Yep, it's a Cliff Eurovision, quote, Rik from 'The Young Ones' would be proud of me. Two events (neither of which would normally trouble me) in the space of a week or so are occurring, or have already happened. The first, Eurovision, has come and gone without troubling my viewing habits in the slightest. I only mention it because of the Spanish entry's openly stated desire not to win because it would be too expensive to host next year's competition. Back in the early nineties when I attended the Celtic Film and TV Festival fairly regularly this was a common complaint from Irish film and programme makers, particularly when they won three times on the trot, as hosting the whole shebang apparently immediately swallowed 10% of RTE's annual production budget in one go. And irony is piled upon irony when one considers that the Spanish have a history of (allegedly) buying the contest to ensure a win. In fact in the very year that the sainted Cliff came second with 'Congratulations.'
The second event of note is naturally HM Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee or, to those of my generation the thirty-fifth anniversary of this going to number 2. In fact, at least as far as I remember it, this was another instance of official shenanigans as the 'Official' BBC/BRMB chart was allegedly rigged to make sure that arch royalist Rod Stewart remained at no. 1 whilst the Sex Pistols (who were of course banned by the BBC) remained at no. 2 to avoid embarassment to Her Majesty (God Bless Her!) and presumably those BBC and BRMB types in with a shout of a knighthood. All the other charts had them ahead by miles. By merest coincidence this weekend's 'once in a lifetime event' (the third jubilee I've experienced so far) coincides with the next Bank Square Arts Marketthis Saturday, back in the normal place following May's one-off excursion to Bedford Square. There will be bunting (but bring your own frolic), I will have a very large Union flag on my stall and there may be a special one-off, once in a lifetime, diamond jubilee special edition memento/souvenir type painting at the special jubilee price of £60, one for each of Betty Windsor's Sixty Glorious Years (if I can figure out what to paint and finish it in time).
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.