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Month: April 2009

Ever since I first discovered YouTube, it’s been a source of astonishment and relief that the death of Tommy Cooper on live national television has not been uploaded. My astonishment and relief have come to an end, and it doesn’t make for comfortable viewing. I won’t supply a link, as I suspect it’ll be taken down pretty soon, only to be re-uploaded almost instantly. The really interesting thing is the way that the camera stays firmly on the slumped Cooper,…

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When I was a member of my university’s Labour Club, a few other members of that august institution tried to pass a motion of censure on me, for being close friends, nay housemates, with a known Tory. Even then, in the first flush of idealism, it seemed absurd to let political allegiance decide friendships, especially as my political allies were such a dull bunch socially. Now it seems even more mad, but still it goes on. “How can you talk…

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Many thanks to all of those who contacted me with notes and queries about Turned Out Nice Again to be borne in mind for the paperback edition. The corrections were finally, belatedly sent off this morning. The delay came partly from the fact that I was waiting on educated responses from a couple of respected individuals, and partly from the fact that there is precious little more boring than reading your own words for the fourth or fifth time. When…

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The front page of today’s Sun says “It’s time to let Jade rest in peace”. This, unfortunately, is not a statement of Snu policy, but a quote from Jack Tweed. As such, you can guarantee that News International has no intention of letting the poor dead sod rest at all. What an age we live in. Still, it’s not all bad. That bald head is just made to have ‘TURMOIL’ written on it.

Elsewhere, an LWT technician has explained that the company adapted a BBC microcomputer to aid with vision mixing. This set me wondering what the LWT micro would have been like. It would definitely have had a set of stairs on the top of the case, with chaser lights built in. And when you turned it on, you would have been greeted by the reassuring sound of Trish Bertram telling you what you’d done and A Well-Swung Fanfare. Having invented the…

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The Doddy experience reminded me of an LP that I had and played to death as a child, on my mum’s old Dansette. Music for Pleasure MFP1368 – Ken Dodd and the Diddymen – provided many happy hours of amusement in my formative years, not least the ‘Nikky-Nokky-Noo Song’ and the historical epic ‘Where’s Me Shirt?’. I’m not sure where it went. I think I might have worn it through. However, thanks to the Bay of E and the Royal…

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