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...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 10

The BBC propaganda machine had a pre-show meeting, all those present educated at Oxbridge, (Oxford and Cambridge), an occasional graduate from Durham sneaking in under the wire. They chatted amiably until the entrance of Le Grand Fromage, the Big Cheese, then there was hush, expectancy, nerves frayed a little. ‘Right team, it’s December now, we’ve...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 9

What a bizarre day at the pit face. After the highs of Blackpool the world came down to earth with a bump as good dances went unnoticed, where others manifested themselves as something odd, when Pixie was penalised for just being Pixie and when there were standing ovations for everything. As my grandad used to...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 8

For centuries the Scots fought the English. The two most remembered battles, apart from us losing at Murrayfield in 1990 and 2000, were Bannockburn in 1314 and Culloden in 1746. The Scots won the first, England the second, the Jacobite rebellion coming to a ferocious end. If you visit Carlisle Castle you can read the...

Strictly 2014 Series 12 – Week 7

A few years ago I was driving to Chepstow on Remembrance Sunday. As the chimes sounded for eleven o’clock I approached the junction to leave the motorway. Unsure that it was the right turning I carried on driving much to the disbelief of my passenger and I had to exit at the next opportunity and...

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...
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