qualifies as a Christmas song, but it’s easily my favourite piece of music with ‘Christmas’ in the title. And what a title, too. Ladies and gentlemen, get festive with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and their pub singalong from the Planet Zanussi, ‘There’s No Lights on the Christmas Tree, Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight’. azithromycin vs erythromycin lexapro and weight gain in women cipro and tendonitis acyclovir medication azithromycin pediatric dosing azithromycin side effects…

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Another beauty from Wikipedia, this time from the entry for Pope Benedict XVI:Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI, born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, the spiritual head of the Catholic Church, and as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State.[1] He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica…

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In response to the Andrew Gold cover in this post on The Urban Woo’s blog, here’s Gold and Graham Gouldman (Say what you like about 10CC – I ruddy love ’em – but he wrote Bus Stop, and that’s enough to warrant the keys to heaven as far as I’m concerned) on TOTP in 1987, miming to the majestic ‘Bridge to Your Heart’. What didn’t strike me fully at the time was how much the man who wrote ‘Bus Stop’…

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This morning, while putting the bins out, I was rewarded with the most startling sight. Paul Rutherford from Frankie Goes to Hollywood tarmacing the pavement. Well, you’ve got to have some rough trade to fall back on. cialis savings card ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg tab escitalopram effets secondaires post finasteride syndrome viagra vs cialis tamoxifen nebenwirkungen what is tamoxifen azithromycin cost what is ciprofloxacin prescribed for azithromycin 500 acyclovir ointment 5 viagra samples viagra for women zovirax for cold sores…

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While I’m in a YouTube jazz kind of mood, here are some other clips that have caught my eyes and ears. We’ll kick off with Ella Fitzgerald in London in 1965, with the Johnny Spence orchestra and the much-missed Tubby Hayes on tenor saxophone. I’m happy to report that you can see the whole show from which this performance comes on BBC4 on Christmas Eve at 9.30pm, following a documentary about Ella. That Ella Fitzgerald Sings special was a Terry…

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Jazz appeals to a niche audience, and this is why legendary figures can be found playing regularly in pubs and clubs with no need for giant video screens or opera glasses. I’ve lost count of the happy hours spent at the Bull’s Head in Barnes listening to Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins, with Andy Cleyndert on bass and Stan’s son Clark on drums, and a host of special guests including Guy Barker, Don Weller and Ben Castle (son of Roy,…

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Recent spurious revelations about the harmlessness of binge drinking while pregnant apart, we all know that the best policy for a modern, expectant mother is to retire to bed for the whole nine months, padding the abdomen well with cotton wool. How different it was in 1968, according to the British Medical Association’s You and Your Baby part 1. According to modern advice, liver is a no-no, because of the high concentration of vitamin A. In 1968, mothers-to-be were advised…

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