Gary Strachan – "Write" Said Fred

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Archive for August 2015

And Lead Us Not Into Temptation ….. Or Birtley!

I displayed unusual restraint this morning when I forewent a McDonalds breakfast. I was proud of myself for not acting upon the terrible craving I had, when I woke, for a double sausage and egg McMuffin. I’m no sure why I didn’t act upon it! It could have been the aroma of bread toasting emanating from the kitchen luring me? It certainly teased me with its subliminal message of “Come […]

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As Time Goes By

Yesterday’s date (29th August) held particular significance for actress Ingrid Bergman. Not only was it her birthday but it was also the date she passed away after a long fight with breast cancer, aged 67. She joined an exclusive club of people with this unwanted accolade. This includes English writer William Shakespeare, Italian artist Raphael, US politician Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr and old Mrs Shoebridge from Ackroyd Street. Cleckheaton. I’m […]

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You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!

Actor Robert Shaw died on this day in 1978. The Lancastrian born actor died in Ireland following a heart attack. He had felt unwell whilst driving so pulled over, before collapsing at the roadside. He was pronounced dead at Castlebar General Hospital not long afterwards. It was a dramatic final scene for the Englishman. However, some would argue it lacked the drama of some of his movie death scenes. These […]

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I’m Sure It’s My Turn To Commentate Gary!

In today’s blog, I want to share the story of a recently found cassette recording of my sister Helen at the age of three. In it she performs an iconic song from the musical Evita. Her vocal performance was of such quality that, upon hearing it, Grimsby impresario Greg Jameson remarked “Well, It’s a better than the shitbag Mary Grebovski!’s version!” No one knew who Mary Grebovski was, but Helen […]

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No Mr Bond, I Expect You To Enjoy Your Birthday!

The first James Bond, Scottish National Party (SNP) supporter and man who turned down a chance to play for Manchester United in his twenties, Sir Thomas Sean Connery is 85 today. Yesterday, I passed the very same details as the paragraph above to a group of friends. Their responses ranged from  “Ah, I didn’t realise his first name was Thomas!” and “Blimey, I hadn’t heard he’d had an offer to […]

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Portrait of a Clever Bloke

Writer, broadcaster, actor, comedian and general know it all Stephen Fry is 58 today. Brought up in Norfolk, Fry is the first British man since some clever shite in Ludlow called George, to have his intellect viewable from space. The ‘know it all’ quip I made above was just a light hearted jibe by the way. I am a huge fan of the guy, who is only one of three […]

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But First A Word From Our Sponsors

This week thousands of 16 year olds in the UK excitedly opened their GCSE results. It was uplifting to see the look of elation on their faces as they caught sight of the paper advising that two years of hard work has paid off! Watching the live TV coverage of the kids opening their results, it struck me that I’m glad at that age I didn’t have to hold on […]

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