Wednesday, November 27, 2019
It was a day for notable deaths. A shock this morning to hear that Gary Rhodes had died overnight aged just 59. Less of a shock was the loss of Dr. Jonathan Miller at the age of 85 and finally Clive James' death was confirmed today, one that we and he had been expecting.
Jonathan Miller was one of those people whose intellect was frightening, and I enjoyed the story about the letter he sent to Private Eye which they still have on the wall...
..and Clive James' did prompt me into buying the collection of his TV writing and Unreliable Memoirs (a pay day treat).
I also listened to a great BBC Radio 4 show with him listening to archive recordings of himself which was fascinating.
Had one of those days at work where I actually got things done!
WHAT I LISTENED TO :
"Meeting Myself Coming Back - Clive James" - BBC Sounds
"The Adam Buxton Podcast - Nicky Wire" - Podcast, love Adam's podcast anyway but Nicky Wire was a great guest. Honest, no po-facedness at all just a real sense of enjoyment in his life and looking back at a heck of a past.
WHAT I WATCHED:
Newsnight : 26/11/19 - BBC IPlayer
Rick And Morty S04E01 - All 4
Mr Pickles S01E01 - All 4 : Never even heard of this Adult Swim series but it couldn't be more up my street if it was lying on the sofa next to me demanding a cup of tea.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Monday, September 05, 2016
...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
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
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
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!