Filed: MP3


brunskill (n.) — arcane ability of eastern European football fans to set fire to concrete.

Above is an entry from Footypedia, a little gem of a book that I only discovered this week, even though it was first published in 2008.

It takes as its premise that there are people, things and actions in sport that are undefined by a single word and sets about rectifying that omission. Read more ›››


Ronnie Corbett in Sorry

Hands up who remembers Ronnie Corbett in the sitcom Sorry? I thought not.

For the benefit of those who didn’t see it, the comedy ran for seven series from 1981 to 1989 and centred on 41 year old, mild mannered librarian, Timothy Lumsden, his domineering mother and henpecked father. Read more ›››

I’m Not a Pheasant Plucker


It isn’t often that the Daily Mail makes me laugh. Actually, that’s not true — it makes me laugh quite a lot, although I doubt if that is the editor’s intention.

But laugh I did yesterday when one of their readers pointed out: “Before Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt tie the knot, have they considered what a Spoonerism will do to their daughter, Shiloh? Read more ›››

Marriage Guidance Domestic Appliance

Striped Lawn

Oh the joys of lawn mowing. There must be some, but I just can’t think of one off hand. Possibly standing back at the end to admire a perfectly striped pattern like the one on the left.

But any satisfaction is short-lived because you know that within a few days the stripes will have faded, the lawn will start to look ragged around the edges and you’ll have to go through the whole process again. Read more ›››

Rude Awakenings


I’m beginning to wonder whether the government is determined to save money on my ‘gold-plated’ pension by ensuring that the BBC drives me to an early grave.

Each morning I wake up happy and refreshed ready to greet the day only to have my mood shattered by an interview with someone who is clearly barking mad that has me shouting at the radio, sending my blood pressure through the roof. Read more ›››

X is for X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot was a panel game on Radio 4 that ran from 1998 to 2006. The idea was for celebrity know-alls to take part in a treasure hunt which you might think an odd format for radio.

The celebrities were given a series of cryptic clues to identify four places in Great Britain which would form a giant X and the treasure was notionally buried at a fifth place where the lines crossed. Read more ›››

Sheffield Beat Combo

Lexicon of Love

Many years ago, when pub jukeboxes actually contained vinyl discs, before they switched to digital and then disappeared entirely, you could stumble on previously unknown gems simply by pressing the wrong combination of letters and numbers, whether deliberately or the fault of a beery fog.

One such I recall was a B-side by that Sheffield beat combo, ABC. It was the flip-side of their 1982 hit Posion Arrow and was a slowed down, jazzier version of the same. Read more ›››

Florence Said

I have been indulging my inner teenager by by playing Dragon Age II, something I’m prepared to admit I have enjoyed even if my previous revelation brought nothing but derision from Mr Pudding.

I don’t intend waxing lyrical about the quality of the game play, the plot, the visuals etc, but feel I must mention Inon Zur‘s soundtrack. It is quite stunning and a sign of the times that a composer should ply his trade in the video game industry. Read more ›››