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It Ain’t Half “Inappropriate”, Mum.

Windsor Davies died yesterday, aged 88. A household name back in the 70s for his starring role in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. A sitcom so popular that it spawned this No.1 hit, though it has since fallen seriously out of favour. This is because Windsor Davies’s co-star Michael Bates “browned up” to play an […]

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Brian and Brian.

As my friend Brian Jones pointed out, this record was released 40 years ago yesterday. There were two 7″ special editions: one on white vinyl (Milk) and another on brown vinyl (Alcohol). I had another mate called Brian Rowan who worked in a record shop in Wembley. He always kept any special editions – coloured […]

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Ten years on and we’re still mourning.

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about a loved one. Though in a sense I am. Woolworth’s was a much-loved feature of the UK high street, and it’s ten years since the final stores closed. We all have great memories of our local store, so I’m wondering if anyone else did this: Remove school blazer and […]

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New Year’s Resolution 1989…

…..was to learn to play a musical instrument. And since the harmonica is supposedly the easiest, I walked down to Blank’s Music Shop on Kilburn High Road and bought one. This tune was my inspiration – that’s Elton John on piano, by the way – and I resolved to be able to play it within […]

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Famous. Though not in the way they intended.

I urge you to watch “Bros: After the Screaming Stops” on iPlayer. As my friend Andy Mac urged me. Words cannot express how ignorant, pretentious and ludicrously self-important the Goss brothers are. Andy compared it to The Office and Spinal Tap but, whereas they were spoofs, this is for real. It’s simultaneously hilarious and tragic […]

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The ever decreasing list.

The lovely June Whitfield died a few days ago, aged 93. She was one of a shrinking number of UK celebrities who have been continuously famous since the 1960s. They’ve never retired and are still very much in the public eye. They are as follows: The Rolling Stones, Michael Caine, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Alan […]

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The Argos Catalogue

I’ve always been a big fan of Alan Carr and I loved his choice of book on Desert Island Discs yesterday. Alongside the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare, he chose the Argos catalogue. Before the internet, all children – and I suspect, adults – would pore over it just before Christmas and put […]

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The one thing I like about Mike Ashley.

Obviously not the way he runs Sports Direct, in the manner of a cruel Victorian mill owner. Or the way he runs Newcastle United. He cynically invests just enough to keep them in the Premier League, so the TV and sponsorship millions keep rolling in. But he refuses to spend those millions on players who […]

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Paul Jeffreys…

…was the bass player in Cockney Rebel. I got to know him through my art director and it was at my New Year’s Eve party that he met and fell in love with my friend Rachel. They got married and, exactly thirty years ago, were en route to New York for their honeymoon aboard Pan […]

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Shaun Keaveny’s last show.

This morning Shaun Keaveny hosted the BBC 6 Music breakfast show for final time. Droll, intelligent and very funny, he’s to be replaced by Lauren Laverne. Meanwhile, on Radio 2, Chris Evans is to be replaced by Zoe Ball and Simon Mayo by Sara Cox. As everybody knows, the BBC is pursuing a blatantly discriminatory […]

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