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Month: June 2008

About 25 years ago (well, just over 26 years ago – 23 May 1982 – if you insist on precision), I saw a TV Times billing for a Tales of the Unexpected in which Derek Jacobi played a Pied Piper figure. My 8-year-old self thought “that looks good” and then acknowledged that I’d never be allowed to stay up late enough. I wasn’t, but the same episode turned up on ITV3 a few weeks back and, thankfully, I remembered to…

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This time last week, I was in Cornwall, with several quarts of St Austell brewery’s very fine Proper Job lapping around my back teeth. The occasion was the wedding of some friends and it all went off beautifully, despite the heavens opening during the marquee-bound ceremony, rendering the registrar inaudible. I didn’t even look at the television once during my stay, which would have been unthinkable even 6 years ago. One of the great excitements of my childhood holidays was…

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