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Month: May 2008

Years ago, when I was trying to fill the shoes of Giles Gordon by writing the bulk of the book trade gossip for Private Eye‘s ‘Books and Bookmen’ column, I carried on one of GG’s many worthy crusades: providing the oxygen of publicity for Andrew Malcolm‘s laudable one-man campaign to get the charitable status and consequent tax exemption of the Oxford University Press revoked. Eventually, Ian Hislop got bored with the story, clearly believing that I’d become as obsessed as…

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What the hell. I’ve got the laptop on, so let’s blog live through Eurosong: 7.59pm – To get viewers in the mood for a night of Euro-frivolity, a self-flagellating BBC1 announcement about Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up phone voting. Does anyone really care? 8pm – Ah, the Wogan opens with an announcement in Serbian. In Lowestoft, a bottle of Lidl fizz is opened. The Baileys (well, the Lidl ersatz Baileys – or Queen Margot creme liqueur, to give its full,…

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Despite being straight, I’ve loved the Eurovision Song Contest since childhood. Eurosong remains a highlight of my year, tiding me over amply between General Election nights with the Dimblebys – my other great long-haul broadcasting enthusiasm. Having watched both semi-finals, I was peeved but not surprised to see Dustin the Turkey get knocked out. The song (and I’m being uncommonly generous by classifying it such) was crap, but it would have been glorious to hear Sir Tel’s reaction to the…

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Sticking with election broadcasts, I was disappointed to see Dimbleby Major winding up last week’s BBC1 coverage of the locals at 3.30-ish, a good 2.5 hours before he was scheduled to clock off. I don’t pay my licence fee so that he can slack. I was good to go right up to Breakfast, so should he have been. Jeremy Vine had to stay up, providing increasingly demented illustrations of voting trends as the dawn broke, although as I turned in,…

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