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...

Strictly 2015 Series 13 – Week 1

It’s been a long time coming hasn’t it, the dust gathering on the sequins, moths nibbling at tails and top hats? So much has changed since the Grand Final last December. We’ve had a General Election that posed many questions about the Status Quo, the Scots are still with us, England won The Ashes, as...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 12 Semi Final

As the lights went out on Saturday afternoon I took a look out of the window. There, at the bottom of the garden, a little light flickered. I thought it might be a Pixie. The absence of the overwhelming favourite still felt strange but it did create an opportunity for the five remaining contestants who...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 11

As upsets go, it is upp there. Ali should never have knocked Foreman out. Hereford shouldn’t have beaten Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 1972 but Ricky George and Ronnie Radford had other ideas. Blyth Spartans have been cup killers twice, Sunderland once. These things happen. But few would have predicted the demise and...
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