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DUST off the sherry glasses, defrost the cocktail sausages and roll back the carpets. It’s time to party.
This column celebrates a landmark anniversary on Monday May 21 and we need to push the boat out – at least until 6pm when Eggheads is on. Mustn’t overdo it.
After a decade, Bm@il has become a part of me. A bit like crow’s feet, but with fonder feelings.
More than 500 columns – around 200,000 words – that’s a lot of rambling,
In 2008 celebrity news was taking over, demonstrated by equal weight being given to Barack Obama being elected as USA president and John Sargent resigning from Strictly Come Dancing.
In Bm@il I covered the thousands protesting about the expansion of Heathrow, the stall holder arrested for dealing in pounds and ounces instead of kilos, and I dared to suggest we should return to just black or white coffee in coffee bars to avoid long waits for people having marshmallows and squirty cream added. Even froth wasn’t safe from my ban.
We were all struggling with the credit crunch or as one old lady was heard to describe it, ‘this bank palaver.’ The threat of a recession loomed.
In July 2008 my subject was knife crime when I warned of dangers in the rise in popularity of graphic violence in films and computer games. It makes me so sad to read it now.
‘A constant diet of killing, maiming and torture would desensitise anyone. We can’t go on offering youngsters films of gory glory with one hand and expect them to hand over their weapons with the other. If we want to stop the slaughter on the streets, we at least owe them some consistency.’
The gore has gone on to be part of mainstream TV, and the violence on the streets has, as I feared, escalated.
You have been with me through the funny, the quirky and the sad, including during my mother’s final years (she died of severe Alzheimer’s in 2009),
The early years of Bm@il covered Woolworths and pubs closing, big hair, conkers banned from playgrounds, parking, dangerous dogs, the silly season and vegetarianism.
The best result came in Feb 2010 when after bemoaning the demise of marmalade, a reader sent me some very delicious homemade spread.
To all the Gazette staff who have dealt with my columns, and to the long-suffering Mr F who still tolerates me writing about him – thank you. But the biggest hurrah goes to you for being such loyal and regular readers over 10 years.
Now ... do go and have a lie down….
Bm@il in 2008 and 2009