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Friday, November 27, 2009

Free speech?

Rapper Speech Debelle has been booed after attempting to "rap" her way through Take That's 1993 hit Pray. A few months ago, she was the surprise winner of the Mercury Music Prize (even though the telecommunications company after which it was named ceased to exist ages ago - not her fault, of course).

Despite this success, hardly anybody has bought her album and this week she blamed her lack of sales on her record company.

But maybe it's simpler than that - perhaps not enough people think her music is any good?

Let's hope she can bounce back and convince her doubters of her talents.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Half a pound

Congratulations to nine-year-old Florence Jackson, who has won a Blue Peter competition to design a 50p coin to mark the London Olympics.

The good news is that it has the numerals "50" displayed to make it easy to identify, unlike the new design introduced last year. The bad news is that, at current exchange rate trends, it won't be worth much by the time it enters circulation next year!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sugabitches strike again

It's been a turbulent few days in the world of popular music. Cliff Richard and the Shadows have returned to the Top 40 with a new single. 92 year-old Vera Lynn has just dropped from the top spot in the album chart. And Kanye West has become known for interrupting people rudely at awards ceremonies.

But the big news is that the last remaining original Sugababe Keisha has been sacked. She is rumoured to have been a real bitch, and has been blamed by some for the departure of previous members such as Siobhan Donaghy and Muttley out of Wacky Races.

Furthermore, now that Chas and Dave have also split up, maybe Keisha could team up with Chas Hodges and form a new group? I'm sure she could get used to belting out Rabbit and Margate. Not to mention all those songs by Tottenham Hotspur.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Two's company

Veteran BBC Radio 2 presenter Terry Wogan has announced that he is to leave the Breaksfast Show in December. His replacement will be Chris Evans, 28 years his junior.

Predictably, the change has led to accusations that Radio 2 is aiming at a younger audience, and this makes it even more difficult for commercial stations to compete. Frankly, the average age of Radio 2's audience has fallen from 53 to 50, but the station is aimed at over 35s now, not over 50s as it was in the early 1990s under Controller Frances Line. And Evans is older than Wogan was when he started in 1972. Wogan's fans who say that they will no longer listen managed to cope somehow when he disappeared to television for 8 years in 1985.

And commercial radio should stop moaning that the BBC is funded by the taxpayer. Have you heard any adverts on commercial radio these days? They are usually from government agencies, so we are all paying for commercial radio anyway!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Midnight at the Oasis

Noel Gallagher has apparently quit his band Oasis. I wouldn't be surprised if he reunites with his brother Liam and whoever is left in his band at some stage in the future, but for now it marks the belated closing of the Britpop saga of the mid-nineties.

Remember when Noel gave an acceptance speech at the Brit Awards in 1996? "There are seven people in this room who are giving hope to young people in this country." Apart from his brother and the likes of Bonehead and Guigsy in his band, he included Tony Blair as one of them. How deluded can you be?

When Take That split up in 1996, BBC2 broadcast a special TOTP2 showing their performances on Top of the Pops over the previous four years. Wouldn't it be good if the BBC broadcast something similar for the past 15 years of Oasis?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bad weather

Several years ago, the BBC London radio station had a couple of women who read out the travel news - one was called Jules Wilson and another was Kate Allen. A few years later, both started to appear in vision on the London television bulletins. From this, it was apparent that Jules had a better face for television, but both were competent enough.

But now Kate is used to present the weather as well. Why? She has no professional background as a meteorologist, thereby undermining the the authority of BBC Weather presenters. She has evidently tried to improve her looks, but she's no Laura Tobin. So why not just let the news presenter read out the weather instead? I'm sure Louisa Preston could do it perfectly well.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Fair

Popular music singer Lily Allen has declared that she is certain to vote Labour at the next General Election.

What is it that she likes about Gordon Brown? Could it be that he treats her with respect? Does he say he loves her all the time and maybe call her 15 times a day? Perhaps Lily has never previously met a man who has made her feel so secure, unlike other boys who are so dumb and immature?

But Lily, Gordon IS NO GOOD !!

It's such a shame.