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.


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?


Blog 79

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


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.


Blog 77

Well that was exhausting, I’m glad I did the tour but I think I need a long rest now.  To answer a few questions-I’d thought I would never film the show and I didn’t this time and I always thought I didn’t like that idea that you threw your entire show away after a year or two but now maybe I will remount this show next year, do maybe ten dates, hopefully including Liverpool, and film it at some point then release a DVD and then start again with a whole different set.   We’ll see.

Somebody asked about touring Australia, which I used to do, but I think that this show is so much about UK politics and class that I can’t see that a lot of  it would work outside Britain.  I don’t know maybe I’ll go through it at some point and see what would work outside the UK and what wouldn’t.

Blog 77a

I agree that a DVD can never really capture the experience of attending a gig but perhaps it can go some of the way to evoking the performance on the night.

If I do make one I certainly won't make the mistake that I made with the "Alexei Sayle Pirate Video".  My manager at the time, a somewhat wayward character, had the brilliant idea of putting the VHS not in the conventional box but in a paper bag so apparently replicating a pirated vinyl record.  In the few shops that chose to stock the video it would constantly fall on the floor due to the paper bag.