Wednesday
Aug132014

Blog 82

It seems if I wake up and my phone has loads of messages on it these days it means somebody has died.  Either a comic like Robin Williams or Rik or hundreds of people as in Gaza.

My friend Josh Howie, (who got five stars in Edinburgh from Kate Copstick in the Scotsman Hooray!) suggested I start stockpiling obits of my friends.  In a quiet moment I could work on a eulogy to somebody I know because who knows?  I might be talking about them on 5 Live in a few weeks time or doing a piece about them for the Telegraph.

Monday
Jun092014

Blog 81

Yes I’ve written a piece for tomorrow’s Independent about Rik but though radio and TV have been phoning I’m too upset to speak coherently.

Saturday
Apr052014

Blog 80

Blimey I’m all over the Saturday Telegraph this week (5th April)!  There’s me stunt driving in the motoring section then there’s me visiting Hull with Matthew Norman in the Weekend section.   It’s an Alexei Extravaganza!

I got knocked off my bike this week by a taxi driver turning left across me, this is the first accident I’ve had in ten years.   Somebody called an ambulance but I cancelled it, though I’m still in a bit of pain today, (it happened on Tuesday)  but what shocked me was how unpleasant the cabbie was, he’d hit me and he hadn’t been indicating but he still was really obnoxious.  I always think it’s easier when you’re driving or cycling to think that people are just trying to get about and not to assume that other road users are hateful but this guy really tested that belief.

With regard to your question Anthony on Critical Race Theory.  Interestingly a  few years ago at a bookreading a woman asked me a question about identity politics, I said I was more used to people asking me about working with the Daleks and she replied that in fact the Daleks were a prime example of identity politics since they were a single race trying to advance their own agenda.  Without seeking to devalue CRT (which I don’t know enough about) the thing that I always found liberating about Marxism is that it puts people’s economic relationship with each other above all else.  So white oppression in the United States is a function of the white ruling class and not of white people and any race is capable of oppressing any other race or its own race if it becomes the economic ruling class.

 

Blog 80a

The stories on the internet that I am going to take over from Sir Bruce Forsyth on "Strictly..." are premature.  Let's just say we are in talks with the BBC but that's as far as I can go right now.

 

Blog 80b

I'm on the TV tonight, Channel 4 in "For The Love of Cars" with Philip Glennister driving to Paris in a Triumph Stag.  Don't you all envy me?

Thursday
Feb132014

Blog 79

Somebody asked for a new photo so here's a nice one of me and Wilf.

Monday
Jan062014

Blog 78

Happy New Year everyone.  Since the tour ended one I haven’t really felt like posting because I haven’t got anything to say but it was a remarkable experience and I’ve only got a couple of regrets-that we didn’t fit in a Liverpool gig and as one of the OGs on this site that Evelyn didn’t get to see the tour.

I’m not sure that I want to tour again though not single gigs anyway, certainly until say the summer I want to carry on writing.  At the moment the volume 2 of the memoir is going well- provisional title “Thatcher Stole My Trousers”.  Then maybe I was thinking of a longish residency in London.  Starting out with the old material from this tour plus working out new stuff then maybe I could see me doing sort of five day stints in small venues in towns out of London but it is all theoretical at the moment.