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05/31/2004 - 06/06/2004

Mon 31 May 2004

Vote for me!

The latest leaflet promoting the candidates in next week's elections floated through my letterbox overnight. As it arrived overnight, it had to be from the Conservatives, as their vampires can't come out in the sunlight. (Sunshine on a bank holiday? Shome mishtake, shurely. But I digress.) As last week, I'll be quoting from their leaflet until I find something offensive.

Twenty years of Labour is long enough.
It's time for a change.

On the move...
We will tackle congestion and car parking. We will commission an immediate feasibility study into an underground system for our City.

And stop. There's a very good reason why Birmingham doesn't have an underground network like London's - it's the geology of the city, and not even Howard the Count can change that. (Can we call Michael Howard a Count? I think we just did.) To compensate, we do have one of the best overground rail networks in the country. It's not good enough, there are too few stopping trains on key commuter routes, and there are no rail links to Merry Hill, but it's a whole lot better than nothing.

Phew. Thought I was going to have to type up the whole leaflet there...

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posted 31 May 2004, 10.03 +0100

Politics
It must be cricket season

No upsets in the third round of the domestic cup contest over the weekend, Ireland were duly put to the sword by Northamptonshire. The huge, massive, utter upset could be on in Trinidad, though. At close of play Sunday, the West Indies were 262/5, trailing Bangladesh by 154 runs. Worse, the visiting side had dropped nine catches - had they retained them all, it's quite possible the Windies could be looking at having to follow on. Against Bangladesh. Stop laughing at the back.

Elsewhere in North America, John Davidson beat the USA, quite simply. His side Canada beat the People's Democratic Republic of United Provinces at a canter. Davidson took 17 (SEVENTEEN) of the twenty PDRUP wickets in the game, and found time to hit 84, the highest score of the game. Canada will host Bermuda in the ICC Intercontinental Trophy later in the year.

And Nasser Hussein is the voice of reason. Now that he's retired, he can speak his mind, and call for England to boycott their scheduled tour of Zimbabwe this autumn.

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posted 31 May 2004, 21.47 +0100

Sport
The newswrap

Presidential gun kept as souvenir. To no-one's surprise, the occupying forces in Iraq have been looting and keeping trophies, in strict violation of their international law obligations. The rot starts at the very core, with Fuzzy Lumpkin retaining a rifle that once belonged to ousted President Sadaam Hussein.
"He really liked showing it off," Time quoted an unidentified visitor as saying. "He was really proud of it."

"Mr Kilroy-Shaft wants to abuse me now" - Nick Clark on to-day's The World At One, caught in a debate between arch-Eurosceptic John "Vulcan" Redwood and the self-promoting Robert "Don't 'we' me" Kilroy-Shutup. Apparently, a poll (by an unspecified organisation) has put Mr Kilroy-Shaft's party in second place. Sorry, he's with the UKIP this week, and they're only in third, ahead of the Lib Dems. Will this be bourne out at the elections? Er, no. Not least because there's a challenge looming to Mr Shutup's possible election in the East Midlands after he got extra publicity on ITV's The Vault last week.

Elsewhere, the Muslim Association of Britain advises its members not to vote for Labour. Instead, they're suggesting people vote for George Galloway's socialist group Respect, or for the Green party. Ken Livingstone's strong record against the unlawful occupation earns him the group's nod for their 1000 members, but their general recommendation for local councils is to vote Lib Dem, as they may do in the North West on a Stop BNP platform.

In Turkey, the trial of those charged with the Istanbul bombings last year has been halted, for a rather Kafka-esque reason. Last month, the Turkish State Security Courts were abolished by parliament, so that the country's judicial procedures were in line with European Union requirements. However, the dozen defendants were brought before a State Security Court to-day, leading the defendants, their lawyers, the prosecution, and ultimately the judges to declare that the court had no right to exist. The trial is now on hold for a month or two, pending the Turkish parliament deciding how they're going to sort this one out.

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posted 31 May 2004, 21.47 +0100

News
My Top 500

For the past year, I've been using Winamp Toplist to count the tunes I hear through my PC. Now, the top 500 tunes I've heard are up in a list, along with some basic stats about when I listen.

No real surprises at the top, as a rare Brainstorm track heads the list from a Lithuanian act's cover of Nicole's Eurovision winner. Two Canadians and one Italian in the top five, with reps from Belgium, Germany, Sweden, and Finland in the top 20, and the highest living British act is Alex Parks at number 18. I'd recommend her to anyone, just as I'd tip Ephemera, Brainstorm, and Scala.

