Monthly Archives: October 2004

Breaking News

President Bush pardons a turkey. He’d probably rather send it to Iraq. Here’s important news if you ever have the misfortune to mislay any turkeys. An American company has now developed a range of audio products which will startle them…

Spelling The Blues

I’ve just transferred some jazz CDs into iTunes, which automatically updates track information from the internet. This is a splendid idea. Or it would be if the database people could spell. Thanks to them, my computer playlist now refers to…

The Bollinger Look

I’ve noticed recently that the Bollinger look is very in this autumn. Bollinger lookalikes are to be found everywhere, from catfood boxes to pink notepads in Claire’s Accessories. The fashionable must-have Bollinger look comprises: (1) Tabby bits (2) White fluffy…

A Boll lookalike, on the cover of my new notepad from the laddish Claire’s Accessories.

Bolly with kitten siblings, looking suspiciously like the cat in the tiara.

Tramp in Cadogan Hotel

The Six Degrees of Separation indirect namedrops continue. My friend Cyn’s godson was in Midsomer Murders on Sunday, playing Henry the rower. Meanwhile, my friend H told me a story about having dinner at the Cadogan Hotel on Sloane Street…

Haunted Hertford

Statue outside one of Hertford’s many antique shops As Halloween approaches, here’s my personal guide to haunted Hertford. Or “haunted” Hertford if you wish. I’ve avoided writing “allegedly haunted” and so on, as it’s tedious. I’ve not seen any of…

My Next Radio Programme

The Secret Life of Telephone Numbers produced by Alan Daulby BBC Radio 4 (92-95FM) Repeated: Monday 27 December 2004 (Day after Boxing Day) 8.02pm ‘Choice’ in Radio Times Here’s what the Radio Times critic says: There was once a man…

Careless Wyndham

Early 20th century Vorticist Wyndham Lewis clearly had a premonition of George Michael when he painted Tyro. If you want to see more extraordinary art lookalikes, including my hero and occasional colleague John Peel, go to www.robmanuel.blogspot.com and click on…

Black Shuck

This is Black Shuck – the East Anglian hellhound which, according to legend, left scratch marks on Blythburgh Church door (see Dunwich entry). If you want to know more about him and his connections with the Hound of the Baskervilles,…