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Tickets nostalgia #3: Prince

Tickets had sold out in London, so I’d snapped up my mate Mike’s offer to drive to Birmingham, so it was an afternoon off and a trip up the M1/M6.

The NEC is an awful venue of course, but Prince had made the best of it, putting the stage ‘in the round’ (i.e. the middle of the arena). He was very inventive, and the show involved cars, basketball, beds, that fantastic female drummer and lots of I would die 4 U style imagery.

Indeed, some wag noted recently that this was when Prince invented txt spk.
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I went through a phase in 87-90 being a big fan. I can smile about it now, but at the time it was terrible.

Tickets nostalgia #2: Holland 1, England 4

Easily the most wonderful football match I’ve been to. It was a sunny day soaked with late-Britpop optimism, but no-one thought we could beat Holland, never mind absolutely batter them. Gazza was on wonderful form, as was (IMHO) the greatest number nine England have ever had, Alan Shearer. 

Watch the YouTube link below the see the rows and rows of glee-filled faces. We just couldn’t believe it. One wag struck up a barely tuneful refrain of “You can stick your total football up your arse” and at the end of the game, everyone stayed behind for an endless, spontaneous chorus of Three Lions. Frank Skinner recounted the moment when he appeared on Desert Island Discs a few years ago.

Just magical. And then we went for a curry.
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLMO_3-7P2w?wmode=transparent]

As a side note, Shearer was interviewed after the game and asked how he felt that the late consolation goal Holland scored had put Scotland out on goal difference. “Tough that”, he deadpanned.