Thursday, 26 February 2009

The Return of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Since the death of Humphrey Lyttleton in April last year, there has been a major question mark over the future of the greatest comedy radio series of all time, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. I was delighted to hear today, on the new Radio 4 Blog (itself a welcome addition to the blogosphere), that the series is to return in spite of the sad death of Humph. The rotating presenters will be for the first three recordings Stephen Fry, Rob Brydon and Jack Dee, all ideal choices. Humph will be missed but I can't wait for the new series.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Free Cleaning for the American flag

Unless you have spent some time living in America, you might be surprised by the esteem many Americans feel for their flag. Down our way, many houses have the stars and stripes mounted on a flagpole from the front of their house. Schools have it at their entrance. I had not thought about it before, but these flags always look sparkling clean, and this is why. I was picking up some dry cleaning today and while I was waiting, I read a bold notice pledging as part of the cleaner's pride in their service that they always clean the American flag for free.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Favourite Jonny Cash Song

Over on the Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight asks "What is your favorite song by Johnny Cash?" He goes for "Jackson". My choice might seem a little eccentric, but it is his cover version of the Hank William's classic "I Saw the Light":

This comes from the 1974 episode of Columbo starring Johnny Cash as Tommy Brown (season 3, episode 7, "Swan Song"). I watched this episode when the BBC we re-showing the entirety of Columbo in he late 1980s and it made a massive impression on me, introducing me to Johnny Cash for the first time and developing my love for the Columbo TV series.