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The Old Boys On Audio

  Well, none of us saw that coming! The makers of ebooks, touted as the biggest thing since actual books, have discovered that they have a finite audience. They’re mostly purchased by readers who buy more than the average number of paper books. I love ebooks, especially if I’m travelling or the book I’m reading […]

A Christmas Song

Sadly there’s no snow in Covent Garden (or anywhere else in the country). It’s warm and rainy here but to get us into the Christmas, Pagan or holiday spirit, depending upon how you live, here’s Anna and the Apocalypse, not a band but last year’s small-scale smash and one of the few Scottish zombie musicals […]

The Friday Song

To commemorate Mr Trump visiting London with a thousand armed minders making sure that protesters couldn’t reach him, I thought we’d have a little number dedicated to the NRA. NB Not intended as a comment on US foreign policy.    

The Saturday Song

It’s been a week of such depressing news that I can’t even refer to the weather as glorious because it’s part of the global emergency. So let’s have a song from Pogo that will make you feel warm inside. (That’s Pogo’s logo.) Part of the fun with Pogo is guessing all the movie samples. This […]

Sunday Song

When the ‘Hamilton’ audience caused a furore in the White House for booing theatre attendee Mike Pence, it made Lin-Manuel Miranda a spokesperson for the migrant diaspora, so it feels right that the latest in Miranda’s series of Hamildrops should be written by the legendary John Kander, and should be pointedly aimed at the migrant […]

The Friday Song Is On Tuesday

‘The Scottsboro Boys’ was angry and contentious when it appeared in 2010 – shockingly so as the real-life miscarriage of justice that wrecked (and indeed, took) the lives of nine young black men falsely accused of rape was one of the last collaborations between John Kander and Fred Ebb before the latter’s death. The Scottsboro […]

The Friday Song

While turning out some boxes (mostly binning old British newspaper interviews full of ludicrous misinformation about me) I came across a letter from a friend who was saying farewell to all of his pals. He had grown up in a small American town where he was mercilessly bullied about his sexuality, so he moved to […]

The Friday Song

Victoria Wood and I were the same age. The ‘female Alan Bennett’ sadly died two years ago. She became a friend very early on in both our careers. I went to the first play she had staged and remained a pen-pal for a long time (I kept her hilarious letters). Some performers are naturally nervous; […]

The Friday Song…

…is arriving late owing to a signal failure at Waterloo. Your song will now appear as the Sunday Song, several versus shorter than the scheduled song, on Saturday afternoon. This is because I’m going to visit friends for the weekend, and it would be rude to take my laptop. There are plenty of reasons to […]

The Friday Song!

Still grounded and feeling kinda low tonight, so Sufjan suits the mood. He’s usually a bit weedy for me, but I like this melancholy track, used in ‘Call Me By Your Name’, the soundtrack of which is nothing if not eclectic. The first time I heard it, I thought he was saying, ‘Is it a […]