I listen a bit to the British 60s Music channel. The other day they played this, which I had not heard properly for years. Allan Clarke’s singing is astonishing:


I don’t know how long ago it was, I’m guessing early 1980s, when I bought a book that seemed to be the first of its kind. It was called The Book Of Lists, and that is exactly what it was, a book of lists.

There was all sorts in it: the top 10 grossing movies, the 10 tallest buildings, the 10 longest books, whatever. Not like a world records book, just a book of random lists.

As you might expect, it spawned and spawns, many copies. The data gets out-of-date.

My favourite was a paperback called Reel Facts:

It included all the lists you might reasonably expect, award winners, highest grossing etc. I pored over it.

Remember, this was a time before the world wide web. Now, if you want to know the ten most Oscar winning movies, then a simple search will find it:

Happy Xmas

You always know Xmas is here when Channel 4 in the UK broadcast The Snowman (which they have just done). So, Happy Xmas everyone, hope you got some nice presents.

On tv is Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dad’s Army, Morecambe and Wise, the Carry On films…

Hana Brooks

At a time when so many people are struggling, anything you can do to help people is appreciated.

This is Hana Brooks.

Hana is a UK singer and songwriter. She plays guitars and keyboards.