If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
Free from ’23
1st January was Public Domain Day 2019 when works from 1923 became free for all to use without permission or fee.
They include films such as Cecil B Demille’s The Ten Commandments, Agatha Christie’s The Murder on the Links and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – and the song Yes! We Have No Bananas.
I usually enjoy Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny but was a bit disappointed by this year’s offering as there was not much of the music that really grabbed me. However, it gives me an excuse to include my own favourite tune from 2018 – Play a Sad Song Backwards by former Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears.
Old year tradition
Christmas and New Year is a time for tradition as far as television is concerned, whether it’s re-runs of Morecambe & Wise or Scrooge. But one of the oddest is the German tradition of watching Dinner for One on New Year’s Eve, a 1963 English comedy sketch by Freddie Frinton and May Warden that people in England have never heard of. The original is on the right.
Analysts at the Danish Saxo Bank published their annual list of ten outrageous predictions for 2019 which include the collapse of Netflix, prime minister Jeremy Corbyn sending the pound crashing and a solar flare causing $2 trillion of damage.
A more scientific approach to predicting the future again comes from Jemima Packington who uses asparagus for her premonitions that include England’s women winning the world cup, Oscar success for A Star is Born and recession in the US. And asparagus will see an all-time high in sales.
Singer and ‘song stylist’ Nancy Wilson; former Liverpool and England footballer Peter Thompson; trans pioneer Julia Grant; the first woman to play drums for a British pop group Honey Lantree; astronomer Nancy Roman known as the ‘Mother of Hubble’; Dr Hook vocalist Ray Sawyer; half of the musical duo Captain & Tennille Daryl Dragon; lyricist Norman Gimbel who wrote the theme songs for Happy Days and Wonder Woman; the wonderful comedy actress June Whitfield and; former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood who was the grandson of Samuel Hill-Wood, chairman and owner of Glossop North End AFC, the smallest town to have a team in the top division.