The top television theme is, not unsurprisingly, Rock Revolution ahead of the jaunty Breakfast Time theme. Their rivals at TV-AM join The Adventure Game and John Craven's Newsround in the top 100, while an oddity from Jigsaw nestles just outside. The first records I heard this calendar year are at 137-141, and I reckon I'll be hearing a lot more from the Lou Reed track at 139 before the year's out.

A year is a long time in music, and if you take the time to read down the whole list, you'll gain some insight into what moves me.

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posted 31 May 2004, 21.59 +0100

Entertainment

Tue 01 Jun 2004

The most beautiful women in the world

A company that wants lots and lots of free publicity (and hence will get none from me! Ha!) has put out one of those surveys. According to some anonymous "beauty experts", the most beautiful woman, ever, was Audrey Hepburn. That top ten in full:

  1. Audrey Hepburn
  2. Liv Tyler
  3. Cate Blanchett
  4. Angelina Jolie
  5. Grace Kelly
  6. Natalie Imbruglia
  7. Juliette Binoche
  8. Halle Berry
  9. Helena Christensen
  10. Elle MacPherson

So, they reckon Liv Tyler is more ummable than Vic's Bitch? And while I've heard of the top six, positions 7 to 10 seem to be filled by people famous for their Celebdaq prices and nothing else.

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posted 01 Jun 2004, 11.11 +0100

Entertainment
Quintus exanimatus erat (quod per normalis)

Encouraging news from the education sector, where Latin is set to make a comeback. The Cambridge Latin Course has gone electronic, and is finally expanding the numbers of students gaining a qualification in the language after years of decline. Latin hit its nadir in the early Nineties, when the enforced Latin of the sixties was finally expunged from the collective memory, and the CLC began to pay dividends. Lunchtime clubs sprang up, Open University courses were over-subscribed tenfold, and other universities began offering starter courses.

And then there was Minimus. The story of the mouse living with a Roman family in Vindolanda, near Hadrian's Wall, became an instant hit in primary schools More than 1,000 schools ordered the book's resource pack; 31,000 copies of it were sold.

The subject has also ridden the back of the growing interest in archaeology and the boom in television history.

Even Harry Potter has stirred interest in the language, according to Barbara Finney, who says her Classical Association now boasts upwards of 3,000 members, who gather to stage public readings in Latin. The Government is keen to bring the language back into schools. The Department for Education and Skills is backing the project as part of its "key stage three" initiative, aimed at improving teaching standards for 11 to 14-year-olds.

"The stories are the key to the success of the programme," said Will Griffiths of the CLC. "The ability to bring Latin alive is very important and the feedback we've had from students shows they understand Latin is a real language and it was spoken by people."

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posted 01 Jun 2004, 11.21 +0100

Intellectual
It's been a month

And, at the end of the month, it's time for the monthly stats. Curious, that.

We had 22,752 hits last month, an average of 733 per day. We're reckoning on 3602 visits, from 2858 unique visitors.

The front page picked up 530 visits, and I'm pleased to see the RSS feed got 179 nods, even though it was only ever experimental. (RSS visitors: the feed location has changed. Check the bookmarks to the right.)

NTL, AOL, and Planet Online are the top three visitors, ahead of Comcast and Blue Yonder. Leading searches were for Simon Cowell's brain, reasons why people don't vote, and people looking for tripping pictures.

The big stuff: which browsers have people been using? Internet Explorer counts for 89.3% of consumer browser visits; Netscape for 10.2%, Konquerer and Opera minor shares of 0.3% and 0.2% respectively.

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posted 01 Jun 2004, 14.53 +0100

Introspective
Stuff and happenings

In the cricket, the West Indies were bowled out for a first innings deficit of 64, but then reduced Bangladesh to 94/6 by stumps. In theory, that puts the Windies in the driving seat... but then, the Windies are the side twice bowled out for about 50 earlier in the year.

Does Scrabble count as a sport? For my purposes, it does. Oliver Burkeman - himself no slouch at the old seven-letter game - challenged some writers to a game at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. The face-off took the form of one long game, with each writer making one move, and Graniad journlista opposing.

