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Worlds Shortest Radio Show

What do they get?

The death of Pete Shelley, ex-frontman of The Buzzcocks, has been widely mourned. Particularly among more middle-class commentators. He was described on Radio 4 as a “genius” and one of the greatest songwriters ever. People seemed bemused, almost angry, that The Buzzcocks didn’t enjoy a lot more chart success. I liked The Buzzcocks and bought […]

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“I’m a QPR fan but I’m also a clinical psychologist…..”

Not me, obviously, but a caller to 606, Five Live’s football phone-in. “And I can tell you now”, he continued, “that Mark Hughes will never be a successful football manager. He’s a depressive. You can see it in his body language, in the way he speaks, in everything he does. He’s okay when things are […]

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Moneybox with Paul Lewis.

God, I hate that programme. I’ve just accidentally caught a bit of it on Radio 4 and it’s brought me out in hives. It’s such a petty, parsimonious little programme about things like avoiding tax on your savings, the pros and cons of switching energy suppliers and the folly of not having a pension. Its […]

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Theresa May agrees Brexit Deal with EU.

But I have a funny feeling – haven’t you – that we may not have heard the end of it.

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The Rev. Gove.

I’m loosely associated with a societal and environmental think tank, so I was invited along to hear Michael Gove deliver a lecture about climate change and the pollution of our planet. I’m neither Labour nor Tory and always judge politicians on their individual merits, regardless of their party. Gove, I have to say, was rather […]

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Why I love the rush hour.

Because, on the tube at least, it shows human beings at their best. People from all walks of life are are all in the same boat (or train carriage) in conditions that they’d have every right to find intolerable. Squashed in like sardines, they endure delays, distress and discomfort. And yet those millions of journeys […]

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My favourite place.

When I was a child, my favourite place in the world was Marine Ices. In an era when dull, cardboard flavoured ice cream came in blocks from newsagents or tubs from Bejam, , this wondrous place opposite Chalk Farm tube offered an array of exotic Italian gelati that made me dizzy with excitement. A few […]

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Clapton.

No, not Eric but Clapton – London, E5 where my son has just moved. It’s an area I’ve never known much about. Except that until recently it was considered rough and undesirable. Now it’s the acme of East London hip. With a mix of indigenous Londoners – both black and white – plus a healthy […]

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Elton John Lewis

This week saw the launch of the new John Lewis ad. Elton John’s starring role was one of the worst-kept secrets in advertising. It’s a spectacular piece of work, beautifully put together. And yes, it is more an ad for Elton John than for John Lewis. What’s more it will definitely pique interest in Sir […]

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The forgotten royal wedding

45 years ago today, Princess Anne married Captain Mark Philips at Westminster Abbey. Although it’s now supplanted in the nation’s memory by the subsequent weddings of Anne’s brothers and nephews, at the time it was huge. 14th November 1973 was declared a National Holiday and the service attracted a global TV audience of 500 million. […]

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