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Mustn’t grumble.

No, really. Mustn’t grumble. We’re enjoying the fourth day of the sunniest, warmest Easter holiday on record. So it’s good to pause and reflect on that. It’s all too easy to remember the countless cold, wet, miserable Bank Holidays we’ve all had to endure. So in the interests of balance we need to remember this […]

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The only traditional “Sunday” of the year.

Is today, Easter Sunday. On the other 51 Sundays, the shops are open. Today, On Muswell Hill Broadway – it was just like 1976. Unusually hot, unusually quiet and every retail outlet closed except for the Asian corner shop. Nothing demonstrates how the UK has changed since my childhood than Sunday. Did it make me […]

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They made me feel (almost) young.

All week, Central London has been inconvenienced by climate change “protestors”. I saw them everyday “occupying” Oxford Circus and a less threatening bunch of “revolutionaries” would be hard to imagine. They were solidly middle-class but what was most striking about them was how old they were. Most looked like retired polytechnic lecturers – average age […]

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I feel a bit sorry for Rockwell.

But only a bit. He had a huge hit with this in 1984, and it’s been played on radio stations all over the world ever since. Until a few weeks ago, that is. Following the screening of Finding Neverland and its fairly concrete evidence that Michael Jackson was a predatory paedophile, all those radio stations […]

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Capital and Capitalism gone rotten.

I grew up listening to Capital Radio. It was a much freer, more independent alternative to Radio 1. Capital was the soundtrack to growing up in London in the 70s and 80s. Across the UK, there was similar love for independent, individual stations. But gradually, practically all of them fell victim to a huge and […]

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Did I miss something?

RIP Mark Hollis, former lead singer of Talk Talk, who died yesterday. Though I must admit, until this morning, I’d never heard of him. And this despite being an obsessive music fan, especially in the 1980s. This was Talk Talk’s biggest – well, let’s be honest, only hit that most people would recognise. And yet […]

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The Favourite.

Congratulations to Olivia Colman on winning an Oscar last night for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite. Given her national treasure status in the UK, the title of the film could hardly be more appropriate. I used to work with her lot when she was the voice of Sainsbury’s and she was – […]

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Who was the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes?

Most people assumed it was Harold Melvin but, of course, it was Teddy Pendergrass, arguably greatest soul singer of all time. Teddy was also tragically unlucky. Harold Melvin was a horrible, conniving narcissist who’d had little success with The Bluenotes. Once Teddy joined, and it was apparent that they were going to be huge, Harold […]

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We’ve been here before.

Yesterday, a group of moderate Labour MPs resigned from the party to form a new Independent group, with a view to forming a new political party by the end of the year. All very similar to 1981 when Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Shirley Williams and Bill Rodgers quit Labour to form the SDP. Then as […]

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Tick-a-Tick-a-Timex.

Hard to imagine but apparently, I was quite a clever child. Unfortunately, I became a rather stupid adult. By the age of five, I could read, write and tell the time, so my dad gave me this very old, very cheap Timex watch with a blue face and brown strap. Ridiculous as I must have […]

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