No Need To Panic Just Yet

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Yesterday’s election didn’t turn out the way I and 99% of my UK friends would have liked it to go, but I’m not sure we need to despair for the time being. Sure, the idea of a totally Conservative government in charge of my adopted country has me a bit worried about what they’re going […]



Dude Made it to 78, Not to Mention the Three Oscars

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Okay, so it’s Name Drop Time again. But reading about Jack Nicholson’s 78th birthday, then also seeing the disparaging press lining up to take a shot at how his life of excess has taken its toll, I think yeah, he doesn’t look the sex god he might have looked not so long ago, but so […]



Honesty and The C-Word

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I tweeted a few days ago that in the near 15 years since I first came to UK, I’ve been directly called the c-word by only three people. I should clarify for American readers that don’t know, the word can apply to either gender over here. Since it has such a negative connotation anyway, I […]



Easter Remembrances, Good and Bad

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This particular Easter I’m doing little more than jotting this down, perhaps listening to the Chart Show, then going to a nearby pub later tonight to watch a friend DJ. I’ve done little more than that for the past 30 or so Easters. I can’t even imagine how long it’s been since I’ve even been […]



What a week!

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I should have figured there was something up when I got a call last Monday from BT Internet, where the caller, so obviously reading from a script, said more than once, “Brian Seff, this is your lucky day!” He might as well have been a robot. Except he clearly faltered when I interrupted him, then, […]



Threatened by a Celebrity

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I would have opted to save this story another year and a half for the 20th anniversary of the incident, but when I found out yesterday that it was the 18th anniversary of the murder of rapper Biggie Smalls, aka Notorious B.I.G., né Christopher Wallace (and had he lived longer, no doubt he’d have stockpiled […]



Uh Oh! I Like Madonna!

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Actually, I have for quite some time, but only maybe a handful of her songs. More specifically, there’s “Like A Prayer,” that still brings tears to my eyes 26 years after it was released, then there’s about five other kinda good ones, and there’s a truckload of rubbish. What I like about Madonna was what […]



Two Vastly Different Name Drops from 25 Years Ago

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It may have even been 26 years ago, but ultimately the year’s difference doesn’t change the story. It was in February, 1990 (or 89?) that I got the chance to be the opener, potentially on a national tour, for a man who was my friend at the time, then within a few years we fell […]



First Gig In Vegas (No Name Dropping)

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Earlier this week in Las Vegas, I saw on the local TV news the destruction of The Blue Angel Motel on Fremont St., a cheap lodging facility near downtown which had been around since the 1950’s, and was to be demolished to make room for a new shopping mall. The motel featured a sculptured cartoon-ish […]



8,497th Commentary on The Super Bowl

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It’s hard right now to walk through the casino and not hear groups of people trying to determine what drugs the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff must have been on when they made possibly the worst single play call in the history of not just the Super Bowl, but maybe in the entire history of pro […]