Strictly 2016 Series 14 — Week 1

Submit Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week XX STRICTLY COME DANCING – 2016 WEEK ONE So, how has your year been? It’s been a while hasn’t it? In the last nine months we’ve acquired a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, Conservative, diabetic, awful hair, we lost the old one and his sidekick, now the leads...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 13 Final

On Friday I watched the film ‘Selma’, the story of Dr Martin Luther King’s battle with the American authorities and racist population to enforce voting rights for all Americans, regardless of colour, creed or religion, a campaign that was based on non-violent demonstration, very Gandhi-esque. On Friday night I had a dream. I dreamt I...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 12 Semi Final

It has been a tense few weeks. World leaders have been gathering in summits around the globe to discuss trade, terrorism and climate change; the deal struck in Paris was hailed as the one that would ‘save the planet’. But on Sunday night the agenda took a sinister twist as the Christmas lights of social...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 11

Radio City Music Hall, also known as The Show Place of the Nation, stands as part of the twenty two acre site that houses the Rockefeller Centre in Midtown New York. Opened in 1932 it is famously the home of The Rockettes and also ‘America’s Got Talent’, the capacity of 6015 dubble that of The...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 10

Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio stands at 286 5th Avenue, a mere pitching wedge away from the Hotel Chandler on East 31st Street. Arthur is the famed dance teacher/choreographer who led Yveta Lukosiute to her world titles. Last week Yveta was upstate, out of town, and Arthur’s classes clashed with an already heaving itinerary. The DanceSport...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 8

Two of the female professionals have been in hot water with The Management at the BBC recently. No, not Aliona, back in the fold having nearly ranted herself into exile a cupple of years ago. Neither Hottie Hauer for cat fighting with Ola. Of course, it is Ola who is in trubble; she is a...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 7

Back in the day all the lads in the village – there were no girls that hung around with us, unheard of – we used to spend most of October foraging for bits of timber, trees, old doors, cupboards, wardrobes, the derelict houses stripped, anything that would burn, so that we could build the village...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 6

When the tickertape and the pyrotechnics came to an end, and as the smoke edged towards the ozone, the greatest sporting team ever luxuriated in a lap of honour, all neutrals acknowledging the privilege to have witnessed such a game, and such a team. Twickenham had been on fire, the place to be on Saturday...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 5

It began on Saturday Kitchen with James Martin at the helm. Then it spread to Dan Walker on Football Focus. And of course, like the measles, there it was on Strictly, like superstores already playing Christmas songs, the first premature appearance of the poppy, the symbol of remembrance and hope. And also the source of...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 4

The look on Chris Hollins’ face said it all. He thought I was a debt collector and when I marched directly towards him he moved shiftily towards the exit of the corporate entertainment suite, St George’s at Twickenham, on Saturday. Chris was the MC, the entertainment, he really had nowhere to run so he sighed,...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 3

The greatest movie event is almost with us. No, not, this week’s theme down in Strictly World, but the release of the much anticipated Bond movie, ‘Spectre’. Gone is Dame Judy, in steps Ralph Fiennes (Ralph Malph to his mates), and Monica Bellucci provides some of the stereotypical eye candy. Just about my age she...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 2

There are many things I would put into ‘Room 101’. Disrespect, people too lazy to put their trolley away at the supermarket, those who tip ashtrays into carparks, eejits who don’t recycle, wardens who give out tickets on Sundays, the perpetrators of war crimes and the owners of pigeon toes. I could go on. But...
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