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Headline of the Day

I haven’t read the NME (New Musical Express) for many years. When I was a devoted reader, more than 30 years ago, it was the arbiter of the Zeitgeist. It had a great letters page and the legendary cartoon strip the Lone Groover. Imagine my surprise when I spotted this headline on Google’s news page:

mediumThe full article is here.

Apparently, although the information, delivered by AEG Live CEO Randy Philips was allowed to stand as testimony by the judge.

This all brought back memories of the ‘seance’ held by camp old fraudster British medium Derek Acorah. Del got together some gullible nutjobs of Michael’s most devoted fans to hold a question and answer session with the dead king of pop.

I must warn you that this could reduce you to tears……

And if you’d like to see more of Derek’s amazing talent click here


Thriller Live!

I know, I know.

Look I have two young daughters and was dragged along to the SECC last night.

This show has been in London’s West End and has been touring since early 2009. The Wacko one’s demise just before embarking on 50 nights of shows in London must have helped the ticket sales for this no end.

At the start I thought the music belting out was all pre-recorded but no, lo and behold a band were revealed after a few numbers (they were playing on a stage which slid forward and back, in and out of sight, as required).

The band, the dancing and singing were, to be honest, quite impressive if you are a fan of this sort of thing. It was all there, the choreography, costumes, the Jacko impersonators (one of whom was female) moonwalking and crotch grabbing…..

However the whole thing was summed up by the little vignettes about how Jacko was variously the king of pop and saviour of the world.

Imagine this to a musical backing as images of Martin Luther King, JFK, John Lennon, Barack Obama……then Jacko appeared on stage screen with commentary delivered by a wee squeaky voiced Jacko meetoo

“Michael so cared about making the world a better place and he cared about everyone and he loved you all”

Where’s a sick bag when you need one?

The crowd went wild.

My missus and kids loved the whole thing.

On the other hand I badly need to listen to some Leonard Cohen and drink some malt whisky.

How Low Can TV Go?


This is Derek Acorah.

Who he?

Well he is a medium. You know – he claims that he speaks to dead folk.Have you noticed the thing about dead folk talking through mediums is that they can communicate the minutest details except their names? “I have a Frank here – wait – it could be Margaret!”

Acorah used to play for Liverpool apparently although it seems that was much in the same way that Gordon Ramsay played for Rangers.

Other members of my family (no names!) used to watch his appearances on a programme called Most Haunted in which he would travel the country visiting supposedly haunted buildings and speaking to the spirits that inhabited the places.

I saw bits and pieces of this show and the comedy value was terrific. One show broadcast from tourist attraction The London Dungeon had Acorah holding his heid saying something like: “I’m getting something – is it Mac? Mac the Slipper? No! no! it’s Jack the Ripper!”

This though must be his finest moment. Watch as he goes into a “trance” and is guided by his Ethiopian spirit guide “Sam” (no, really). You’ll only have to wait 20 seconds for the good bit.

Although Acorah’s original material is almost beyond parody, here is comedian Marc Wooton with his version of Acorah, Shirley Ghostman “channeling” Princess Diana.

(Warning, bad language,disrespect to Royalty and dubious taste involved )

Anyway, why is Acorah in the news?

Well he’s going to hold a live seance with Michael Jackson on Sky TV.

Apparently there’s already been a “tweance” (twitter seance) for the king of pop held last week.


"Hello? King of pop are you there?"

For the life of me I can’t imagine why any TV company would broadcast such a thing. A man about as genuine as his hair colour trying to contact a dead pop star.

While I go and puzzle over why they’re going ahead with this, can I just mention that viewers will be able to phone in with their questions for the deceased King of Pop at a very reasonable and earthly price of 60p per minute?

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre



Thanks to Colin at the Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe.

Michael Jackson RIP

michael jackson 1

Troubled and tortured.

But undeniably talented as this video proves.

Secret (Dancing) Squirrels!

Thank you to my friend The Tomahawk Kid for this. I’m not sure who the recording artist is but it sounds to me like a kind of black Michael Jackson.