Robert Hampton

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31st December 2009

2009? More like Woo! Thousand and Nine!

Was this year an exciting way to say goodbye to the decade? Here’s a reminder of what happened on planet Hampo this year (part 2, hopefully, follows tomorrow):-

January started out with one of my favourite shows being revived. Despite being up against EastEnders and being hosted by Ben Shepherd, the Krypton Factor did well enough to be recommissioned for a second series. We found out Who would replace David Tennant, and a year later we still haven’t actually seen him in the role. ITV’s latest attempt to ape the success of Doctor Who was Demons which failed spectacularly; the only creative thing about it being the number of different excuses the writers found for Christian Cooke to remove clothing.

In the wider world, various eras were drawing to a close, as Woolworths closed its doors, Tony Hart kicked the bucket and Dubya left office. Meanwhile, yours truly had an enjoyable night in London Theatreland.

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6th January 2009

Abba-dabba-dabba-fixtures and fittings for sale!
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Farewell Woolies. I’ll fondly remember the many times I walked past and thought about going in, before remembering that many other shops offered better value on almost every product you stocked.

27th November 2008

As long as Wilkinson keep going, I’ll be fine
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To commemorate the demise of Woolworths, here’s an aspect of their business which has stuck in my memory far more than pick’n’mix, cheap board games (4 in a Row!) and electrical items you don’t really need.

Yes, it’s one of those weird adverts they used to show every Christmas, which were nothing more than a clip from a film or music video with a few captions stuck on top. YouTube is a wonderful thing.

1st February 2008

News dump
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Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo!
Why have two faceless corporations when one will do?
Woolworths withdraws young girls’ bed called ‘Lolita’
Lolita! Little girls! Beds! Who could have predicted people would see a connection?
Mersey Tunnel Tolls To Rise
£1.40 to leave Birkenhead? Sounds like a bargain!