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Case For The Defence

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 9 x 90 minute episodes Prominent Sydney defence lawyer John Case (John Hamblin, best-known in Australia for his appearances on Play School) always seemed to end up with the cases that appeared impossible...

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80 ways to tell you are stuck in the 80s

01 : You're still bitter that Wham! broke up 02 : Punky Brewster is your hero 03 : You're building your own Clockwork Smurf 04 : A-Ha's Take on Me is still your favorite video 05 : The only...

Little Golden Books of Barbarous Banality

Perusers of supermarket checkout displays will be familiar with the standard arrays of Kit Kats, Who Magazine's 100 Most Infuriating People Who Are Already Famous and Little Golden Books. One of their biggest-ever sellers is The Poky...

Paul McCartney postpones US tour dates

11 June 2014 Sir Paul McCartney has postponed a number of US tour dates while he continues to recover from a virus he contracted last month. The 71-year-old told fans he was "feeling great" but was skipping...

Gerry Goffin dies at 75

19 June 2014 Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as Will You Love Me Tomorrow, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,...

When I were a lad

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's, and 70's probably shouldn't have survived . . . Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint...

Babes of S.H.A.D.O – Miss Ealand

Miss Ealand (Norma Ronald) was a SHADO operative who masqueraded as Ed Straker's secretary at the Harlington-Straker studios. She was the first line of defence against anyone entering SHADO Headquarters via Straker's office (which turned into...

Galton and Simpson: Comedy Royalty

The partnership of British comedy scriptwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson lasted over 50 years. They met in 1948 whilst recuperating from tuberculosis at the Milford Sanatorium, near Godalming in Surrey. They are best known for...