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Review: Phantom of the Opera

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I went to Phantom of the Opera on Monday. I’d never seen it before. Has this thing really been running for 21 years? Why? Unlike many Phantom audience members who plan and save and look forward to their visits like a state occasion, I was still mooching around the new Primark in Oxford Street at […]

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The Good Juice

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I am a man of little ambition. I wrote that to see if it looked any more true on the screen than it did in my head. Any plateau of achievement to which I ever ascended was done not with the crampons and pick of study and struggle but if not exactly in a taxi, […]

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Monopoly Money

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I’m standing outside B&Q in the Old Kent Road where two school-age chav truants are trying to light a spliff, a dishevelled amputee is waving his arm stump in my face and a black crack whore is begging for small change. The crack whore is wholly unsuccessful in her mission, the sizeable clump of South […]

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Desperate Housewife

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I’m not happy about my cleaning lady. That sounds SO Bree van de Kamp that I have to apologise and explain. I’m not complaining about her work, Rahat is an exemplary cleaner. She’s neat and pleasant, turns up on time, doesn’t take phone or toilet breaks during the three hours that she’s busy, and apart […]

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Tour-ettes Syndrome

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I’m doing some work with a film company who are making a pilot for a new TV travel show and as part of the research I’ve been to a couple of “tourist attractions” like the Royal Pavilion in Brighton and the Imperial War Museum in London. It’s caused me to reflect on the nature of […]

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Murky Waters

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I know you think this blog just twitters about musical theatre and my Manchester childhood, but I do think about other things too, and one topic which is currently filling my horizon is the Iran sailor/hostage situation which has blown up like a Channel squall, and seemingly subsided as quickly. Although I love a good […]

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Star Turns Part Two: The Sound of Music

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Fast forward to Friday. During the afternoon, I had an appointment at the London Palladium to negotiate its hire for the London Gay Men’s Chorus Christmas show and it was more than exciting to be on that stage, especially as it was maintenance day for Sound of Music and the mountain was rotating on its […]

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Star Turns Part One: Equus (Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths)

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It’s been quite a week in the West End. On Tuesday, my best-mate James, who works for Cameron Mackintosh the theatre mogul, phoned to say he had a spare ticket for the first night of Equus starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the majestic Richard Griffiths who, it only occurred to me much later, had played his […]

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Melancholy Baby

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My late friend John Forde says my blog is ‘tinged with melancholy’. I’m not tingeing deliberately, although it does seem to be developing into a piecemeal autobiography of memories triggered by incidents from today. I flatter myself that’s Proustian rather than requiring urgent prescription medication, but it tempts me to ask, preferably with a blinking […]

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Phone Saga

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After months of dithering and overpaying the wretched T-mobile people, I finally took the plunge into a new cellphone contract. Tons of minutes and a thousand texts for half what I used to pay. And I went everywhere on and off-line to check it was the best deal, including some spivvy mauve-shirted lads in Phones4U […]

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Blanche

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Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded why I live here … here’s Thames Barrier Park seen from the balcony unsullied and undogged at about 7 on Tuesday morning

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Teachers 2

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I can’t move on from this subject without recording the debt I owe Joan Webber, my kindergarten teacher. I went to school when I was only 3, my mother being driven insane by my early ability to read the Radio Times and incessant questions about “what does this mean”. Evidently I came home from school […]

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Teachers 1

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Chatting to a friend and fellow bloggist about writing styles, I stumbled across the fact that two of my erstwhile University lecturers went on to be major biographers. Norman Sherry who was Professor of English at Lancaster and a fussy little man I really didn’t like had modelled himself personally on Joseph Conrad – a […]

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Long Dark Teatime

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“When the light fails on winter evenings, and the river behind the house is silent but for its cold flowing …” I wish I knew exactly where that came from, because apart from anything else a pretty calculated “verse speaking” of it won me Victor Ludorum for the highest individual score in the Harrogate Music […]

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53 – 19?

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It’s not the Rugby score! I can’t write this at the moment, but I want to keep the placeholder and date.

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Paris

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The Last Time I saw Paris, my heart was young and gay … Yes well, that was then, this is now. I should be in Paris right this very minute actually except I never got my arse to Waterloo for the 12.09 Eurostar today. I had planned a trip with three purposes – to see […]

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Confession

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I wonder if blogs are like new diaries, or New Year resolutions – to be buffed and polished and pored over for the first days of the year, and then left to gather dust. The major question I’m expecting from Gentle Reader (oh and I so wonder what you’re like) is Why? and Why Now? […]

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