Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 12

This is getting a bit tedious; please blame the GBP and the structure of the show. Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Portsmouth. Lauren’s sister answered it. ‘Alright our Laurie.’ ‘You’ll never guess . . . dance off . . . Ashley . . . I’ll put the kettle on.’ Or something...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 11

Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Hackney. A lady answered it. ‘Hello, Charlie, luv.’ ‘Mum, you’ll never guess . . . ’ ‘Fourth dance off?’ ‘Aye.’ ‘Yup!’ ‘Who?’ ‘Ashley . . .’ ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’ Or something like that, you know the drill. And so it came to pass. It...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 10

Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Northamptonshire. A lady answered it. ‘Raymond, it’s for you.’ ‘Who is it, Pet? Not more PPI?’ ‘No, luv,’ she paused, fearful, ‘it’s our Graeme . . .’ ‘Our Graeme? I’ve just watched him dance . . . he wor like Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 9 Blackpool

There are some places that you visit that rekindle nightmares. It might be its history or yours. Take the Colosseum, El Djem or any other bowl of death. You can still smell the blood, see the scratches on the walls and walk the echoic corridors that led to eternity. At school it might have been...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 8

On Saturday, for the first time in four years, the All Blacks came to town. One of the world’s greatest sporting teams of the last decade, proud, strong, defiant, carrying the heritage of a nation. In appalling conditions they edged a fierce contest. It began with the Haka, a two hundred year old war dance,...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 7

We are hearing this a lot, aren’t we? ‘He’s worked so hard.’ ‘She’s put the hours in.’ ‘We did a fourteen hour day.’ ‘It wasn’t right so we practised, and practised, and practised.’ All going well. And then someone adds . . .’because he/she has worked so hard . . . he/she really deserves it.’...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 6

Forever informative . . . did you know that the clocks always go back on the last Sunday of October when our temporal frame moves from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time so that we can all save money on candles and electricity, an idea introduced by the builder William Willett, the great-great-grandfather of...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 5

A new dawn, a new day, a new life . . . A guest juddge and a new dance or two, the Cupple’s Choice, this week Contemporary Movement and Street Commercial, next week the Maypole, Northern Soul, the Hokey-Cokey, the Lambada and the Bachata, the latter two causing the odd spillage of G & T...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 4

As Communication Strategies go I see a pretty neat package. Create the product and tell people all about it: write it, shout it, read it, smell it, touch it, feel it. And have the added advantage that you are the market leader and that the GBP are already paying for the service anyway. That’s handy....

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 3

The BFI, the British Film Institute, was founded in 1933, the year before Percy Shaw came up with cats’ eyes, an invention inspired when the headlamps of the car he was driving flashed against some tabby’s head at the side of the road. The question often asked is what would have happened had the cat...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 2

When I was growing up there was only one Superhero. Batman was just a vigilante supporting an underfunded local government. Robin was an annoying but enthusiastic kid replicated as Buddy Pine in The Incredibles years later. Cat Woman was just an escort in a sexy outfit to keep dad interested. Ditto Wonder Woman’s cleavage. God...

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 1

The world is in a rush; it doesn’t know patience anymore. Gone are the days of waiting for the pop charts on Sunday evening. Music is now available at the click of a mouse. No more dial-a-disc at the local phone box. In fact, no more phone box. The Beeb used to start their FA...
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