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Mad Tidings or how to fill a stocking better than Joan Harris

As season 4 of MadMen builds towards what promises to be a thrilling climax and the festive season approaches, I find myself pondering swelegent Christmas gifts for those who’ve become irresistibly drawn to the series and who – like me … Continue reading

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The dead wood stage

The other day I came across an old email in which I’m regaling a male friend with the trials and tribulations of my Sunday.  I was making the point that whilst his routinely revolved – and probably still do – … Continue reading

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Dors keep swingin’

As Britain’s best-loved blonde bombshell of the post-War era, Diana Dors is as synonymous with mid-50s’ glamour as a pink Cadillac.  But the former Rank starlet was much, much more than just a buxom pin-up.  With an astonishing ability to … Continue reading

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Mighty high cotton

Mondays aren’t generally renowned for their life-affirming qualities.  But Monday 21st October 1985 was to prove an exception and has taught me never to judge the day by its downbeat wrapper.  My first driving lesson had seen me happily pootle … Continue reading

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Hot and bothered

I’m staggered that in the aftermath of the heroic, death-defying rescue of the 33 Chilean miners (go, Chile, go!), it appears to be beyond the wit of Transport for London to regulate the temperature in their new (note: new) rolling … Continue reading

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Happy Kanelbullens dag!

According to its Facebook page, the annual Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon bun day) will see over 5,000 fans tucking in to this delightful confection on the 4th October by way of celebration.  As a devotee myself, no trip to Stockholm is … Continue reading

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Instroville meets Coolsville!

Just as Doo Wop and the Girl Group sound made their contribution to the story of Rock’n’Roll’s, so too did the Pop Instrumental, bringing with it a new dimension and diversity to the charts.  From the mid-1950s until the British … Continue reading

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Girls Gone Rockin’

If one were to go by the charts alone, it would be easy to figure that red-blooded Rock’n’Roll, and its kissin’ cousins R’n’B and Rockabilly, was solely a male preserve.  And to a degree that was the case but as … Continue reading

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The grass isn’t always greener

“Delightful!” I mutter drily, perusing the local rag.  Just as house prices have plummeted, burglaries have risen exponentially thanks in part – the article alleges – to a greater emphasis by police on vice.  Momentarily a nostalgic vision of Soho … Continue reading

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A beautiful find

Three episodes into Season 4 of MadMen, I’ve lately been reminded of the stellar contribution David Carbonara’s music has made to this series.  As sublime to listen to as MadMen has been to watch, I was compelled to buy the … Continue reading

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