Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 9 – Blackpool

There’s nothing quite like an out of season holiday town in the rain. The waves looked like the menace of an All Blacks pack of forwards, inevitable, relentless, battering the defences. The North Pier survived somehow. The squall of the wind accounted for many umbrellas, wrecked, discarded. Inches eroded from the coastline. The locals wore...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 8

I’m sure that you’ve heard of PopMaster, Ken Bruce’s poptastic quiz, half ten, ish, week days, Radio 2, 39 points available, 3 for each standard question, 6 for a bonus (there are 3), the winner given the chance to do 3 in 10, the prizes a ‘One Year Out’ t-shirt, a blue tooth speaker or...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 7

A few Novembers ago I was driving through South Wales on Remembrance Sunday, no Satnav. Not knowing my way I took in the signs and the countryside. At 11:00am, out of total respect I kept schtumm, didn’t ask . . . and missed the junction. It was funny and no big deal but it is...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 6

I was talking to Juddge Hilzi about Halloween. ‘When we were kids we just knocked on doors and ran away. Or we lifted gates off their hinges.’ I’m sure she knew that when it was our turn we cut washing lines and put milk bottles on doorsteps. Or we tied rope on the back door...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 5

Over the years I have been fortunate to experience many great events. The list includes two Rugby World Cup Finals, Grand Slam days, victories and defeats in Paris, prawn sandwiches at The Theatre of Dreams, Ashes Test Matches, Stevie Wonder at The Garden, NY, even in the director’s seats watching Les Mis in the West...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 4

Did you know that one in four of the adult population of the UK has been diagnosed as sub-clinically depressed? That’s about 14 million people causing huge strain on the NHS when really, there’s not much happening. We’re talking bad day at work, being sacked, share price falling, footy team losing, girlfriend leaving, husband being...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 3

There are many interpretations and applications of the word shock. It might be when you put your finger in the wrong part of a plug socket or when the world moves involuntarily. It could be when you check your bank balance or when someone does an act of random kindness. A pal of mine, Spud,...

Strictly 2016 Series 14 – Week 2

We have a rule in the office at work. The business has tenets of trust, respect, fun, honesty, integrity, and with that there are office protocols where we rightly respect age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious beliefs. The only things not tolerated are soccer players and their fans. The office is full of wags, men...

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...
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