Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly 2018 Series 16, Week 13 , The Final

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Notices first. Happy Birthday Mum. On December 17th my mum hit a big ‘0’, a cupple of decades to go before she gets her telegram from The Palace, so a brief self-indulgence. Clearly the greatest mum and grandma the world has ever seen, her life, like everyone’s has been a roller-coaster, a constant learning curve, a personal journey of growth towards wisdom and sagacity. She brings total and unadulterated love… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16, Week 13 , The Final

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 12

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This is getting a bit tedious; please blame the GBP and the structure of the show. Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Portsmouth. Lauren’s sister answered it. ‘Alright our Laurie.’ ‘You’ll never guess . . . dance off . . . Ashley . . . I’ll put the kettle on.’ Or something like that, you know the drill. And so it came to pass. Depending on your… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 12

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 11

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Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Hackney. A lady answered it. ‘Hello, Charlie, luv.’ ‘Mum, you’ll never guess . . . ’ ‘Fourth dance off?’ ‘Aye.’ ‘Yup!’ ‘Who?’ ‘Ashley . . .’ ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’ Or something like that, you know the drill. And so it came to pass. It was Musicals Week at Elstree, the Surviving Six, two men, four women, heaven strike me… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 11

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 10

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Last Saturday night a mobile phone rang somewhere in Northamptonshire. A lady answered it. ‘Raymond, it’s for you.’ ‘Who is it, Pet? Not more PPI?’ ‘No, luv,’ she paused, fearful, ‘it’s our Graeme . . .’ ‘Our Graeme? I’ve just watched him dance . . . he wor like Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail . . . doin’ a Quick Step . . . camp as a sailor .… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 10

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 9 Blackpool

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There are some places that you visit that rekindle nightmares. It might be its history or yours. Take the Colosseum, El Djem or any other bowl of death. You can still smell the blood, see the scratches on the walls and walk the echoic corridors that led to eternity. At school it might have been the Deputy Head’s office or a corner of the playground dominated by the College of… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 9 Blackpool

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 8

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On Saturday, for the first time in four years, the All Blacks came to town. One of the world’s greatest sporting teams of the last decade, proud, strong, defiant, carrying the heritage of a nation. In appalling conditions they edged a fierce contest. It began with the Haka, a two hundred year old war dance, about hairy men fighting to the death, summoning the sun, making it shine, taking a… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 8

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 7

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We are hearing this a lot, aren’t we? ‘He’s worked so hard.’ ‘She’s put the hours in.’ ‘We did a fourteen hour day.’ ‘It wasn’t right so we practised, and practised, and practised.’ All going well. And then someone adds . . .’because he/she has worked so hard . . . he/she really deserves it.’ Of course it is a forlorn theory. Most folks I know work their socks off.… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 7

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 6

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Forever informative . . . did you know that the clocks always go back on the last Sunday of October when our temporal frame moves from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time so that we can all save money on candles and electricity, an idea introduced by the builder William Willett, the great-great-grandfather of Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay? In true romantic fashion the process began in… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 6

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 5

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A new dawn, a new day, a new life . . . A guest juddge and a new dance or two, the Cupple’s Choice, this week Contemporary Movement and Street Commercial, next week the Maypole, Northern Soul, the Hokey-Cokey, the Lambada and the Bachata, the latter two causing the odd spillage of G & T in Middle England. And still no chance of some real Latin or Ballroom, still no… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 5

Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 4

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As Communication Strategies go I see a pretty neat package. Create the product and tell people all about it: write it, shout it, read it, smell it, touch it, feel it. And have the added advantage that you are the market leader and that the GBP are already paying for the service anyway. That’s handy. So splash it all over your own publications, TV, radio, printed and digital media, create… Read More »Strictly 2018 Series 16 – Week 4