Watching Blur closing the Glastonbury Festival on BBC2. Two things are obvious: 1) They’ve upped the tempo of each number, presumably to cram in as much as possible and 2) Alex James doesn’t get anywhere near enough recognition as a … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: June 2009
Merciful release. Nice day out, isn’t it?
One of my worst fears is the loss of unique, irreplaceable material through technical failure. Seven years ago, I found with horror that an interview recording on minidisc had screwed up. Fortunately, the interviewee was someone I knew well enough … Continue reading
The coverage of the news that BBC Worldwide is to release the recovered soundtracks of several previously-missing editions of the Hancock’s Half Hour TV series has been, at best, misleading. At worst, it’s been utter bollocks. Take this line from … Continue reading
As I get older, I find myself less interested in my birthday. The last one I celebrated properly was my 30th, with a party in the back garden. For 32, I contented myself with shouting “Noooooooooooooooooooooo!” at the television as … Continue reading
While it’s nice to get away, especially if very dear friends are at the other end of the journey, I’m starting to find travel knackering to the point of incapacity. Via family in Surrey and Bristol, I popped over to … Continue reading
Last week’s Independent on Sunday was uncommonly good.
Until the European election success of Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons, I hadn’t heard the slogan “No platform for Nazis” for a good few years. The last time was at a meeting of the National Union of Journalists’ London Magazine … Continue reading
So farewell then, Daniel Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Danny La Rue (French for ‘the main drag’, in the words of Ray Martine) . Apart from his own dazzling career, La Rue was responsible for helping to launch Barbara Windsor, … Continue reading