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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

By Mark Taha

Recently, Mark Taha visited the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co exhibition at the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, part of the world famous Victoria & Albert Museum. This is what he found. This is a chance to either revive happy childhood memories or find out what you missed by not being born early enough. I was […]

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Muhammad Ali At The O2

By Mark Taha

[This exhibition was reported here previously; this is Mark Taha’s first hand account]. An excellent day out, the only fault I could find would be no real mention of Ken Norton. For the rest, it’s great. On entry, they give you an audiophone with which to listen to various recordings, of limited use to us […]

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ANDY CAPP THE MUSICAL (Finborough Theatre)

By Mark Taha

Andy Capp The Musical premiered in 1982 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester before transferring to the West End, where it was nominated for the (Laurence) Olivier Award for Musical of the Year. This is the first new production in over thirty years. The original London production was in a slightly bigger theatre. Unlike the […]

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STONY BROKE IN NO MAN’S LAND (Finborough Theatre, January 24)

By Mark Taha

This is a play with a cast of two, but David Brett and Gareth Williams play 21 roles between them – 6 and 15 respectively – in the new John Burrows show. This is a reunion in that they were both members of 1980s group The Flying Pickets, which Burrows brought together. Stony Bre…is the […]

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David Haye – Do They Ever Come Back?

By Mark Taha

Do they ever come back? Well, David (Hayemaker) Haye made a good start on January 16 after a three and a half year layoff against Australia’s Mark de Mori. At a career heaviest 16 stone 3lbs, he came out punching and gave his opponent no chance to really do anything. The hapless Australian threw one […]

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A Visit To The Black Museum

By Mark Taha

The Scotland Yard Crime Museum was founded in the 1870s, although it has only recently been opened to the public, its existence is well-known. Generally called the Black Museum, it is officially meant for training and instruction for the police themselves, but its exhibits certainly have something for the rest of us. We see the […]

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Sara Pascoe – Battersea Arts Centre

By Mark Taha

Sara Pascoe is blonde, good loing and a talented comedienne. Her Christmas assembly was both funny and different, with the British Humanist Choir providing carols like O Come All Ye Faithless. “Headmistress” Mrs Pascoe says that her Sixth formers are “good boys, they rejected my sexual advances” after Mrs Hammick sings I’m a Vegan, and […]

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Nutcracker! – The Musical (Pleasance Theatre, London)

By Mark Taha

The ballet was turned into a cartoon in 1990, now it’s become a stage musical with Nancy Holson adding words to the music. It goes from the present day – Marie and Uncle Drosselmeir reading the story on Christmas Eve – to the story itself, then back and forth. Princess Pirlipat (also Marie) is born, […]

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Christmas – A Time for Retro?

By Mark Taha

This is the time of year when we tend to lo back with nostalgia and wish for the way things were; rose-tinted glasses or not, but the evidence is clear that the annuals of days gone by were a lot better than today’s. The Schoolboys’ Annuals and old Eagle Annuals from the 1960s tried to […]

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Jim Davidson – Beck Theatre, November 25

By Mark Taha

Davidson has rebounded well after the ludicrous but potentially career ending allegations brought against him by a gaggle of demented though anonymous females as detailed in his bo No Further Action. At the Beck Theatre last week he was in fine form ivering his stand-up routine before a live audience. The wait was worthwhile for […]

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