When Coldplay first happened.

19 years ago.

In 2000.

I really liked them.


Yet with the passing of time.

I was unsure if I really liked Coldplay ‘back then’ simply because they were new.

And I was unsure if I grew to like them less because they became popular.

(This is quite typical of course).

But, these days, there is no uncertainty in my mind.

I am sure why I liked them in the beginning.

It’s because Parachutes is the best album they ever did.


Parachutes is the album that Chris Martin sings best on.

These are the songs that his voice was born for.

The songs are simple.

And bare.

And beautiful.

And here it is:


2011 is my favourite.

John Lewis Adverts.

There have been 13 John Lewis adverts.

The first was in 2007.

And it was called ‘Shadow’.


Here’s the set:

2007. Shadow.

2008.  Clues.

2009.  The Feeling.

2010.  A Tribute to the Givers.

2011.  The Long Wait.

2012.  The Journey.

2013.  The Bear and the Hare.

2014.  Monty the Penguin.

2015.  The Man on the Moon.

2016.  Buster the Boxer.

2017. Moz the Monster.

2018. The Boy and the Piano.

2019. Edgar the Dragon.



What about you?

Here they all are:


Don’t cheat.

This is The Lyrics Game (Part 1).

5 lyrics.

From songs you’ve heard.

See how many you get.

Answers below.

(Scroll down.

But not until you’ve done your best, OK?

If you get 5 you’re pretty cool).

  1. “In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name. By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same.”
  2. “I’ve changed my name, I’ve changed my face.
    But no one wants you when you lose”.
  3. “We started out as friends,
    But the thought of you just caves me in”.
  4. “Oh, can’t anybody see
    We’ve got a war to fight
    Never found our way
    Regardless of what they say”.
  5. “Boul ma sene, boul ma guiss madi re nga fokni mane
    Khamouma li neka thi sama souf ak thi guinaw
    Beugouma kouma khol oaldine yaw li neka si yaw
    Mo ne si man, li ne si mane moye dilene diapale”.




















  1. Prince. Sign O’ The Times.
  2. Peter Gabriel. Don’t Give Up.
  3. Terence Trent D’Arby (Sananda Maitreya). Sign Your Name.
  4. Portishead. Roads.
  5. Youssou N’Dour (Neneh Cherry). 7 Seconds.

Something beautiful:

And another:


75 of the top 100 grossing films.


In history.

So that’s 75%.

Or three-quarters of the top grossing films ever made.

Have one thing in common.

They’re remakes or sequels.


Originality is important.

Being pioneering is important.

And it’s exciting too.

But sometimes.

A thing that was served to one generation.

In one way.

Can be better served to a new generation.

Or a new audience.

In a new, interesting and amazing way.


I suppose DJ’s are doing this all the time.

Or at least most of the time.

Serving up other people’s music.

Reacting to a crowd.

Being spontaneous.

Creating an experience.

Building mood.

And emotion.

With other people’s tunes.



Done carefully and well.

Can be amazing.


You know I’m a fan of Antony and the Johnsons.

And I quite like that John Lennon too.

So when I realised that Antony Hegarty (now Anohni) had covered Lennon’s finest tune.


I wasn’t sure what it’d be like.

And whilst it’ll not be for everybody.

I love it’s rawness.

And it’s bravery.

Do Your Thing.



Make it yours.

Just do it really well, OK?

Do your thing with it.

Have a listen:


I’m not sure what you’ll think of this.

It’s a 1994 album.

Called ‘Showbiz’.

By a band called ‘Cud’.

Mark Shayler.

I bloody love this album.

And I think my friend Mark Shayler might like it, too.

Because Mark dresses funkily.

And because Mark’s head is filled with magic.

But I’m not sure what you will think.


The album is unusual!

(But then so is Mark).

Let’s see if you like it:

OK, a quick chat about Among Authors.

A band I’ve just discovered.


It wasn’t looking good for them, to be honest.

12 years ago.

At 23 years old.

Bandleader Ian Ketterer had open-heart surgery.

Ian plays piano.

And he has 9 fingers.

And he’s a singer.

And he’s deaf in one ear.


Oh, one more thing.

They are stunningly fucking brilliant!

Here they are: