TO THE King's Head, for another rare pleasure: a popular-music performance by a popular-music critic. When Robert Cushman writes about Cole Porter and co, for us or BBC Radio, his words sing. And so, it turns out, does he. Very well. He sings Porter the way you expect Porter himself to on those oddly disappointing archive recordings: timbre fine, timing finer. The showmanship could do with some work: Cushman's stage presence may be made for radio. But a great time was had by all 25 of us who were there.
THE BBC's trailer department keeps calling the OJ Simpson case "the trial of the century". I know OJ's a big name, but I still think the title belongs, narrowly, to Nuremberg.
REGULAR readers may recall Tring Records being mentioned in dispatches for its RPO Collection - classics by one of our premier orchestras, at the appetising price of £3.99. Last week the North Finchley branch of Our Price was selling them at £4.99 - a gob-smacking 25 per cent over the RRP. An Our Price person said this was a mistake that would be put right immediately. But the Notting Hill branch reckoned Their Price was £2.99. A clear case of Don't charge full price if you can help it.Reuse content