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Funerals are a bit like musicals. Discuss.

To St.Joseph’s Church in Wealdstone. My old friend Pat Callanan died just before Christmas and I was there for the old Irish tradition of receiving the body into the church on the night before the funeral. St. Joe’s is right next to my old school and it felt odd to return to everything I’d left […]

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John, Paul and George may have performed the music but Ringo was the music.

Last year David Hepworth wrote and presented “It’s All About The Drummer, Stupid” a brilliant episode of The Essay on Radio 3. In it, he contended that Ringo Starr – often dismissed as the least talented Beatle – was always scandalously underrated. According to David – and indeed to producer George Martin – The Beatles […]

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For this alone…

Barry Gibb deserved to be knighted. And finally, in the New Year’ Honours List, he has been. The Bee Gees had a string of hits in the late 60s but by 1975, their career seemed to be over. They were trying one last time with a new album. As they drove to the studio each […]

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A Grandmother at 37.

Congratulations to Angela Rayner, Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, who became a grandmother yesterday at the age of just 37. At long last, a genuinely working class Labour MP rather than the privileged, out of touch impostors like Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, who have no experience of the issues poorer people face every single day. […]

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The greatest teenage heart throb of them all.

RIP David Cassidy who died yesterday, aged 67. I don’t think any solo performer ever caused more teenage hysteria than he did. Thousands of girls besieged Heathrow Airport when he first arrived here in 1972. And thousands more ran screaming after him wherever he went. Many years later, he came to London to star in […]

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The difference between HR and Personnel.

When HR departments were called “Personnel”, before humans were just “resources”, they seemed much kinder and more concerned about employees’ welfare. In the 90s, I worked for an ad agency with a wonderful Head of Personnel. One day, she made me bring in my Post Office savings book and, appalled that there was only about […]

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Surely it’s the end for Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe is one of the most vile, corrupt and murderous despots the world was ever known. He’s ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, during which time he’s destroyed the economy of what was once one of Africa’s proudest and most prosperous nations. Zimbabweans are gentle people but they’ve had enough. The military have removed him […]

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How tickled he must be….

….to be 90 today so Happy Birthday to Sir Ken Dodd. I went to see him a few years ago with my friend Brian Jenkins. Neither of us particularly enjoyed his act but we enjoyed the fact that we were seeing the last of the great music hall performers. It was as you would expect: […]

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Back-handed compliments.

Hearing John McCarthy on Radio 4 last night reminded me of DJ-ing at his release party back in the early 90s. For anyone who may have forgotten, John McCarthy was a journalist working in Beirut in 1986 when he was captured by terrorists and held captive for more than five years. His girlfriend Jill Morrell […]

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Kevin Spacey is gay shock!

Is there anyone in the world who didn’t know this? And his, shall we say, “direct” approach to any young man who took his fancy? I thought Kevin Spacey’s sexuality was about as secret as Frankie Howard’s toupee. “Francis” was another charismatic entertainer around whom attractive young men weren’t exactly safe, but he operated in […]

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