Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 5

In 1991 I won a ticket for the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham in a raffle. The joy I felt was akin to that first beer, that first solo drive, that first kiss when you realise that the girl is real, and is staying. I have not been so lucky since. Lottery wins tally...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 4

On Tuesday the boiler was fixed. No, not the ex, but the combi in the kitchen. Sorry, couldn’t resist that but I’m sure you’ve been wondering. Have you ever had those moments when something strange happens, when you find out something that changes your life? Only last week a friend of mine discovered that his...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 3

On Friday the boiler was condemned. No, not the ex, but the combi in the kitchen. Outside a storm raged, the temperature dropped, the winter was taking hold and the realisation that there would be no heating or hot water for four or five days sent a shiver . . . well added another. I...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 2

I got the call early on Friday. Bruce was out. So I told everybody. And that’s when the confusion began. You could be forgiven for thinking that there was just one Bruce but then one smart Alec, well Mark actually, came back with Lee, Kent, Wayne and Robert The. I retorted with Grobbelaar, Almighty, Willis,...

Strictly 2013 Series 11 – Week 1

In the world of the PLC, autumn is a heady time. It is a time of budgeting, the big push for the end of the year, talks of restructuring and it is a very twitchy time for middle and senior management. Whilst September sees the highest birth rate following the Christmas rush the autumn is...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – The Grand Final

Have you ever wondered what makes people popular? Perhaps it’s someone you respect and look up to? Maybe it’s someone who’s good looking? Talented? Or the bloke that buys the beer? The people who are like you? Those with the same hobbies, ethics or value systems? It could be that there is a high level...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 11

Let’s talk about semi-finals in the real world. Semi-finals are make or break, they are the gateway to the final, to wealth, to fame, or fortune, to deity, to that foot onto the rostrum. They are also events that can be full of tension, nerves and apprehension, a singular event that can switch the tide...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 10

So, what does fusion – ‘foo-jen’ – mean to you? To me it is a metal bending company in Birmingham. It is also a term used by Uncle Ken in his Chinese cookery books: When East Meets West. I am told that in music it is when two genres come together, a bit like Bonny...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 9

It’s bad news good news time. The bad news is that you’ve got to have your legs amputated. The good news is that the bloke in the next bed wants to buy your slippers. The good news is they play golf in heaven. The bad news is that you’re teeing off next Wednesday. The bad...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 8

On 17th March 1915 Henry Pitts Brown was born in Kennington, London, the son of Harry (Pitts Brown), an American entertainer and a Russian Jew called Eva Rosenthal, no relation to our Jim. Brought up as an orthodox Jew himself he would remind you, in looks, of Sammy Davis Jnr’s healthier, older brother. Henry went...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 7

Back in 1981, when I was a mere pup, I went to Earls Court to see The Royal Tournament, a combination of gymnastics, music, soldiers, horsemanship, physical peak, and without doubt the largest display of military theatre anywhere in the world. I wasn’t that enamoured with war and killing, the same can be said today,...

Strictly 2012 Series 10 – Week 6

This introduction may seem a bit random but it isn’t so please go with me on this. Sir Frederick Sewards Trueman, Fred, is the greatest English Test Match bowler of all time. He played for Yorksher, latterly Derbyshire, and was the first Englishman to take 300 Test Match wickets in an era where there were...
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