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Pop Master analysed, again, and the death of a quizzer

During the life of this Blog I have referred many times to Pop Master, the mid-morning quiz on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show, broadcast on weekdays. I have mentioned, more than once, that it is the most listened-to slot on UK radio, apart from breakfast shows. For nearly three years (since April 2017) I… Continue reading Pop Master analysed, again, and the death of a quizzer

In the news · Music

Album of the Week: #5 “The Wheat Album” (The Rutles) [And memories of Neil Innes RIP]

The Rutles might have passed you by. They never had a hit single or album and they rarely performed live. They were a spoof band with origins in a mid-1970s TV comedy show here in the UK, “Rutland Weekend Television”, hence the first part of their name. As their nickname “The Prefab Four” suggests, they… Continue reading Album of the Week: #5 “The Wheat Album” (The Rutles) [And memories of Neil Innes RIP]

In the news · Memories

Chatting to George Michael’s sister at a Wham! video shoot

Sad news last month, as reported here on the BBC website: Melanie Panayiotou, George Michael’s older sister, died at Christmas, three years after her rather more famous brother. That BBC News article quotes a statement released through the family’s lawyer John Reid, “We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very… Continue reading Chatting to George Michael’s sister at a Wham! video shoot

In the news · Notes from West London

The perfect hangover recipe

Last week there was a seasonal news story about hangover cures. I caught it on Breakfast TV rather than in print, and offer this link, from the “Birmingham Live” website, with the details. Titled “Ultimate hangover cure discovered by boffins in time for Christmas party season” it suggests these ingredients: 65% pear juice, 25% lime… Continue reading The perfect hangover recipe

In the news · Notes from West London · Reading · Word of the week

Word of the week: Newman

Earlier this month Cardinal John Henry Newman was canonized in Rome. The ceremony took place on Sunday 13 October, the Feast of St Edward the Confessor. I wasn’t there, but I was at the mass in September 2010 when Newman was beatified. It was the first such mass on English soil for many hundreds of… Continue reading Word of the week: Newman

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Norman Stone RIP, and the two things I learnt at college

The historian Norman Stone died recently, aged 78. If you met him, or knew of him, or know his work, you will probably have an opinion, or multiple opinions, about him, and/or his work. If not, you could read this obituary from the Guardian and be left with an entirely unflattering impression. I learnt of… Continue reading Norman Stone RIP, and the two things I learnt at college