Turning to football, and the Scottish Premier League has voted against Inverness Caledonian Thistle's proposed ground-share with Aberdeen. If confirmed - and ICT has a week to appeal - the vote will keep the fast-improving Partick Thistle in the SPL. "At this time, we don't know what the grounds are," said ICT's chairman. I would have thought that was obvious - yours is the big one in Inverness, and the other one is the big one in Aberdeen.

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posted 01 Jun 2004, 20.20 +0100

Sport

Wed 02 Jun 2004

Ducking to avoid the flying pigs

In approximately chronological order...

1) Tim Henman wins match overseas! He's been taken to five sets in two previous rounds, and had straight sets wins in the other two. Yesterday, Henman beat Coria of Argentina in three sets, to make the French Open Viertelfinal. He's the first Brit to make the last four since the invention of the wheel, roughly.

2) Bangladesh declares! The visitors closed their second innings after ratcheting up their third century of the match, and set the West Indies 336 to win at something like 10 an over. The match ended in a draw, but there's no real doubt that the visiting side would have won. It's the first time Bangladesh has drawn a match against anyone other than Zimbabwe.

3) Football. At the City of Manchester Stadium. England : Japan 1:1. Is it that Japan's improved over the last few years, or that England's decline has continued? We'll find out when the Anglos meet the Icelandsons on Saturday.

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posted 02 Jun 2004, 10.37 +0100

Fri 04 Jun 2004

No, vote for me!

Some more electoral addresses have appeared on the doorstep. As before, I'll be quoting from them until I find something disagreeable. First: the city council (not European) address from the Liberal Democrats.

3 things to remember on Thursday June 10th.

1) The LibDems beat the Tories here last year. Only LibDems can beat Labour this time.

2) Labour have failed the city. The Libdems [sic] oppose pacts and deals to support them. We fight for Europe that works.

3) The election is your chance to reject Tony Bair and George Bush's war in Iraq.

Ignoring the inability to spell and punctuate, and the rather short sentence at the end of point 2. What, pray tell, does the City Council have to do with Iraq? I think we should be told.

Next up is the British National Party.

Asylum

Next! Only slightly less to the far right, it's the Euro-election report for the UK Independence Party.

Your UKIP MEPs will: -

Say No To EU membership, we want to run our own country

What have the Europeans ever done for us? Well, sixty years of peace is a pretty decent start, in my book.

Next! An organ called the

%Constituency% Patriot - The Voice of the Silent Majority

so I probably needn't carry on much further, other than to note this is for the local election.

Due to local demand BNP litter patrols

Readers may insert their own joke about the racists talking rubbish again. Next!

The Common Good. A one-man party at the Europoll, so if I vote for him, I waste 6/7 of my vote.

I see two vital issues: A needy world and our own nation needing a job. If we work together to make the world a fairer place we will be a much happier country ourselves.

We need a shared purpose outside of ourselves to solve the problems of Britain today.

Having a purpose in life is the answer to drugs and crime, school exclusion and ethnic tension and to making our public services work.

It'll also heal the sick, cure the lame, and promote an end to world hunger. (Checks rest of the manifesto.) So it will. I don't actually find anything objectionable in this leaflet, but it sounds a bit too much like %screwups% Anonymous, on a massive and mandatory scale, and the whole point is that it only works on a small scale.

Over to the lunatic fringe, and Euro-only candidates RESPECT - The Unity Coalition

- End the occupation of Iraq

- End privatisation - bring public services back into public ownership

- Raise tax on the big corporations to fund public expenditure

- Raise pensions, link them to average earnings and scrap the council tax

- Scrap tuition fees

- Raise the minimum wage to the European Decency Threshold of £7.40

- End the destruction of the environment

- Defend refugees and asylum seekers

- No to the euro and the new EU constitution - put them to a referendum

And they were doing so well. Apart from the way every pledge involves spending money like it's going out of fashion, and they're keeping awfully quiet about the good ol' Socialist Worker's Party involvement.

Still on the lunatic fringe, it's Labour, combining City and Europe. Their leaflet has a red background, and green headlines. I can't actually read the headlines, and neither can 20% of men. Know your audience, chaps.

We have worked hard to build economic stability

Oh no you haven't. You inherited an economy that was on the up and up, and you have carefully destroyed the balance of the economy over the past few years. By keeping Britain out of the Euro, you have cost us inward investment, and reduced trade with our European colleagues.

Next! Oh, there is no next, the Tories and Greens have submitted their address earlier.

