Conspicuous Consumers: Chris Rea

The Road To Hell is paved with mistaken identities, unseen stars and close brushes with celebrity you’d never know you’d had.  And to think I almost missed the man who did his best to put the “miserable” in Middlesborough.  One late, thoroughly horrid, Thursday night at the old Our Price store in Neal Street, Covent Garden in […]

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New Year, New Chow

I’m a huge fan of Lidl supermarkets.  Sure, the great Paolo Tullio shops in my local one, and that’s quite good enough for me.  Their selection of fruit and vegetables is, at worst, entirely adequate and a good deal of their pre-packed or frozen products are excellent value.  I would sooner do the majority of my shopping between there and […]

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Cream Of The Crop

Of all the “tributes” to the much-unmissed former U.S. President, Veet‘s timely ad is the most subtly unsubtle.  To the creatives who waxed lyrical on this one, garlands and medals all ’round.

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Tony Hart 1925 – 2009

Another founding stone of my love for television passed away last weekend.  Tony Hart, gentleman, artist and one of the most pristine, softly-spoken examples to children’s TV presenters the world over, has left us at the age of 83. I first fell under the spell of this wonderful man in the 1970s, on the slightly bizarre children’s arts programme, Vision On; […]

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Winter of Discount Tent

Greetings.  And I mean “greeting” very much in the Scots’ sense of the word*.  I Have Grave News has had a wee holiday, so when better to come back than on the most depressing day of the year?  And it’s been such a lovely few weeks, too.  What have we missed? Well, the first thing […]

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The Road To Hell…

Originally published in U Magazine, December 2007 Like your first love, your first cigar and your first electric shock, you never forget your first New Year’s Resolution. When I was six, I resolved to get to the moon. I’d seen it done on telly and we even sang a song about it in school, I […]

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