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Silent Movie

Here’s the latest in my And Finally TV reports. I met a group who compose and perform music for classic silent movies. They’re called the Southwell Collective and the movie featured is the 1928 French gothic horror, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the novel by Edgar Allen Poe. In the story a man is painting his wife. As the picture becomes more and more lifelike, so

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Lowering my Fees

In 2010 I lowered my speaking fees by ten percent. As a result I trebled my bookings. Back of the net! Result. Jobs a good ‘un. Etc. I also made the decision to put details of my (new, all improved, now with added value, even more sparkly than before) fees onto my website. My friends told me the fees were still way too high, but clients said they were surprisingly

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Our Sporting Life

Today I went to Curve in Leicester to film an exhibition of sporting history. There’s some cracking pictures from the Leicester Mercury in the display. The above shot of me in front of a picture of Sven was taken by the Mercury’s Andy Baker, who kindly sent it to me.

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The Shooting Nurse

This nurse comes with added firepower. Her patients have to behave themselves, because she’s a crack shot. Sharon Lee has two Commonwealth Games silver medals and now she’s aiming for Olympic gold at London 2012.

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The Marathon Man

Richard Whitehead is a double amputee marathon runner. He holds the world record for any kind of amputee in a marathon. He ran 2 hours 42 in Chicago last year, an amazing time considering he has both legs amputated above the knee. The guy is phenomenal. He’s dreaming of winning a paralympic gold in the London 2012 marathon, but there’s a problem. They won’t let him run against arm amputees

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Victory eclipsed by Mr Moon

I’m never one to moan about a fellow West Ham fan, but there’s one chap who is getting on my nerves. This Mr Moon fellow has been arriving and leaving the stadium during games for as long as I can remember. There’s nothing more annoying than people arriving midway through games is there? You’re in your seat in plenty of time to enjoy the action but have to keep getting

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The Rocking Piano

I filmed a very interesting feature today with the designer of the world’s first rocking piano. Sarah Davenport created it from a 1900s piano once owned by the Hong Kong ambassador. It rocks back and forwards as you play it. I should point out that there is some camera trickery at the start of the piece which involves my cameraman, who’s a gifted pianist, wearing my jumper. Fashionistas may like

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FIFA SHOW

This week I was a guest on the FIFA show with Steve Morgan and Romily Broad. You can hear it here. Enjoy it Jem

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My Resolutions for 2011

So it’s a new year and as always I will be making some resolutions. 1. To at long last write my book about being the stadium announcer at West Ham. The club have given me permission and I’ve found a publisher. 2. To do more after dinner speaking outside of London. 3. To get friends to refer me more speaking gigs by offering them ten percent of my fee. I’ve

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