CGM blog: Walking and talking with my son

The late, great Joe Strummer, when asked how he pondered the break-up of The Clash, said: “You can resolve a lot of things by going for a five mile walk.” Strummer was a great walker and renowned bonfire maker at Glastonbury. For a man whose music was essentially urban, he loved the great outdoors. So out walking with my 14-year-old son, Nicholas, yesterday we agreed that 2016 has been a…

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CGM blog: Find a solution – dig a ditch

So there’s this bloke called Paul who lives on our street and who’s well into ecology, supports the Green Party and is just about the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He has a smile for everyone, always stops for a chat and is community spirited. Paul often backs his words with action. A few weeks ago, on my way back home from a walk, I came across Paul and some…

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CGM blog: Scorchio – give cancer a kick

It’s been a bad year for celebrity deaths – but few hit me harder than hearing about Caroline Aherne’s recent passing at the age of just 52. Caroline defined much of the comedy we know and love today with trailblazing shows like The Mrs Merton Show, The Royle Family and The Fast Show. She wasn’t perfect (who is?) but she was wickedly witty – and found her voice through several…

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CGM blog: Trust the young

Trust the young to call it right. As post-Brexit stock markets collapsed and panic, indecision and, for many, depression, set in elsewhere – you can always rely on youth to lift you up. In a subsequent news report, fresh-faced youngsters, dashed by the understandable disappointment of Brexit, showed no anguish, just a cheery determination to use their talent to carry on and make the best of things. You can easily…

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CGM blog: The living years

If you can indeed look down from heaven can you imagine how MP Jo Cox would feel seeing and hearing the eulogies about her life cut so tragically short. Today Parliament will reconvene to pay respects and politicians of all persuasions have already shed tears and shared remarkable tributes to someone who devoted her life to others – notably the plight of migrants, humanitarian charity Oxfam, her constituents in the…

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CGM blog: Finding your voice the Victoria Wood way

One of Britain’s greatest comediennes Victoria Wood was laid to rest last week. There is much to learn from her life and times. Wood’s amazing canon of work is truly inspirational – not least because while we often expect celebrities to be exuberant, larger than life characters – she was refreshingly normal – a shy, even reluctant, performer. We might even have been robbed of the true depth of her…

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CGM blog: Some forward thinking

I’m a big fan of Radio 5 Live’s morning phone in, writes Teresa Green. A recent instalment focusing on bad behaviour on public transport, including size nine shoes on seats and hasty retreats into newspapers as soon as a pregnant woman steps on board, was excellent, albeit depressing. Both have happened to me – at six months pregnant I gave up my seat for women eight months gone as blokes…

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CGM blog: Squeezed

By Chris Green Did you see Squeeze’s appearance on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning? There was PM David Cameron talking about council estates and welfare cuts when right next to him – armed with their own weapons of mass construction (guitars and microphones) – stood Squeeze, fronted by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, two of this country’s finest songwriters and south east Londoners who grew up on the sort…

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CGM blog: Bowie – hero for many days

By Chris Green One word sprang to mind when I heard the sad news about the death of David Bowie – legacy. Bowie dotted all the ‘i’s – he was an innovator, he influenced and inspired, had endless ideas and was a genuine individual and instigator. That’s some legacy. He was also brave – starting conversations about sexuality and gender identification – and it ran through his music. Bowie was…

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