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...

Surprises Are Why We Like Strictly

This weekend’s Strictly main and results show were a huge reminder of what makes the show so interesting: surprises. Today all the headlines include the word “shock” and it is an apt word because no one expected Pixie to leave the show before the final. It was almost a given that she would be a...

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...
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