Happy ending for “Happy Birthday”
After years of avoiding it, film-makers and performers can now include “Happy Birthday To You” in their work without paying a huge music corporation for the privilege. God knows why, but I follow stories about music copyright sort of keenly. It’s not like I have any personal interest, it’s just a curiosity. Today’s news that a US judge has ruled […]
Game of Thrones spoilers: I give up!
I was watching the news the other night and the newsreader said something like: “Coming up next, news of the opening game of the Euros as England faced Russia earlier today. So if you don’t want to know the result, time to leave the room.” It’s familiar enough stuff; we hear it all the time. Then […]
The Encounter: time-travelling magic
I’ve written before about my, shall we say, complicated relationship with the theatre. I take the approach once described by Sir Michael Parkinson: “I have never sat in a theatre without wishing I were in a cinema instead.” Except…sometimes. This was one of the sometimes. Tempted by a friend who promised that it would appeal […]