JLS: Eyes Wide Open – the 10th anniversary of an intimate 21st century pop film

When pop bands get to a certain level of success - hit singles and albums, stacks of awards and sellout tours, it's safe to say they've reached national ubiquity and adoration. It is therefore not out the question, then, to mark this transition into absolute phenomenon via their first big screen outing. But it's a … Continue reading JLS: Eyes Wide Open – the 10th anniversary of an intimate 21st century pop film

Celebrating 10 years of supporting Marie Curie with my Virtual Quiz Night

2021 is a special year for me in many ways. One of them marking an important milestone for me. Regular readers may know that one of the organisations I support and give my time to is Marie Curie UK. I've now been supporting, fundraising and collecting for them in one form or another for 10 … Continue reading Celebrating 10 years of supporting Marie Curie with my Virtual Quiz Night

JLS: a retrospective piece on the 10th anniversary of their debut album

It's funny how much has changed in ten years. Not least of all The X Factor. Once the cornerstone and an unmissable powerhouse of Saturday night entertainment on ITV, pulling in 16m viewers at its peak, it actually once did what it said on the tin and produced stars. Nowadays, it's a pitiful and irrelevant … Continue reading JLS: a retrospective piece on the 10th anniversary of their debut album

Hello to you and thanks for joining: the top 10 ‘such fun’ episodes of Miranda

Well, a hearty good evening to you my dear blog reading chums. Now come along please, settle. That's it. And let us get you up to speed. Previously in our lives, 10 years ago, in 2009, the news was full of economic doom and gloom, dark intense crime dramas were becoming all the rage, and … Continue reading Hello to you and thanks for joining: the top 10 ‘such fun’ episodes of Miranda

Rachel Stevens’ “Come & Get It” at 10: celebrating a great lost pop classic.

All the acts from 2008-12's great British pop renaissance either suddenly flopping hard in the charts and/or launching solo careers of varying degrees of amazingness this year, has led me back to reminiscing on the last time that happened. And when I sat down to work it out this week, I reasoned it must have … Continue reading Rachel Stevens’ “Come & Get It” at 10: celebrating a great lost pop classic.