All I Want

Currently a work in progress: a special Christmas themed chart rewind of a festive Top 40 from years gone by, coming your way in the days before the holiday. To fill the gap in the meantime, it is important to note that Christmas isn’t truly Christmas until you’ve seen Jimmy…

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Stuff You Should Read

This blog has never been about telling you what music you should be listening to and buying. However this doesn’t mean I am above recommending things for people to read. Hence a couple of book suggestions for anyone looking for some diverting moments, a Christmas gift or two or even…

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A Brand Graveyard

One of the consequences of growing older is that it becomes ever easier to look back with a note of regret at the passing of touchstones of your childhood. We become so used to a corporate world dominated by a handful of large super-brands that it is all too easy…

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Stalked! By A Car!

Now I’m not a paranoid man normally, but it at one stage earlier this summer it did seem that I was being stalked. Not by a human entity you understand, but by the legendary Google Street View camera car as it toured my local neighbourhood updating its images of the…

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Paint The Whole World

Travelling to work yesterday evening I wasn’t paying proper attention. Hence it escaped my notice that the train I was riding on was due to terminate at Cannon Street station rather than Charing Cross. When I realised the error, I rationalised that it wasn’t the end of the world and…

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Rhymes With “Ibbert”

I don’t like writing tributes to people I didn’t know. Call me cold and cynical, but but I always find knee-jerk online responses of “oh how terrible, my thoughts to his/her friends and family” posted online by people in response to celebrity deaths to be rather self-serving. There to make…

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Lob It Like Lampard

It barely seems like yesterday, yet it was actually a full seven years ago almost to the week that I chalked off a seemingly impossible item on the great to-do list of life. I “performed” on Top Of The Pops. I actually wrote about this at the time, and the…

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