National Relief as January Passes By!

Posted on February 3, 2016

For many people, January was more depressing in 2016 than it has ever been.

No alcohol (dry January) a painful wait for pay day, rock stars and DJ’s seemingly dying every day, and a Daily Express weather forecast claiming it would be the coldest winter in sixty years, dragged people down to their lowest ebb.

Of course, the Daily Express winter never materialised (it never does) and the weather was mild, if not a little wet, with a mid-month frost event having us scurrying for our cameras as if though we were witnessing the three feet of snow that fell in New York.

The New York storm did eventually arrive in the UK but by the time it got here, warmed by the Atlantic seas, it carried all the excitement of a Rich Tea biscuit dunked in a decaffeinated cuppa.

Just when everyone thought it was all over and we could look forward to lighter evenings and the prospect of Spring, Terry Wogan passed away, leaving fans of Radio 2 paralysed with grief at the loss of the Godfather of DJ’s.


I was still quite young when Terry was in his pomp so I never really heard him on the radio as I listened to Radio One and my mother listened to Radio Four, generally at level of volume that left ‘Yesterday in Parliament’ and the Shipping Forecast ringing in my ears for hours afterwards.

I can remember the chat show he did called (rather originally) ‘Wogan’ but all I can recollect is one show featuring a drunk George Best saying “I like shagging, Terry” and another when a shell suited David Icke was totally ridiculed, inspiring the The Sun headline, “David Icke, is he off his Bike?”

Then there was the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ of course, a competition that Terry presented with the kind of sarcastic aplomb that was entertaining enough to extend the BBC’s coverage of this utter farce way beyond its sell by date.

However, perhaps Wogan’s biggest achievement came from remaining off the sex offenders list, despite carrying both the qualifications required…a BBC contract and a Knighthood.

Whilst Operation Yew Tree mopped up his 1970’s peers, the only dubious stain on Terry Wogan came courtesy of the revelation that he charged around £1500 an hour to host ‘Children in Need’. Apparently Terry was in need too.

One of the tributes I saw made me really laugh or LOL as it is now known, and that came from a guy in Staffordshire.

RIP Terry, one of the greatest living Englishmen”.

Terry was Irish.

Don’t bank on the rest of the year being better with regards to the death of 60’s and 70’s DJ’s and rock stars, as it is no coincidence that they are all getting old at the same time.

Sadly, when people get old, they die, even DJ’s and rock stars; however, at least the nights are getting lighter.


4 Replies to "National Relief as January Passes By!"

  • Dickiemcspangle
    February 3, 2016 (11:40 am)

    Luckily Cliff has been a paragon of virtue. He will live forever and carry on loving small speakers and tall speakers.

  • Mick
    February 3, 2016 (5:09 pm)

    Ed “Stewpot” Stewart was a bigger influence to me but nobody gave a shit when he died the other week! Crackerjack!! Did he avoid the peado list?

  • Trevor
    February 4, 2016 (12:14 am)

    In answer to your question Mike, here’s Wikipedia’s ‘personal’ section about Stewpot. Perhaps it answers your question?….

    “Stewart met his wife when she was 13 and he was 31; arriving at her parents house he was “greeted at the door by what I can only describe as a 13-year-old apparition. She was simply stunning.”

    The only thing I know/care about Wogan was that when he was hosting the inventively titled “Wogan” he had a series of wigs from long to short so that his hair could appear to ‘grow’ and then get ‘cut’.

    I remember that as a kid the “Wogan” show was on every blinkin’ evening thereby filling up a slot which would have been better filled by Planet of the Apes or Starsky and Hutch. As a kid the BBC nightly schedule was depressingly something like this.

    5.00 Grange Hill (went downhill fast after Tucker Jenkins left)
    6.00 news (Moira Stewart discusses the latest of Maggie’s pit closure, images of bankers in pinstripe suits with brick mobile phones, soldiers being sent to fight for oil in the Falklands, Diana, princess of hearts, latest IRA bomb)
    7.00 Wogan (boring chat show where C-list celebrities not good enough for Parky discuss their uneventful lives with chirpy be-wigged Irishman)
    8.00 East Enders (Oi Princess, gaaarn down the market, blinkin’ Dirty Den’s been up to it again aint he, gor blimey, look out here’s Lofty)
    9.00 Crimewatch (re-enactment of crimes an early form of voyeurism which pre-dated youtube, remember your safe at home – unless of course you’re Jill Dando)

  • Bob Lethaby
    February 4, 2016 (12:20 am)

    Wogan was known in Viz as Terry Wigon, which I found rather amusing.

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