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Author Archives: Paul

A suspiciously short marriage.

Sir Ken Dodd died this morning 48 hours after marrying Anne Jones, his partner of more than 40 years. Doddy must have known the end was nigh and, at 90, he must also have known that he and Anne were unlikely to celebrate many, if any, wedding anniversaries. So why the deathbed wedding? It could […]

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Who are these people?

Yesterday, I happened to catch Simon Mayo’s drivetime show. It was All Request Friday which always provides a fascinating glimpse of the Great British Public. They phone in for their requests from the M6 en route to the Lake District or to Bill and Shirley’s ruby wedding party for whom they want a big “shout […]

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“Please go out with my sister”

We were at a party and Katie Grogan was quite drunk. I used to work with Katie and the sister in question was Clare Grogan, lead singer of Altered Images. Clare had just split up with some awful bloke and Katie mistakenly believed that I was a nice person. I looked at Clare who was […]

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Bannister.

Sir Roger Bannister died yesterday, aged 88. The first person in history to run a mile in under four minutes, he then enjoyed an illustrious career in medicine and was Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. But at my school, “Bannister” meant the Roger Bannister Sports Centre in Harrow, named after him because he was a […]

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Toys R Bust.

Toys R Us went into administration this week. Of course, it’s awful for the 3,000 people who could now lose their jobs but Toys R Us have had this coming for years. When my children were small, I went there countless times and detested every visit. Grim, soulless hangars designed to take you past long […]

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This is weird.

Heavy snow in March. Weirder still is playing a Christmas song when, according to the calendar, it’s practically spring. Except this isn’t a Christmas song. No mention of Christmas whatsoever. Just cold, snowy weather and a desire to keep warm. So not weird for today but perfectly appropriate.

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Coldest March Day on Record.

Minus four in London and even colder in other parts of the country. We even had a “blizzard” yesterday in Soho. Fierce while it lasted but five minutes later, the sun was shining. Americans have long been fascinated by Britons’ obsession with the weather because, compared with them, we don’t really have any. Temperatures regularly […]

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Rich Peckings

To the Reggae Comes to London exhibition at Peckings Record store in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush. I hadn’t been there for about 20 years and assumed it must have closed down but no, I was delighted to discover that it’s still run by Duke and Chris, two sons of George “Peckings” Price, the original owner […]

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FCK.

This was the brilliant headline on a KFC ad that appeared this week. KFC were apologising for having to close 600 stores temporarily because they didn’t have any chicken. Back in the 90s, I briefly lived in Greenwich. This was before the O2, the Jubilee line and other aspects of civilisation arrived in SE10. Very […]

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Jukebox Jimmy.

Whenever I’m in Bethnal Green, I call in at Pellicci’s cafe. Ideally at around 12.45 on a Friday to share a table with a local character known as Jukebox Jimmy and his friend, Mel the cabbie. Jimmy and I struck up an instant rapport because we were both obsessed with 50s and 60s pop music. […]

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