Why I’d like us to be able to show joy

I was making a cup of tea alone in the office kitchen the other day, singing to myself and doing a dadlike jig, when someone came in and I hurriedly called a halt to my fun. It struck me afterwards, though, why I felt I had to stop. I’ve often seen kids dancing in the street while holding a parent’s […]

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Will Gary Glitter ever get radio airplay again?

Mention the name Gary Glitter to most over-30s in the UK and you’ll usually get a look of contempt. Once one of the darlings of the 70s glam-rock music scene, he is now synonymous with his various convictions for child porn and transformation from a slightly manic-looking pop star to a bald-headed weirdo with a grey goatee. In fact, you’ll […]

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Can’t buy me chart positions

Last week the world stopped (well, Apple thought it would), when Steve Jobs announced that tracks by The Beatles can finally be downloaded from iTunes. The earth duly continued spinning and thoughts turned to the impact this development would have on the UK singles charts. Surely, the public would suddenly rush to download a rash of Beatles tracks that they […]

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