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Iconic prescient eulogy song

I never mentioned much on the passing of Gil Scott-Heron earlier in the week. He was a key artist for me in the eighties, representing a number of essential musics and ideals, he was the Godfather of hip-hop, a jazz … Continue reading

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The joy of Utensils

When I was at the Elms Catering College, Stoke-on-Trent, 1978-80, I was in a cohort of about twenty students who each had to buy a set of chef’s whites and a wrap of knives and implements prior to enrollment. We … Continue reading

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Amazing quite simply amazing

I was at the Essex University campus in Colchester for the last couple of days and was directed to the library specifically to see this device called a Paternoster (in the Catholic Church the Lord’s Prayer, especially in Latin) but … Continue reading

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Human resources

Hands sometimes tell you plenty. I was watching my Mum’s at the weekend as she flicked away at the knitting needles in a comforting rhythm I remembered from being a kid. She was very dexterous; it was a cardigan for … Continue reading

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My favourite new voice

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Pictorial # 5

These girls were hanging over the bridge post-match waving their Barcelona scarves: ‘We are all anti-Man United supporters today,’ they were saying ahead of some other match and the Manchester City fans more than appreciated the gesture.

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I’ve been meaning to say for quite some while

If you’re ever round this way you can get a bowl of mushy peas for your lunch at Norwich market. With or without mint sauce, plus a hunk of bread for mopping up.

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No comment

To my knowledge nothing was said on BBC Joyous Day Radio 4 Unites the Nation in Celebration regarding this teletubbies hat.

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The Semiotics of the Wedding

I was driving about this morning and heard this analysis on BBC Radio 4: The train of Katherine’s dress, being only 8 ft long, rather than the 25 ft of Diana, Princess of Wales’ wedding outfit, was more in keeping … Continue reading

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The Last Royal Wedding

When Charles married Di I was a room service waiter at Claridge’s hotel which was where the oveseas parties of dignitaries stayed. We mainly had King Hussein of Jordan and his extensive entourage on our floor. On the day itself … Continue reading

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