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How to present – look straight ahead

Not just at the invisible audience! Intentional intent The other day I was watching someone deliver a particularly pertinent and passionate speech. Except that I was distracted and found it very difficult to focus on the key messages. The reason? There was virtually...

#tunesday 12th November 2019

Happy Smoothsday Would you sell your soul for Total Control? One of the most wonderful things about what happened just after Punk happened is that otherwise dead smoochy, end-of-disco, slow, please-don't-snog-me songs suddenly became edgy and intense. And really very...

#tunesday 5th November 2019

Happy Smoothsday Something for Each and Everyone? So very nearly! I remember when I was a teenager that it was possible to love good ol' fashioned swoonsome music. Particularly if the people responsible were dressed in long coats and groovy hairdos. This cool-some...

How to present – catchphrases

Take a tip from the pros - grab a catchphrase Play your cards right I've been missing an important component of one of my favourite ever Saturday Night TV doses of sheer, unadulterated, light entertainment. Strictly Come Dancing, as irresistible as it still is, just...

#tunesday 29th October 2019

Jacky Tunesday! Passion, purpose and lots and lots of perspiration This song is hot and breathless indeed. You can hear the sweat pouring off it. It's a jaunty little number called La Chanson de Jacky by the Belgian chanter Jacques Brel. Even if you couldn't get much...