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Month: November 2008

Yesterday, I had a very illuminating conversation with Harry King of BBC Radio Cumbria. On Monday evenings, he presents a weekly delve into entertainment nostalgia, and wants to feature Turned Out Nice Again on his show. Which is nice. However, in a former life, Harry was a Border Television man, producing and directing programmes like Mr & Mrs and Look Who’s Talking for the ITV network. As ITV stands now, it’s astonishing to think that two popular network shows could…

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Last night was the Literary Review Bad Sex in Literary Fiction award, so this morning is the Literary Review Bad Sex in Literary Fiction award hangover. Over the last couple of years, the party’s been supported by Hendrick’s gin, and I’ve felt the need to support them in return. Ouch. Rachel Johnson – sister of Boris – won the prize, and John Updike – who’s been nominated for the award four times, got a lifetime achievement award in absentia, to…

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Today, I had my first eye test in five years. After the compressed air in the eyeball and the ‘clearer/more blurred’ thing with the different lenses, brer optician told me that my eyesight hadn’t changed at all since my last test, and that I needed new glasses only if I fancied a change or the old ones were falling apart. As it happens, I do fancy a change, as, like just about every other four-eyed git in Britain, I have…

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In his Sunday Telegraph review of Turned Out Nice Again, Peter Bazalgette thought I hadn’t concentrated enough on the independent production sector. As it turns out, it’s a good job I didn’t write any more than I did, because former National Museum of Photography, Film & Television curator and good chap Ian Potter has done a whole book on the subject. My copy’s on order, and I’ll report back further when I’ve read it, but I suspect it’ll be essential…

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I’ve expressed my alarm at the acres of coverage being given to John Sergeant’s exit from Strictly Come Dancing by adding to the acres of coverage with a piece in today’s Sunday Telegraph. With any luck, I’ll be forgiven any hypocrisy and opportunism for the fact that I seized the opportunity to suggest a robust British alternative to the awful Americanism ‘water cooler TV’. Long live the ‘tea-urn moment’. 200 cialis coupon is azithromycin ciprofloxacin pfizer viagra coupons from pfizer…

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Two reviews in today’s blatts. In the Times, Brian Schofield is unimpressed, but says so in such a reasonable and constructive manner that I can’t complain. In the Telegraph (not yet online), Sinclair McKay is full of enthusiasm, for which I thank him profusely. In other news, I can report with great pleasure that I have accepted a modest advance from a small left-wing press to pen an unauthorised biography of Jon Gaunt. ciprofloxacin side effects in women viagra 50mg…

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Danny Baker’s back on Saturday morning national radio, and it’s fab. It’s 1994 again, but in a good way. Zoe Ball’s not disgracing the set up, either. He’s currently reeling in the Radio 2 massive with all the greatest hits. A mate’s sent me a message to ask how long before he’s calling the register, and I reckon we’ll be on ‘How nuts is your mum?’ before too long. He’s not played this yet, but give it time. cipro uses…

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I’ve noticed that most of the comments on this blog come from people I know and with whom I have drunk, often heavily. If anybody else is chancing upon these ramblings, don’t be a stranger. Come say hello. ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg levitra vs viagra zithromax 500 mg what does viagra do zovirax ointment azithromycin 500 mg escitalopram 10 mg levitra what is acyclovir viagra canada side effects of lexapro acyclovir ointment 5 zoloft vs lexapro how to use viagra…

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So, John Sergeant has pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing. It was a lose-lose situation. His ongoing presence made a mockery of the dance competition, but his absence now makes a mockery of the voters’ wishes. Still, let’s keep a sense of proportion. It shouldn’t be the lead story on every bulletin, but it will be. If his exit is the result of a decent man deciding his own fate, fair enough, but if it was another case of the…

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Encouragingly, Amazon’s first order of Turned Out Nice Again has sold out, despite, or perhaps because of, my decision to add the “…this book is not worth reading” bit of Shabba Hanks’ Independent write-up to the product description underneath all the nice review quotes. Don’t panic, more copies are on order. I suspect the power of wireless helped enormously – many authors would sell a kidney to get two hours talking to East Anglia. Anyway, if you have bought it,…

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