October 8

Why Jeremy Corbyn shouldn’t be slated for not kneeling for the Queen

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is getting flack for apparently not being willing to kneel in front of HM The Queen in order to become a Privy Councillor. I doubt HM The Queen would care that much… and it’s not that Mr Corbyn’s republican views are a shock to anyone. Principles seem to be rarity in politics these days and although I can’t say I agree with that much of what he has to say, it is nice to see someone saying what he actually thinks for a change and refusing to conform to media norms and being a standard identikit politician.

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[Incidentally, I interviewed Prince Edward once for a TV show he was making called Windsor Restored about the restoriation of Windsor Castle after the fire. I told the PR who was setting it up that I wouldn’t do it if I had to call him Sir or bow to him. He was, after all, making a TV show as a TV producer (although I don’t think we need to bow and scrape to minor royals anyway). We greeted each other by shaking hands. He introduced himself as Edward Windsor and I as Steve Clark.41T120TWFGL

(He went on to be a huge prat and a very unhelpful interviewee.)]

That said, I’ve got a lot of respect for HM The Queen and would probably follow protocol for her… but then I’m not a republican like Jeremy Corbyn.

July 31

Paying tribute to Only Fools and Horses producer Ray Butt

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Ray Butt was the original producer of Only Fools and Horses and was instrumental in getting the show on television. Sadly Ray died two years ago, aged 78. I was asked to contribute to a tribute on BBC Radio 4’s programme The Last Word which you can listen to here:

And here’s a link to my original written tribute to Ray.

July 7

Remembering Miriam… and the other victims of 7/7

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Today I have been remembering Miriam Hyman and thinking about her and the 51 other people killed in the 7/7 London bombings – and, of course, their families.

Miriam was a picture researcher at BBC Worldwide and I was lucky enough to work with her on two of my books. She was great at her job and just lovely company.

She was on a bus in Tavistock Square, London on 7/7 2005 and was one of 13 people murdered when a terrorist detonated a bomb.

Miriam’s family has established The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust which helps children in India in need of eye operations: www.miriam-hyman.com Please take a look at it when you have time.