Well, that's helped clear a few things up. From left to right: RESPECT can't do economics, the Greens will keep us out of the Euro, The Common Good is a one-man band, the Lib Dems are illiterate, the Tories only come out at night, Labour are liars, the UKIP thinks we're still at war, and the BNP's rubbish.

[Edited for clarity, to explicitly point out which elections the addresses pertain, June 6.]

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posted 04 Jun 2004, 21.57 +0100

Politics

Sat 05 Jun 2004

Just don't go

And, once again, another good reason to steer well clear of the PDRUP.

The irony is that it is only "countries like Iran" (for example, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe) that have a visa requirement for journalists. It is unheard of in open societies, and, in spite of now being enforced in the PDRUP, is still so obscure that most journalists are not familiar with it. Thirteen foreign journalists were detained and deported from the provinces last year, 12 of them from LAX.

I'll say it again: unless and until there's regime change in the PDRUP, and that commonwealth stops treating foreigners as some sort of contagion, there's no point in my bothering to visit.

Random thought: "treating foreigners as some sort of contagion", just as the racist parties do in the UK. Could Candidate X be the best recruiting sergeant the fascists have? Would they lose much of their firepower if the far side of the pond were governed by someone with some approximation to a brain? Discuss.

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posted 05 Jun 2004, 13.29 +0100

News
Administrivia

For those who care about such things, the site readme has suffered a slight update, on a Good Idea from Chris Lightfoot.

In the section concerning Feedback, I've added the following:

If you send me a threat of unjustified legal action, I will not respond to it; but I will post it here, or elsewhere, at my option, for the derision of right-thinking people. See also the next section.

"The next section" is the Unsolicited Email Policy; I've slightly re-written the second point for clarity.

By sending an email to ANY of my addresses you are agreeing that:

  1. I am by definition, "the intended recipient"
  2. All information in the email is mine to do with as I see fit and make such financial profit, political mileage, or good joke as it lends itself to. In particular, I may quote it in my blog, or elsewhere, at my sole discretion.
  3. I may take the contents as representing the views of your company.
  4. This overrides any disclaimer or statement of confidentiality that may be included on your message.

If you do not agree to any part of this agreement, do not send me email.

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posted 05 Jun 2004, 14.26 +0100

Introspective
Vanuatututu push pineapple shake the tree

Qualifying for the 2006 World Cup has got under way in earnest.

The Oceania second phase is a round-robin between six sides, taking place in south Australia. The Aussies and Kiwis took an exemption to this phase, and are joined by four other winners from regional qualifying groups - Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, and Vanuatu. The top two from the group will progress to the Oceania home-and-away matchup; the winner of that goes to Germany will face the 5th placed side in South America.

In the first round of matches, the Aussies beat the Kiwis, surely booking their place in the next phase.

In the third round, played on Wednesday, the result was New Zealand 2, Vanuatu 4. In European terms, that's like Spain being beaten by Malta.

Round four took place on Friday: New Zealand took out their frustrations, beating Tahiti 10 (TEN):0. The Solomon Islands beat Fiji 2:1, and Australia were held to a 3:0 win over Vanuatu.

The standings, with one game to play:
Aus 4-0-0, 12pts
Sol 3-0-1, 9pts
NZ 2-0-2, 6pts

None of the other three can qualify, and the Kiwis must win their final game against the Solomons to progress in the tournament.

In the African tournament, some useful scheduling means none of the first round of matches pitches realistic qualifiers against each other. In Group 1, Senegal (quarter-finalists last time out) beat the Congo, Zambia downed Togo. Group 2 South Africa tottered to a 2-1 win over the Cape Verde Islands, while Burkino Faso and Ghana drew 0-0; Uganda and the DR Congo complete the group.

Group 4 saw Nigeria beat Rwanda, while Algeria could only draw 0-0 against Angola; Gabon and Zimbabwe drew 1-1. In group 5, Morocco drew 1-1 in Malawi, Tunisia beat Botswana 4-1, and Kenya and Guinea have no chance.

Group 3 begins play tomorrow: Cameroon hosts Benin, the Cote d'Ivorie entertains Lybia, and Egypt travels to the Sudan. Liberia and Mali also begin their group 1 campaigns.

In European friendlies, Croatia lost to Denmark, Ireland won in the Netherlands, Sweden downed Poland, and England overcame Iceland 6-1.

