Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 6

It was twenty-one degrees and the streets were flooded with people, the TFI Friday bunch making a dash for the hairdresser, the pound shop, the fancy dress boutique and others just taking in the moment, a coffee, a paper and a smoke. At Tesco the staff were clad in strange uniforms: a mummy, a fallen...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 5

On last week’s results show Natalie and Trent got the pleasure of dancing as Anthony Dominick Benedetto and Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta dueted, singing two tracks, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it ain’t got that swing)’. Whilst the singing is a question of taste and choice, not mine, too impure and...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 4

Before the Strictly Stars paraded onto the stage, clad in more sequins and colour than a kaleidoscope, the hostesses were chaperoned to their presentation point, the two girls introduced as hosts. Eh? The jury is still out on whether this works. As dancing is predominantly a man/woman combo shouldn’t the hosting be the same? The...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 3

42 years ago Donny Osmond had his first of three number one hits in the UK, ‘Puppy Love’, a cover of a song written by Paul Anka in 1960. He followed that as a solo artist with ‘The Twelfth of Never’ and ‘Young Love’ and then ‘Love Me for a Reason’ with his brothers in...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 2

Have you ever done this exercise? Close your eyes. Think of a colour. Open your eyes and notice how much that colour is now the dominant shade in all that you see. Here’s another version. Back in the early noughties I dated a girl who drove a soft top Mazda. I’d never seen the car...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 1

Back in June I popped down to the local pally to see a one-man show, a dancer, singer, raconteur, musician and all-round entertainer. Before the curtain rose the pulsing crowd waited with expectation, nerves akin to those before a big match. And then the star turn was announced and on to the stage he walked,...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – The Final

Successful bets. My grandad used to say, ‘there’s only one winner, that’s the bookies. Me fatha wor a bookie, never sober for three years . . .’ And so over the following decades I was wary of the turf accountant at the top of the avenue near The Churchill pub, these the days before the...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 12

Have you ever wondered what you have to do or where you have to go to find a girlfriend/boyfriend? Once you have left school or university you are thrust into the wilderness of luck and occasion, work, the supermarket, pubs and clubs the only viable directions to take, or there’s lonely hearts ads or the...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 11

There was a time when you could set your watch by the telly, when The Ten O’clock News was just that, when Crackerjack began at five, when Corrie hit the screens at 7:30pm, just the Monday and Wednesday, even now, Saturday Kitchen kicking off the weekend at 10:00am, save the odd interruption by the Lords...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 10

I’m not sure when the day was, the day that I grew up and started avoiding 18 cert films. I’d seen plenty, gratuitous violence, gore, movies where the value of life was zero, where murder was an everyday occurrence, mass murder on weekends, any method you choose to use, just like living in The Mead....

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 9

The joys of parenthood. Within minutes of being born a child assumes a special place, one of privilege and honour, there to be protected, nurtured, given the greatest chance to make the best of everything that life has to offer. Babies are pampered and kids are lauded but when they hit a certain age they...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 8

In 1979 Mary Collins caused a massive stir amongst the Bible belt of middle England when her film contained nudity, the greatest wet t-shirt contest of all time, temptation and the ‘F’ word before it meant Food. I talk of the film ‘10’, Mary better known as Bo Derek, the movie grossing $75m on a...
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