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Month: February 2012

The tenth Qualcast

The tenth Qualcast

After a brief hiatus, we return to celebrate Matt’s new Fleet Street appointment, touching on the hidden versatility of Colin ‘Private Sponge’ Bean, Anita Harris’ gin preferences, Ken Jones and Eric Chappell in Hollywood, and the terrible fate of good old Bertie Bassett, no longer Britain’s greatest asset.

More trials and triumphs

More trials and triumphs

Lynn Barber has reviewed The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson in today’s Sunday Times. It’s a stinker of a review and she says I’ve managed to make an interesting subject seem dull. In particular, she has a problem with the full list of Blankety Blank guests. Fair enough. I like that level of detail. She doesn’t. The only real problem I have with her review is that it’s one of those that summarises the book’s content and saves the…

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FFS

FFS

Saturday saw the first bit of press attention for The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson, in the form of a review in the Daily Telegraph by Michael Holden. My prose style is “doggedly plain”. Fair comment. I’ve always taken the view that when I’m writing something serious, the subject is more interesting than I am. Just tell the story and avoid showing off. However, I would take issue with the list of broadcasts in the back being “padding”. It’s…

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