Just Say No

The Detectives was a comedy show which aired in the UK betweem 1993-7. I loved it.

Just a Minute

As soon as I heard the word today, I thought of “without hesitation, repetition, deviation” – the three cornerstones of an institutional UK comedy radio quiz called “Just a Minute”.

The plan was that one of the celebrity contestants had to speak for a minute on a particular subject (given to them by the host). It was very near impossible to speak for a whole minute (my mother could have done it 😉), although the attempts made for a hilarious show.

The BBC now has several radio stations, one of which is a talk station called Radio Four. This is the original format, reminiscent of a hundred years ago, and it is probably the most highbrow station in the UK today, but each weekday evening, from 6:30PM – 7PM, they have a Comedy Half Hour. Just a Minute fitted into this slot, once a week. I don’t know whether it still does – its longtime presenter, a guy called Nicholas Parsons (a legend in the UK) died earlier this year, aged 96.

There are many clips of this show on YouTube, but most of them are full, half-hour shows. But I found this short clip (under a minute), just to give a taster. We’ve all heard of Graham Norton, right?

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), deviate.

Togetherness

This song (another unplugged version, but by a different artist, I think) is featuring on a UK commercial at the moment. (I’m not sure how good the commercial is, when I can remember the song but not the product – I’m sure somebody will comment what it’s all about).

I’d settled on my musical tastes by the mid-Eighties, but there was a sweet spot in the mid-Nineties, when new music became worth discovering again. Mostly, the Cool Britannia stuff, but this song (released in 1994, by The Wannadies) crept in. This version, however, was released by a bamd called The Macarons Project just last year. No, I never heard of them either but this is a decent listen.

It’s funny, I hear a lot of “unplugged” stuff on tv now – I’m sure the advertisers have worked out that this formula is a winner.