From the daily archives:

Sunday, January 11, 2015

#979: 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, La Marseillaise

January 11, 2015

The French have responded in a magnificently French way to the horrors of being subjected to terrorist attacks in Paris. They have responded with cultured love and poetic defiance. They have showed the world true meaning to their own tripartite motto – Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Out of sheer admiration and respect for the French, my […]

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Week 2: Hero – Charlie Hebdo

January 11, 2015

This Week our Hero of the Week Award goes to French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo and the journalists and cartoonists who were killed in the terrorist attack on its offices. Today has seen more than a million people on the streets of Paris and an estimated 3.7 million across France turnout in unity against the […]

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Week 2: Prat – Gordon Taylor

January 11, 2015

This week’s Prat is Gordon Taylor Chairman of the Professional Footballer’s Association To be fair to Gordon Taylor, he does inherently appear to have something of the Prat about him – but this week, he excelled himself. The PFA have been supporting Ched Evans – one can understand that, after all, he is a former […]

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#978: 1981, Kirsty MacColl, There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis

January 11, 2015

It was Elvis Presley’s eightieth birthday on Wednesday. Or it would have been if he had lived that long – he has now been dead almost as long as he lived. If?!? What do you mean if? Don’t you know there’s a guy works down the chip shop…

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Week 2: Villain – French Islamicist Terrorists

January 11, 2015

This week, our regular Villain award is bestowed on Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene, the Islamicist terrorists who murdered twenty people in their rampage across and beyond Paris this week. “It is characteristic of fanatics who read the holy scriptures to tell themselves: God killed, so I must kill; Abraham lied, Jacob […]

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