Turning now to cricket. One match each summer is the invisible test, as it's only shown on satellite channel KYTV, and not on free-to-air Channel 4. This year, it's the second test, currently in progress at Headingly. Most of the first day was lost to rain, and New Zealand were dismissed early on this third day for 409. England were 248/4 at the close, and a draw looks like the most likely result.
In Jamaica, the second test saw Bangladesh dismissed early on the second day for 284, with no-one making a half century; in response, the West Indies were 154/2

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posted 05 Jun 2004, 21.29 +0100

Sport
Cockup alert!

1) Big Brother rolled the credits, and put up the endcap, before telling the contestants how much money was left in the prize fund. Another two seconds, and The Tardy Voice of Big Brother would have been cut off in his not-so-prime

2) Former PDRUP president Reagan died. "His crowning achievement was the fall of the Soviet Union," claimed CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Only if we accept that president Bush was, in fact, a puppet of Reagan. We thought it worked the other way round.

3) Huge congratulations to Bloomberg TV, which taped its news headlines last night, and consequentially is leading on the provincial jobs figures from last night.

4) Surreal moment: Wolf Blitzer reports from the D-day celebrations in Normandy, where there are fireworks going off...

5) A quick glance at TV5 confirms they're continuing as normal, relaying France 2's emission en direct au Ste-Mère-Eglise.

6) CNBC Europe isn't interrupting its paid programmes for anything so trivial - the Wall Street Journal pays good money to co-sponsor this channel, and they're going to get their dollar of flesh (0.25g of flesh).

7) We're posting this before listening to Richard Bacon, because that's going to be a complete hoot.

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posted 05 Jun 2004, 22.40 +0100

Intellectual

Sun 06 Jun 2004

Something to sing about

Past Times magazine has been paid large amounts of money to promote twelve tunes for the coming summer. The dubious dozen:

My Happy Ending - Scrappy Spice. It's a breakup song. It's by someone who is as credible as claims of weapons of mass destruction. Don't bother with that, go with Maybe That's What It Takes - Alex Parks.

Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters. Woot! Straight people embracing gay culture. Only, it's the same sub-stratum of gay culture that reveres the camp and encourages the stereotyping of gay gentlemen. If it's proper gay culture you're after, run (don't walk) to Drive - lMelissa Ferrick.

You're the Only One - Maria Mena. "Big in Norway", apparently, with a killer pop hook. Er, so is Hey - Ephemera.

Flap Your Wings - Nelly. No one has actually heard this yet, but such is the pisspoor state of the radio that any old crap will get played, if it's from one of the übercool and trendy acts. Shall we go with Fit (And You Know It) - The Streets.

Scandalous - Misteek. Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. Actually, yes. "Cringe-inducing" appears in the write-up, and they're not wrong at all. If it's unsung and wholly moderate British talent you're after, go for Firefly - Inme. Just remember that you could do better.

Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson. The new Billy Ray Cyrus, and we've only just recovered from the original. Nothing quite says "summer excess" like Ich Bin Ein Star, Holt Mich Hier Raus - Dschungel Stars, the theme to the Antundec-tastic show.

Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw. Apparently, it's acceptable for country to be sentimental nowadays, which surely means that there's a hit waiting round the corner for The Aviator's Song - Gretchen Peters. Surely.

Confessions 2 - Usher. "You'll have to leave the country if you want to get away from him." Good idea. Just wait for a cumulo-nimbus funnel effect, and before you know it, you too will be half a world away, singing The Wizard And I - "Wicked" Broadway Cast.

Accidentally In Love - Counting Crows. Any review that begins "This is, quite frankly, a profoundly horrible song." is in desperate trouble already. Much as we like the Crows, if it's something catchy and brainless you're after, go see Wild Dances - Ruslana.

Portions for Foxes - Rilo Kiley. Ah, this would be the rank outsider of the list, about which we know nothing. See also, er, Bittersweet Bundle of Misery - Graham Coxon.

Run - Snow Patrol. "For shoe-gazing white-boy rock bands from England..." going round the editor of Times Past magazine with a map of Scotland and a large clue stick must come high on the list of priorities. Scottish rock is finally recovering the finesse it had in the late 80s, and we also recommend Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand.

Float On - Modest Mouse. Ah, this would be the random point at which the critics' views and my views coincide. It does happen, and it's generally completely by quality, never by chance.

And that's yer lot. Twenty three songs for summer. You may like my list more than theirs.

