Monthly Archives: March 2018

Celebrity Relief

Earlier this week I was in the audience at the iconic Citizens Theatre to see an excellent stand up routine from Alexei Sayle as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival. Alexei was particularly scathing about the motivation behind events like Comic Relief. He imagined villagers in somewhere like Eritrea saying “Griff Rhys Jones hasn’t been […]

Get it Write

I admit that this may be a sign of my advancing years, but I find myself getting more and more upset these days at the abuse of the English language in the media. Take percentages as an example. If the rate of inflation has risen from one per cent to two per cent, the media […]


I was very sad yesterday when I heard the news that the NME is to cease publication. My sadness is not just because yet another print publication is biting the dust, but also because I have fond memories of the New Musical Express from my youth. My teenage years were in the 1970s when, like […]