From this week’s NME, classified section, listed under ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Trustee in Bankruptcy of Andrew Michael Rouke (formerly of “The Smiths”) wishes to sell Mr Rourke’s royalty stream. Any interested party should contact Joey Byrne, Turner Parkinson Solicitors… Manchester. Wow. Rourke (and drummer Mike Joyce) might have won that 1998 court case when the judge memorably branded Morrissey “devious, truculent and unreliable”, but I guess it wasn’t enough to keep the wolf from the door.

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Although what Rob says is pretty accurate, it’s not quite true that no one in the US “gets” Ali G, as this article from the NY Times demonstrates. (You’ll have to register with them to read this, but registration is free). It includes the following transcript of some of Ali G’s interview with James Baker (former US secretary of state): YOUNG MAN: Isn’t there a real danger that someone give a message over the radio…

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I watched “The Day Britain Stopped” last night. A “documentary-style drama” set in the future describing the events of a particular day in December 2003, when Britain comes to a standstill, and death and destruction ensues. It all starts fairly innocuously – but then a sequence of what would, individually, be serious, but relatively minor, events combine to create something much worse. A train strike pushes more traffic onto the roads; a couple of accidents…

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Popped out at lunchtime to hunt for a birthday present and card for my dad, who’s going to be 60 next week. I wasn’t really expecting to get anywhere with the present, but I thought I might at least manage to pick up a card. I was wrong. I failed spectacularly. Not only did I fail to get anything for him, I ended up buying one book for myself, I had to stop myself from…

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Some thoughts for the day. 1. Failing to qualify for Europe is no excuse for taking your website down as soon as the season finishes. 2. It’s not the same without Graham (although Alex is as bored as ever) but it’s still bloody fantastic. 3. Sometimes you just have to do the things that you don’t want to do. 4. I suppose it’s better to do the right thing later rather than never… 5. If…

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Looking forward to this tomorrow night. From the looks of that setlist it will be very Think Tank-centric (playing nearly everything except my current favourite song, Caravan, actually), but should still be an entertaining evening. Can’t wait.

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For about 15 minutes this morning I was wedged into my own little corner of the Northern line somewhere in a tunnel, somewhere outside Clapham North, waiting for the train to move following a “signal failure”. The unpleasantness of being stuck on a packed, hot, smelly train some distance underground was then compounded by the people who tried to get on to the clearly packed train at the next station (that is, when we finally…

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In an attempt to illustrate the probelm of inappropriate 999 calls, Avon and Somerset police have posted some examples of real 999 calls on their website. The results are, frankly, astounding. Like the man who calls 999 because his wife has gone out without leaving him any food: “Communications operator: ‘I’m sorry but I really can’t take this. It’s not an emergency because your wife won’t give you anything to eat.’”, or the woman who…

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