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TV crossovers

April 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · Life

I quite like it when one TV show crosses over into another one. It always used to be a rare treat, just because it was so rare. If it still goes on then I don’t see much of it, probably because I don’t watch any of those evening-long charity telethons, and if I did then […]

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Revenge of the Egghead

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments · Life

When people my age hear the name CJ the first thing that pops into our head is “I didn’t get where I am today”, but that is closely followed by the bloke who used to be on Eggheads and then wasn’t. I stopped watching Eggheads a while ago for no particular reason but last week […]

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Brutalism at the Beeb

February 27th, 2014 · No Comments · Life

I’m a bit hooked on the series Jonathan Meades has been doing on brutalism, even though I can’t really say I enjoy it. It is compelling but almost impossible to make any sense of. For a show about a particular school of architecture it is very short on hard facts about that architecture or the […]

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Those affected by politics

February 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

I was watching one of those BBC Four documentaries on American rock music the other day. It was mostly about all those LA hair metal bands and then it started talking about more ‘authentic’ musicians like Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp and one phrase just jumped out at me. The voiceover was saying […]

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Dynamo

January 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life

I watched a bit of Dynamo on television last night. Actually I watched a lot more than I intended because I always find magic shows to be quite compelling. One thing that kept being said by the people who witnessed his tricks was “that’s just not right”, and I kind of agree with them. When […]

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Today’s bright idea #7

January 8th, 2014 · 2 Comments · Life

Today’s bright idea is one that I actually think is quite a good one. You know how BBC Four have been showing episodes of Top Of The Pops of 35 years ago, week-by-week in order, in their totality? It isn’t really watched for the music so much as the nostalgic feeling, mostly from the music […]

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My favourite year

January 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music

The other night I sat down to watch the story of Top Of The Pops in 1979, followed by a compilation of clips from that year. Without question, 1979 is my favourite year for music. I know that others will prefer 1983, 1972 or 1967, There may even be some poor misguided fools that think […]

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2013 FTW

December 31st, 2013 · Comments Off · Life, Music

The obligatory self-indulgent look back at the year. With 2014 just around the corner, I look back at 2013 and have to say that I have really enjoyed it. It has certainly been eventful. In fact I reckon this was the most eventful year for us since 2010 when we Rojo got run over, Diego […]

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Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends

September 17th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Music

The other day Sky Arts showed a film about ELP’s 1970 appearance at the Isle of Wight festival, which I have been watching this evening. A strange concert film, but interesting. And interesting for the same reason that it is strange – for a lot of the time it doesn’t even bother showing the band […]

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Yet another bass prodigy

September 5th, 2013 · Comments Off · Music

I was doing a bit of channel-surfing tonight and happened upon a programme on Sky Arts which has musicians playing live sessions in a studio. I think it is called something like the Basement Sessions. When I got to it it was halfway through a song by somebody I didn’t know and I might have […]

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