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posted 06 Jun 2004, 12.16 +0100

Entertainment
Hang on, vote for me!

Anyone would think there's an election on. Unhappy with the poor review their last leaflet received, the City Council Lib Dems have been back this afternoon. Unlike a certain other party that popped round a couple of weeks ago, this lot are happy to talk about splitting the vote. Anyway, here's their latest missive...

A city on the move: Bring back bus conductors. Take action on queue jumping.

Er, how? People waiting in line at bus stops aren't exactly going to stop moving, and if there are enough buses, it won't make much of a difference where in line you are, you'll still get on. What? That's queue jumping for people in cars? Carry on...

Encourage car sharing to cut congestion. Use heavy rail and trolley coaches as well as light rail. Add more cycle ways.

A City For All: Encourage religious tolerance

From the party that has been distributing some vitriolic anti-occupation propaganda in the centre of the city? Actions speak louder than words, or something.

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posted 06 Jun 2004, 18.22 +0100

Politics
Big this week

Four weeks on the list, four weeks at the top for Keane. They've even outsold the new Corrs album Borrowed Heaven; the Streets and Joss Stone are 3 and 4, with the Calling's II in at 5, and PJ Harvey at 7 - Uh Huh Her is the band's first album in three years. Some big slumps include Slipknot (3-12) and Gabrielle (9-20), while Jet moves up to a new peak 14-8, Hoobastank 32-24. Kristian Leontiou's Some Day Soon is in at 17, while Look, Beth Neilsen Chapman comes in at 35, and Craig Armstrong's Piano Works bows at 172 - expect that to climb over the coming weeks, as his tune Loving You is the theme to the BBC football coverage.

After seven weeks, Eamon Thingymcdull is off the top-selling singles slot, though his tune still holds down positions 2 and 5. The new best-seller in stores is Mario Winans / Enya / Puff Daddy's I Don't Wanna Know. Mario's brother Bebe was at the top seven years ago with Eternal on the blimmin' wonderful I Wanna Be The Only One, and four weeks later the Puff was at the top with Every Breath You Take. Oh, sorry, I'll Be Deadly Dull. Enya's solo topper came in 1988 with Orrinoco Flow, and she was sampled at the top on the Fugees' Ready Or Not in 1996 - the same sample from The Celts is used here.

Top ten entries for the fuckwit Peter Andre, for Faithless's comeback single Mass Destruction, the Beastie Boys' Check It Out, and the Farm's All Together Now. Good result for Hoobastank, whose top 40 debut comes at 12 with The Reason. Amazing result for Anastacia, who spends 11 weeks in the top 10 with a very average song.

It's disaster for Pete Waterman. In 1997, he launched five-piece pop popstrels Steps on an unsuspecting world, and looked on with increasing joy as their Abba-lite sound spent four years at the top of planet pop. Since then, he was involved with Flopstars losers One True Voice, who split after just two singles, and has now put together a four-piece Abba-lite project called Pop!. In spite of saturation play on the pop channels, and sympathetic coverage in the pre-teen press, the group can only make number 14. In today's market, that's simply not acceptable, and Pop! look set to go pop faster than the Fast Food Rockers.

Also quality: Evanescence go a single too far with Everybody's Fool, Thirteen Senses Do No Wrong, the Datsuns return with Blacken My Thumb, Newfoundglory find it's All Downhill From Here, and there's a re-release for Englebert Humperdink's Release Me. Why?! Three Doors Down are still to have a UK Hit - Here Without You enters the listings at position 77, only about twenty sales short of the top 75 placing that makes it a Hit. That said, seven places lower is a re-release of Grandmaster Flash's White Lines, a hit from twenty years ago. In at position 109 is Tom Morley with My Song To The World, the UK's entry at Junior Eurovision 2003.

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posted 06 Jun 2004, 20.23 +0100

Entertainment
Weather

Sunday and Monday last week were mostly sunny, but cool. Things got humid after rain arrived early on Tuesday, then it got sunny until Wednesday. Some rain early on Thursday left things cloudy and humid until Saturday lunchtime, then to-day was sunny and warm and humid and very high pollen. Seven more degrees above 20 C, the Summer Cooling Degree Day count has reached 22.

Next week's forecast: very warm and muggy tomorrow, breaking down in thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday, before cooler and fresher weather arrives.

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posted 06 Jun 2004, 20.54 +0100

Intellectual

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