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2008: My Top Five Favourite Songs

Last year I started what I suspect will become a bit of a tradition. I named my 5 favourite new songs of 2007. I was loose in my definition of new. This year, ‘new’ means new: all but one of the songs was published in 2008. So here you go: my top five new songs …

Mark Steel: What’s Going On?

Mark Steel is the Jeremy Clarkson of the left. Just cleverer. And funnier. And not so naff. And much better dressed. Steel’s book, What’s Going On? is hilarious but as a humour book it’s strangely unsatisfactory. It’s about the degeneration of a relationship, the decline of the left as a force in British politics and …

The X-Factor: Hallelujah.

When it comes to showbiz, I like schmaltz. I’ve liked schmaltz even more since I learnt it was a jewish/yiddish term for goose, chicken or pork fat. That’s what you need to add a bit of fun, luxury, shine and excitement to a dish. Showbiz is the same. I like schmaltz. So, I’ve been enjoying …

Today’s motivational spur…

This morning I learnt that a school chum has published a novel. Not a close friend or anything but being a curious kind of person I popped over to Amazon buy it: Who is Charlie Conti? by Claus von Bohlen. And while I was there I tought, “well, I’d better get Richard Mason’s new book …

Something Changed

Pulp. I just love Pulp and one song will come to that desert island when I’m famous enough and I think it’s probably gonna be this one. Oh Jarvis. Where would I be now? Where would I be now, if we’d never never met? Would I be blogging this song somewhere else instead? And I’m …

Costa Book Awards Sanction a Typo

I’m not that proud for noticing this: I’m not the lovely Lynne Truss and I fully accept that we all make typos. In general, I’m pretty forgiving. But I couldn’t resist pointing out this tiny mistake from the Costa Book Awards. They really ought to know better after all.