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May 2002 News
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Terry is one of a number of challengers of the Number One spot with a World Cup song, has entered the charts at number 49!!! His cd single, 'England Crazy' credited to Rider and Terry Venables capitalises on the rise of the Swing genre, which has been revived by Robbie Williams.
'Is it any good ?', asks 'FourFourTwo' managazine (July 2002, no.95). 'Oh yes. Venables hams it up as if he's at Hammersmith Palais in late-60s's pomp. The terrace version is made for, well terraces. Dreadful lyrics.'
Quite possibly the dullest activity any person can ever do is make a trip to buy a new iron. The rate we drop them on to our stone kitchen floor makes this a reletively common event in Bob 70-71 Towers. So imagine my surprise when I walked into our local branch of Comet only to be greeted by a life sized cardboard cut-out of Peter Shilton.
Presumably chosen to tie in with the World Cup, the English record cap winner, was stood next to a pile of shopping baskets with a knowing grin as if to say, 'you're stood there about to buy an iron, whilst I am a former World Cup semi-finalist whose life could never be that boring. I get paid for this you know.' or was that me going mildly psychotic ?
Anyway, it was very pleasant to see another 70-71 cashing in on the World Cup Fever that has swept the UK, and no, I didn't quite pluck up the courage to ask the manager for one of the numerous cut-outs when he dispensed with it. Though I could go back...
Incidentally, I've not seen the progamme, but I see that Peter is one of the contributors to 'Three Lions' a two part history of the England Football team from 1966, showing in early June.
Good to hear Rodney Marsh on live radio today. Rodney has added to his lively webside - www.rodmarsh.com , Sky television appearences, and Daily Sport column, by appearing on the national UK radio station Talk Sport phone in between 5 and 8 on Saturdays. It seems he'll be doing this throughout summer.
Still getting in his stride, he erm, errrr, erm,er, erred rather a lot, but the show was still very entertaining. He was even praised for a goal scored during his QPR career, which he took in good spirit, whilst moving quickly on.
World Cup Heroes !
As the World Cup Finals approaches, expect to see many references to the 1966 players in the papers. Sadly, England are generally so mediocre that we as a nation have to hark back to an ever more distant era to recall our former glories. Not that I'm worried, it's great to see the players make some money back from careers that did not bring the financial wealth afforded to modern players.
Looking at the The Times' Rich List 2002, I noticed that Dave Beckham made the main list itself (admitedly with his wife Victoria and down at = 962) and 19 footballers were in the top 100 list of 30 - or under - year olds.
Not a single player from another era was near the list. Not one of the '66 World Cup Winners, the Fifties Football Icons, the dominant Liverpool side of the Eighties, Bob's 70-71 heroes ... from the eras of true football achievers there was no one. So keep those advert and appearance fees rolling ...
'The Times' is running a daily feature over the coming weeks in which Sir Bobby Charlton announces his all-time Top Players' Eleven. The online version of the paper keeps us up to date with his choices, but does require us to register to it. See Times Online - 1966 World Cup
Jackie and Geoff's Flora
Jack Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst are the stars of a radio advert for the margarine spread, Flora pro.activ. The product claims to actually reduce LDL cholesterol - whatever that is - for which trick you have to pay considerably over the odds. But what price health, eh ?
Let's hope Flora haven't got it all horribly wrong, like they did when they claimed their previous formula for regular margarine was good for your heart and actually (though they didn't know it at the time) the type of fats involved in the spread were more harmful than regular butter !
But far more importantly than this, the campaign does involve a fabulous advert, which has been splattered all over the weekend's papers. It pictures a wall and chest of drawers covered in posters of '66 players and a plethora of World Cup '66 memorabilia.
It looks to me as if an advertising consultant has gloriously squandered his/her budget at www.ebay.co.uk getting authentic rosettes, metal and woven badges, newspaper pullouts, beermats, tea towels, pendants, football cards, Jules Rimet Trophy replicas, mugs, records, jigsaws, and a Bobby Moore statue (which I'm sure dates from the early 70s, but let's not be pedantic ... in fact, at least one of the cards is from the 70s, too!)
I am so jealous of that person. I'm guessing there's over there's a thousand quid's worth of items here ... and I bet they were paid to go out and buy it. Why can't I get a job like that ?
P.S. Dear Flora, if you are wanting a home for the items now that they've done with them look no further. I'll take it all back about getting it wrong in the past ...
Best Reads Billy
On the subject of adverts, I see that George Best was included in the poster campaign for National Book Reading Week in March of this year. The campaign featured several celeberities reading a book. In George's poster, he is reading 'Billy', Pamela Stevenson's book about her husband, Billy Connolly. This did not influence me in my own decision to listen to the book on cd, but having done so, I can also firmly recommend the book, too.
El Tel tel. Challenge
If any of the players from Bob's 70-71 pages was most like to get in the 'The Times' Rich List, it must be Terry Venables (QPR). Presently his name is on millions of chocolate bars as part of Nestlé's 'Terry Venables Challenge'.
I'll quote one such wrapper ... a King size Chunky Kit-Kat, actually ...
There's no purchase necessary, so why not enter yourself by dropping a line to ...
There's one entry per card, and it's got to get there for 31 May, 2003. Only UK residents can apply and under 16s need a parental signature. Various other terms and conditions apply also.
If Nestlé feel the need to send Bob's 70-71 Pages a box of King Sized Chunky Kit-Kats by way of thanks for this free advertising, I won't be embarrassed, I promise...
Incidentally, on the inside of the wrapper, was Football Fact number 5. Did you know that Bobby Charlton played more than 750 games for Manchester United ? Well yes I did, can I have 5,000 pounds, please ?
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|Bob Dunning 3 June 2002||
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