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    The sun ain't gonna shine anymore

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 31/03/2019

    » In last week's PostScript concerning the use of the word "ain't" in music, one song not mentioned was The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, a big hit for the Walker Brothers in 1966. Sadly, the number is being remembered this week following the passing of Scott Walker at the age of 76.

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    Nothing wrong in being distracted

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 21/01/2018

    » Earlier this month in PostScript there was a reference to "distracted walkers", a term for those people who bump into you on the street or the BTS because they have their noses buried in their smartphones.

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    Don't think twice, Bob -- it's all right

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 23/10/2016

    » Everyone has an opinion on Bob Dylan being the first songwriter to win the Nobel prize for literature. The organisers explained Dylan was bestowed the honour "as a great poet". At the time of writing, he has yet to respond, a poet unusually lost for words.

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    Stairway to a kind of heaven in Bangkok

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 10/07/2016

    » The recent case in which Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were cleared of stealing the opening riff of their massive hit Stairway to Heaven reminded me of the first time I heard a Thai band play the song in Bangkok.

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    'Boaty McBoatface' just wouldn't float

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 08/05/2016

    » Earlier this year, Britain's National Environment Research Council (NERC) decided it would be a good idea for the public to choose the name of their new polar scientific research ship. What better example of democracy in action?

  • OPINION

    Don't worry, 'Pokemon Go' is only a fad

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 14/08/2016

    » Just when you think the world cannot get any more insane, along comes Pokemon Go. The less I say about it, probably the better, as gamers might suggest, heaven forbid, that I'm a bit old-fashioned, or to use the correct technical term, "a stupid old git".

  • OPINION

    Enjoying a cuppa with Harold the milkman

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 26/05/2019

    » When I was a teenager in the late 1950s/early 60s, we had a milkman called Harold whose son Gordon Neate was a professional footballer with our hometown team Reading who played in the Third Division. Every Saturday morning, on his rounds, Harold was invited into our kitchen for a cup of tea and he would relate all the behind-the-scenes gossip about the club.

  • OPINION

    Sometimes you just have to walk away

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 03/03/2019

    » The Hanoi summit may not have gone quite as smoothly as planned, but I'll leave that for the experts to dissect. One suspects the expression "sometimes you have to walk" will be widely featured in forthcoming panel discussions. Nonetheless, the summit did have its entertaining moments.

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    The Thai Blob is spreading its wings

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 27/01/2019

    » Many readers will be familiar with the long-running Adventures of the Blob on certain Thai TV channels in the war against cigarettes. When movies are shown, the blob races around the screen in pursuit of rogue cigarettes and attempts to blob them out to protect defenceless viewers. Unsurprisingly, the ridiculous blob only succeeds in irritating the TV audience. The absurdity of it all was highlighted recently during a gangster movie in which nearly everyone in the room was smoking. This prompted a squadron of blobs to go whizzing across the screen, fighting a losing battle and reducing a supposedly serious scene into a foggy farce.

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    Thailand through the looking glass

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 06/01/2019

    » I trust everyone is recovering from the silly hats and hangovers season. Soon it will be back to the grim reality -- hangovers without the silly hats.

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