Tag Archives: pop

Chatting with Kylie Minogue and Melanie Sykes in make-up at the BBC (Rousse)

Since the BBC opened up its building to everyone it had the feel of a public library on a busy Saturday afternoon. Some offices were off-limits but – just as my mother and I had done – you could plonk … Continue reading

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A secret exit from the British Library (Rousse)

I am one the few people who know the secret of the fifth floor of the British Library. If ever lost in this august building, you should come to this level and turn left along the balcony above the reading … Continue reading

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Popping out to buy the paper (Rousse)

My mother asked me to pop out to buy the Sunday Times. My decision to look for a copy in the shop half way up the hillside of a small Scottish ski resort was not the best. However, luckily I … Continue reading

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Barefoot with a golf ball (Rousse)

Who else would travel miles to an open-air pop concert and forget to pack any shoes? It would be entirely my own fault if my feet were trampled upon by other festival-goers. This was of secondary importance, however, to SL’s … Continue reading

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Elton John and George Michael row in Danish sauna (Rousse)

Elton John screamed at George Michael to grow up. Then he flung the upholstered waste paper basket at him. It missed, and landed at my feet. George then came over to moan at me about his relationship with Elton John. … Continue reading

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Canadian cousins, bathers, a family row, and South Yorkshire pop bands in Whitby (Rousse)

My sister J planned an ambitious itinerary for the visit of our Canadian cousins N and D. I doubted that it were possible to squeeze everything into a single day. I was proved right in Whitby. It would never be … Continue reading

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Gary Glitter flashback (Rousse)

Gary Glitter sidled up to me from behind just as I was about to hand the dirty crockery from the Korean cookery demonstration over to one of the catering staff. I was struck by how much the disgraced pop star … Continue reading

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Papier-mâché craft and careers advice on the Morningside Road (Rousse)

The young lad on Morningside Road was disposing of goods from his school in charity shops. I called him back when I saw him cross the road carrying the large yellow papier-mâché lolly pop decorated with the words ‘To Daddy … Continue reading

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A coping strategy for the strangely blind (Rousse)

I suffered from an extremely rare form of blindness. Although I still had my sight, what I saw was completely different from what everyone else could see. I did all I could to disguise my disability by listening very carefully … Continue reading

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Elton John’s red and white singalong at Covent Garden (Rousse)

When the three of us emerged from the tube station I instantly recognised Covent Garden. This was nowhere near High Street Kensington, our planned destination. VAE was confident that she would persuade the station staff to let us back in … Continue reading

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