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What is wrong with these people?

What is wrong with these people?

I refer to Intu – the shopping centre people. They have just gone belly up! They own a number of well known UK shopping centres, like Lakeside in Essex and the Trafford Centre in Manchester. They also own two here in the North East of England, Eldon Square in...
No, I think the message is very clear

No, I think the message is very clear

It’s been an extraordinary few days and an even more extraordinary few weeks. Today is Tuesday 12th May 2020, and it’s day 50 of the total lockdown of the UK, a result of this terrible Covid-19 pandemic. Like most countries in the world, the UK has been in...
The worst day of the year

The worst day of the year

We have been doing this since 1916. On the last Sunday in October, at 2am, we turn our clocks back by one hour to 1am. But why? Apparently it was started in 1916, during the first world war, to save energy to help the war effort. But we still do it today.The current...
You can watch BBC programmes abroad

You can watch BBC programmes abroad

Because of the unique way the BBC is funded … is a phrase that you often hear being used to explain why the BBC are making a programme, for instance, that a commercial broadcaster would not risk spending money on. The BBC is a public service broadcaster after...
Sorry Waitrose, it’s a bit too far.

Sorry Waitrose, it’s a bit too far.

Have you seen the 2017 Waitrose Christmas ad? Yes the black and white one where they are snowed in, in a pub. Why is it in black and white incidentally? Are they trying to be arty, or save money? What? Anyway, as you can clearly see from the screen grab, the name of...
Tom Chaplin – Brilliant

Tom Chaplin – Brilliant

This week, actually on Thursday 11th May 2017, Helen and I went to the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead to see Tom Chaplin in concert. Tom, if you don’t know, was the lead singer of the UK band Keane, who had hits with songs like ‘This Is The Last...
Blame the burgers

Blame the burgers

It is ironic. I’m sitting watching people go by and am amazed at how many fat, and very fat, people there are at the Metro Centre in Gateshead. But, as I watch I’m sitting in a fast food burger shop called Five Guys, eating a burger and chips! I use the...
Elections – don’t let the people vote

Elections – don’t let the people vote

2016 has been a unique year for elections. We had one in the UK, we didn’t need it but we had it anyway, because of the greed of one selfish man. We got it wrong. They had one in the USA, and they got it wrong too, mainly because of what preceded it. We start in...
At last the EU Referendum

At last the EU Referendum

Thursday, 23rd June 2016. I posted this earlier today on Facebook, so apologies if you have already seen it. But thank God this day has finally arrived. I am utterly sick of all the lies, misinformation, misconceptions, misquotes, invented facts, invented numbers,...
We’ve come a very long way

We’ve come a very long way

Back in the early 1960’s, music underwent a transformation. We had already moved away from the days of big bands and crooners, through skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll, to the start of something that is still with us now, and always will be, popular music....