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. . . a slightly off-kilter view of local life and worldly matters
  My family sometimes mention that this column can be rather downbeat, so when I suggest I’d like a book of obituaries as a possible Christmas present I will be well and truly cast as a miserable old codger.
In defence I’ve read some interesting, entertaining and amusing obits in the Times and Telegraph recently; they celebrate but also reveal the not so nice lives of great military men and women, brave (or possibly foolhardy) adventurers, and eccentric actors and inventors. Do we have the same quality of characters amongst us these days - people who lived through war and peace, extraordinary world events, and did so with zest, humility and a sense of fun? I’m not so sure.
The car buying service recently ran a poll on the most popular cars in films. Here is their top ten of those big screen motors.
The James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin in Goldfinger
1981 DeLorean DMC-12 in Back to the Future
The Austin Mini Cooper in The Italian Job
968 Mustang GT 390 in Bullitt
James Bond’s Lotus Esprit car in The Spy Who Loved Me The Dodge Charger in Dukes of Hazzard
Kitt from the Knight Rider series
The Batmobile in Batman Begins
The striped tomato car (their words not mine) in Starsky and Hutch.
Not much to disagree with - but why no mention of ChittyChittyBangBang?
The bombastic actor, explorer and climber Brian Blessed gave an Apex audience his best bellow last month but perhaps this wasn’t his finest performance. Placed within the framework of a pantomime, or a TV show like Have I Got News For You, his verbal rambling can be very funny but on stage in Bury St Edmunds what seemed like an unscripted discourse sometimes fell a bit flat. He did milk his famous Flash Gordon cry of ‘Gordon’s Alive” though.
FA Cup fever came to Sudbury recently involving all manner of logistical challenges to welcome Colchester United and the BBC to their MEL Group stadium. On the pitch it didn’t work out for the home side and there were also reports of abusive language aimed at the Colchester goalkeeper.
As a trainee reporter on the Suffolk Free Press in the late 70s I sometimes had to cover Sudbury Town when they played at the Priory Stadium and there was always one home supporter who stood behind the opposition’s goal to give his advice to the keeper. It seemed good natured with both of them laughing and joining in the exchanges. Fast forward to 2021, and in a packed stadium with cameras everywhere, including close up lenses and audio facilities that can pick up any indiscretions in the crowd close to the goal, how anyone thought they could get away with being abusive is baffling.
‘Tis the season of those festive television adverts for the big brands - John Lewis, M&S, Boots, etc, yet this year they no longer appear to be a ‘media event’. In the rush to be ‘inclusive’
and aim at a wide demographic - which I understand - they are all becoming very similar. Maybe next year one of the marketing agencies will have to break the mould to make their advert really stand out and get talked about.
It’s a serious topic, so excuse this slight flippancy, but I noticed a recent letter in the Bury Free Press, about raw sewerage being discharged into
local rivers, was sent by a Roger Spiller.
Richard Bryson
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