Browsed by
Month: January 2008

It pains me to admit this, but I’ve become jaded, musically speaking. This chap, who once pored over release schedules and went to the record shop most Mondays to pick up something farm-fresh, hasn’t bought anything new for ages. Don’t get me wrong. I still love a nice tune, but there’s just nothing being made today that makes me go ‘bloody hell, who’s that?’. The next CD I buy (do you want woofers and tweeters with it, grandad?) will be…

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I’m just working my way through Q6, Q7 and Q8, Spike Milligan’s BBC2 shows from the second half of the 1970s. A gangling presence in many of them is Chris Langham. His recent conviction makes no difference to my ability to enjoy his work as a comic performer. Judge the work, not the man – if the reverse were applied consistently, the world’s art galleries would be empty. Langham’s encounter with Dr Pamela Connolly on More4’s ‘Shrink Wrap’ made infinitely…

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There are times when I’m ashamed to be a journalist. This is one of them. How is ’75 year-old man goes shopping’ a news story? I bet the photographer has a whole memory card full of pictures where Mr Bough’s looking perfectly happy with his lot, but “Oooh, look. There’s one where he’s looking a bit pissed off because they’re out of sun-dried tomatoes/his pound jammed in the trolley. Let’s call it the tragic life of a forgotten broadcaster”. I’m…

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Ricky Gervais needs to make up his bleeding mind. Is he the ‘aw shucks’ regular guy that declares “I’m more famous than I should be”, or is he the hideously arrogant knob-end who states that he’s too good for British television? No, really. The exact words being “You know when you play tennis with someone who’s nowhere near as good as you, and you have to say, ‘Okay, you can play in the doubles area and I’ll only use one…

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