Wearing Black

So much for me being on the ball with my weekly round-up since I completely missed the death of Colin Vearncombe last week who produced perhaps my favourite album of all time.

Vearncombe, aka Black, is best known for his single Wonderful Life first released in 1986 which was a hit around the world when it was re-released in 1987. (Although not in the US for some reason) Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Truth-teller of the week: More people trust their hairdreser to tell the truth than they do priest and clergy and the police according to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index. Doctors head the truth-tellers list, with scientists also reassuringly high on the list. Bankers are trusted less than builders – unsurprisingly, politicians remain rooted at the bottom of the league table.

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My thanks to Roger for mentioning the video you will find below of James Veitch, comedian, scamp and spam-spammer who has spent the last three years winding up the authors of those spam emails that we all find in our inbox.

It reminded me that I'd intended buying Veitch's book, Dot.Con: the Art of a Scammer, after reading extracts in various newspapers last year. Read more ›››


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Chung Ling Soo

The world of magic in the 19th and 20th century was a competitive business and many conjurers became celebrities only after adopting an exotic Chinese persona that the public came to associate with the mysteries of magic.

One such was Chung Ling Soo who became one of the most celebrated magicians of his age who was to die in the pursuit of his art. Read more ›››

My Dad’s Army

Further to yesterday's post, I was chatting to my dad about his experiences in the Home Guard and as far as he is concerned, Dad's Army is as much documentary as it is comedy.

He was drafted in to the Home Guard in 1943 when he was 17 and was none too happy about it as it took up pretty much all of his free time. Read more ›››

You Stupid Boy

Well it would be rather stupid to write a review of a film before you've actually seen, but there is so much hype surrounding new releases these days that you could be excused for thinking you were at the premiere.

The weekend supplements gave plenty of coverage to the new Dad's Army film due for release at the end of next week and one that I'm looking forward to seeing. Read more ›››

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