Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Read some “positive thinking” Blinkist thing last night before bed in the hope that this morning I’d be a tsunami of energy.
I wasn’t but I did take from it a couple of ideas about surrounding myself with joyful sights and sounds and so I listened to The Fall on my drive in.

My immediate boss (1) isn’t around and so I took the positive placebo and got stuck into my ever growing work list.

I’ve been playing around with a desire to relive the 90’s and blog about it trying to convince people, the wider universe, that the 80’s were shite and the 90’s is where it’s at. I’ve had a radio idea fermenting, now thinking about blogging to go hand in hand with it.

With that in mind I went on to the official charts website and started to listen to every album that charted in the 90’s in order.

Three weeks in, pleasantly surprised by Loop and Jungle Brothers.

More thoughts formulated after tea and a bit of work. I will expand once I’ve properly got a plan.

One of my best friends from uni is coming down for an evening next Tuesday, an estate agent has riled me and my wife is amazing.

Monday, September 05, 2016

No place for nostalgia at Old Trafford?

This story was on joe.co.uk today..


...it reminded me of a story from another United legend.

When working for UTV from time to time the odd northern legend would pop into the Wigan office to talk to Talk Sport and one such legend was one Thomas Henderson Docherty.

In between chats with Richard Keys and Andy Gray I was telling him that I supported United and he said to me "I'll tell you about United shall I?"

"I've worked for United in various capacities over the years and they said 'if we can ever do anything for you, don't hesitate to get in touch'

"It was my daughter's 18th and she really wanted to go to see United and so I called and asked for tickets, they said 'No problem Doc' , sent the tickets and off we all went.

"They had a great time really loved it

"3 days later, I got a letter in the post from the club.

"It was an invoice."

It seems a lack of nostalgia for managers past is no new thing.

He also told me, 2 years before it happened, that David Moyes would take over from Sir Alex.

Moral of the story - if Tommy Docherty gives you a tip, get down the bookies!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Glenn Frey RIP

I used to work at what was the NYNEX Arena, Manchester as a steward, and every now and then I'd be asked to do a shift backstage.

One occasion was when The Eagles played there on their "Hell Freezes Over" tour and I was backstage.

Glenn Frey approached me and asked "Are they the bathrooms?"

I replied "Yes".


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What Am I Reading For???

I'm at the Fleece in Bristol at a night to commemorate what is unbelievably the 20th anniversary of Bill Hicks' death.

I first saw him on some Just For Laughs compilation. He was talking about smoking. Now I was always very vehemently anti-smoking to the point at which I'd bore schoolmate smokers with shit facts about how appalling their lives were about to become....and then I heard Hicks' line that "non-smokers die every day" and I pissed myself...and vowed to shut up.

I then seeked him out on comedy channels and in the video shops of Manchester. As with all the best comics he made me laugh myself hoarse and developed my world view.

I have since learned to think for myself a bit more.

I would give new and old friends tapes of his stand up hoping to convert them as well.

Every now and again I'd pull out his Oxford Live CD and be amazed at how, years after his death and in the middle of a different war waged by a different Bush, every sentence still rang true.

As much as anything it's the closing of the Revelations show that sticks.

"It's just a ride"


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sitting in a glasshouse surrounded by stones

I’ve just done a sweep on Blogger of “Next Blog”.

That’s when you visit a blog and then choose a new one randomly by hitting the “Next Blog” button that takes you to another Blogger site.

I was about to launch into a rant about the fact that these blogs haven’t been updated since 2011!!

And then I noticed how often this blog gets updated.

…and I shut my fat face!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mel Smith

Reprinted from the work blog

We were talking about Mel Smith on the show and discussing, off air, some of our favourite moments.

Tony was one of a generation of kids for whom sneaking around after you've gone to bed to watch "Not The Nine O'Clock News" was part of growing up.

Here are some of our favourite bits.

Tony's favourite : John McEnroe gets his breakfast.

My favourite - buying a Hi Fi

Gerald - "Wild? I was livid!"

The Two Ninnies

....and the classic head-to-head.