On Friday night my pants made the ultimate sacrifice. It was the regular start the weekend drinking session with my colleagues, this particular week being rather more special than most owing to the fact that we had a birthday to celebrate. Rounds were bought, chairs were dragged up to the…

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Anyone who has ever been a broadcaster has at one time or another done interviews. When the audience is bored of hearing you speak, they want to hear someone else speaking in response to you. It is that simple really. Whole seminars and training courses are in existence devoted to…

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You know something in the back of my mind told me that something wasn’t quite right about the list of singles that have climbed the charts to Number One in the last few years. A smattering of mails are suggesting that Bob The Builder should be added to the list.…

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We all know animals can smell fear. Or at least we have been told that animals can smell fear and it is generally taken as a given. Well I have now learned something new. Women can smell chocolate. I’m not henpecked, despite Mila’s desperate attempts to prove otherwise. She has…

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There is something to be said for occasionally Googling for one’s name. I’ve not done it for a while which would explain why this link has not caught my eye until now. The author of the piece takes issue with the glowing writeup I gave to the first Evanescence single…

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Whilst writing the chart commentary this week it seemed sort of appropriate to dig out what I had written about Mysterious Girl first time around. I couldn’t find a way to shoehorn it into the Launch piece itself, so here it is for posterity, from the dotmusic chart commentary for…

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Well we aren’t going to win Eurovision now are we? To give the voting public full credit they at least avoided choosing a cliched boy band performance to represent us but instead went for a Fame Academy reject warbling in a sub Ryan Adams kind of way. Only one song…

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Sometimes the interesting things in life don’t happen to you. Instead they happen to friends of yours and in such a way as to make you glad that your life is quite dull in comparison. This then is the story of one of my colleagues, we will call him Alan…

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No, I didn’t watch the Brits. Shocking really given that I am supposed to know about all things musical and take a detailed interest in the workings of this industry that I should actually not have even a passing interest in its biggest awards bash of the year, but there…

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Now here is a thorny etiquette issue that only someone British could get themselves into. What do you do when you are carrying something that sets off shop alarms? This lunchtime I needed to buy a cheap calculator, so off I trotted to a local branch of Rymans, selected the…

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