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Product news!  A while ago I was on Broadcasting House on Radio 4 reviewing the papers and I launched into a Marxist denunciation of Strictly Come Dancing which they were very taken with.  I’ve now done a longer piece for the Guardian on the same theme.  I’m not sure when it will be printed but I would guess in the next few days.

I’ve also booked a small book reading tour for next year, a few dates a month so I’ll put those dates on here when they are all confirmed.  I’ll mostly be reading from the new memoir “Thatcher Stole My Trousers”.  I’ve moved publishers from Sceptre to Bloomsbury and they want to publish that in March 2016.  So bit of time to go.

Celebrity gossip! I bumped into Stewart Lee the other day in Camden, he bought me a coffee and while we were chatting he got a parking ticket.  I said I'd buy him something nice for Christmas to compensate but I probably won't.


Blog 83a

Sadly my show "Hot Tango Cool Salsa" is not real but there's a woman on the Guardian comments who thinks it is.


Blog 83b

Yes thank you Peter, I thought for a while there I'd written a song that I had no recollection of writing.

Here's some of the dates on my very spread out book reading tour.  Which is called "Listen with Alexei"

 Thursday 22nd Fareham-(think this one's sold out but might be some returns)

23rd Dorchester_Corn Exchange.

3rd Feb Merlin Theatre Frome.  

7th Gulbenkian Canterbury.  (This one's just an interview type thing)

26th Feb-Colchester Arts.

 6th March Pontardaw Arts.  

7th Flavel Dartmouth.  

8th Acorn Penzance.

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Reader Comments (29)

Spelt Maysles name wrong in Grauniad and article was not obtuse enough to be properly Marxist!

November 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpat


November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEd

nice one

November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMukul

Finally good to read sense in a national paper. However, not entirely sure I believe the boast about a 'practical knowledge of the art' and 'a smattering of tap'. I demand a video, possibly with Stewart Lee as your partner. Both / either in tight spandex is my secondary request. What better Christmas present could he ask for?

November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Spine

Oh thank god for your Guardian article on Strictly. It is such a load off my mind to have my discomfort explained. Marxist or Marxian, I'm not bothered. I'm serious. It might look sarky, what I've just written, but I mean it. Phew! It's like getting out of the car when I've been feeling a bit queasy. I am a dance lover and jiggle a bit still, so when people say something like "so you must enjoy strictly", I can't put into words why I would rather read my book. Am curious, have you really got a one man salsa show coming along?! I fear not. So I shall look out for your book readings in 2015. I've had a really crap year so there's something to look forward to.

November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi Martin

"My dislike of TV talent shows, though I give it an ideological gloss, is based, as ideology often is, on personal trauma." Throwaway line, essential nugget of utter truth.,

November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Great piece! See also how normative ballroom dancing is about which genders dance together and who 'leads'. Check out Irreverent Dance which tries to challenge this http://www.irreverentdance.co.uk

November 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

Wonderful Strictly demolition...about time! I saw you in 70's in York - laughed so much I had an asthma attack! Love your short stories 'Dog Catcher', Overtaken' - pure genius. x

November 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve


I loved your article on strictly but I thought you pulled your punches a bit. I was hoping for a total demolition. Please write about the x factor. I was trying to explain to my wife why I can't tolerate it, but i could only come up with 'it's not because I hate it per se, it's because of what i love' . I need better ammo.

December 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBen Pedler

"I launched into a Marxist denunciation of Strictly Come Dancing"

Everybody give three cheers except the BBC!

December 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Ah, a new installment in the memoirs! Excited!

Thanks for The Guardian link, Ed :)


December 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I liked the Guardian article very much.

In Christmas telly news - apparently you're on in a couple of days, featuring in a tribute to Rik Mayall. Lord of Misrule.

And possible elsewhere. The Last Crusade is probably on at some point.

December 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Look forward to your next book Alexi,my favourite of yours is Mr.Roberts and Overtaken.Saw you play the State Theatre in Sydney,May 1996,recall you doing Dr.Martin's Bouncing Boots,and not long into the routine you forgot the words and carried on dancing,laughing your head off,great stuff.So get cracking on with that book,your words are right up my street.Just reading Paul Merton's autobiography at the moment,and as your most probably aware,you were the inspiration for him to do comedy.
PS The Cabbage Hall is now re-opened and it's all bright n breezy.A fellow Anfield local.

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Lovely tribute. I was interested to hear how Rik's accident changed him. Did he lose his sarcasm / cruel streak? His comedic edge? Everything he and Ade did after the accident didn't seem as good. And it was sad that Ade chose not to be involved. I understood the reasons he gave though.
Love & violence

December 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRussell


December 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo

Lived in England in Thatcher era and survived it. Saw you on TV - might have been The Tube back when Paula Yates was still around - doing a song I haven't found anywhere since. About politics (no real surprise there) and seemed to be called Recipe for Disaster or have those lyrics in it.
Do you recall the one? If you don't, I suppose no-one is likely to. Paula is gone, Thatcher era that likely encouraged the song is gone but, hey, you're still here. A fellow survivor!

January 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

'Recipe' is on the 'Panic' album. You can probably get it second hand on vinyl - it was never released on CD. There may be a digital download somewhere...

Peter Thomas

January 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thomas

Louise, just to say, the track you're after isn't called 'Recipe', it's the title track from 'Panic'. Just listened to the album again, it's actually very musically accompllished!

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thomas

Thanks, Peter Thomas, for your really helpful reply and clarification of the song title, too!

January 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLouise

Dear Mel Gibson

I wrote to you many years ago regarding your appearance in Hull. It was a lovely time. Unfortunately I did not get any tickets that night, I was the one who mugged you when you was getting into your car. Anyway I am getting off the point. I was looking forward to seeing you in in the new Rocky film... I mean.. Mad Max. Unfortunately it seems disappointingly that the studio decided not to cast you because of your rants which unfortunately ended up on You Tube. Look, I know your wife can cook carrots. So stop shouting at her.
Just a second my kitchen is on fire. Anyway I am hoping you can send me some tickets to see you at one of your rare book reading sessions. Can you make it late in the year as I am doing time right now for shoplifting a full sized bust of Elvis Presley from Primark.
With best wishes and always laughter. Mr Hoffman.

January 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBen Hoffman

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