Dec 09

Popular Is On Christmas Holiday

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I’m suffering from pop fatigue, readers, so Popular is off on its Christmas break, and will return after Xmas if I feel inspired, or in January otherwise. Sorry to not put 1986 to bed – it’s proved unexpectedly gruelling! You’ve been a lovely comments crew as ever and I hope you all have a terrific festive season.

(Posts on the rest of FT will keep on a-rollin’, of course.)


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    Jimmy the Swede on 21 Dec 2009 #

    Cheers Tom. Have a good one. And Merry Christmas everyone else.

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    Billy Smart on 21 Dec 2009 #

    Ho! Ho! Ho! Happy Christmas, Tom and all!

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    anto on 21 Dec 2009 #

    Happy Christmas.
    Thanks for making a tedious day job more bearable during ’09.

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    LondonLee on 21 Dec 2009 #

    Yes, thanks for all the work and great writing this year, Tom. Have a good ‘un.

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    Jungman Jansson on 21 Dec 2009 #

    God jul, everyone!

    And thanks to Tom (and everyone else) for all the interesting stuff.

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    Erithian on 22 Dec 2009 #

    And from me too, ‘appy Crimble to all. To those of you I’ve been fortunate enough to meet this year, well the pleasure and the privilege is mine. To the rest, best wishes and maybe it’ll happen someday!

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    Conrad on 22 Dec 2009 #

    Happy Christmas Tom and everyone!

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    punctum on 22 Dec 2009 #

    GINGER CAKE! ;-)

    Nice to be back here and all good wishes to everyone for the season. A pleasure also finally to meet Erithian and Waldo!

    My album blog is likewise taking a couple of weeks’ pause with the restful, soothing sounds of Jethro Tull and then back in the New Year with a whole fusillade of what some still call “heavy hits.” Some seriously hard work to look forward to there! There may well be another entry on Lena’s Number 2 blog this week before we head up to Scotland but if not the alternative story of 1960 will resume in 2010 (fifty years! Blimey, I remember when it was only fifteen years on Jimmy Savile’s Double Top Ten Show now then Dignified Don ten points &c…).

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    thefatgit on 22 Dec 2009 #

    Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year.

    From thefatgit.

    And thank you Bob Stanley for suggesting such a marvellous blogsite.

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    lonepilgrim on 22 Dec 2009 #

    Merry Christmas, one and all – and especially to Tom, Pete, Marna, Steve, Alan and the P^nk Lord:


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    Waldo on 22 Dec 2009 #

    May I also nip back in to offer particular greetings to those of you I met when I finally shook my substantial booty at the last couple of Poptimisms. I had already met Erithian previously and it was he who introduced me to Kat and one or two others. The most historic meetings for me, though, had to be with the three guys I once erroneously nicknamed “Bungle, Zippy and George”. In no particular order, these, of course, are Mssrs Ewing, Carlin and Sinker. I guess that makes me “Humpty”! Great to know you. Also Lena, and a special hi to Rosie, who I’ve known for over a year now and with whom I regularly keep in touch.

    Blimey, I’m sounding like I’ve just been on “Popmaster”. Best I get my coat.

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    rosie on 22 Dec 2009 #

    *waves cheerily*

    Indeed – Waldo has kept my mobile well-exercised with his pithy mini-obituaries since October last year!

    Populistae may (or may not – it’s your choice after all) like to join me in spirit while I have a riotous Yule to spite the mysterious lump in my right boob (whose true identity I should have discovered today but will now be revealed tomorrow week. Let’s hope it’s not Simon Cowell)

    May your glass of festive spirit not run dry for the duration!

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 23 Dec 2009 #

    i am now back in shropshire w.my dad and my sister and my little niece — who can now say my name (= “parky”) — from which happy space best seasonal wishes to one and all and here’s to next year

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    Rory on 23 Dec 2009 #

    Merry Christmas, everyone, from Tasmania, pop capital of the world.

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    Waldo on 30 Dec 2009 #

    I’m sure everyone will be delighted to know that Rosie’s “lump” has been diagnosed “not malignant”. This is obviously wonderful news and will mean a good start to the new year for one of Popular’s most endearing players after a reflective Christmas up in Cumbria. GO, ROSIE!!!

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 30 Dec 2009 #

    That’s excellent news, thanx for passing it on Waldo! Best wishes Rose and everyone else… xxx

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    Tom on 30 Dec 2009 #

    Very relieved – thanks Waldo for being the bearer of good news.

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    rosie on 31 Dec 2009 #

    What wonderful people you are!

    However, I am holding my breath now in hopes of further good fortune for Barrow AFC versus Sunderland.

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    Erithian on 31 Dec 2009 #

    Yes, very good to hear your news Rosie and more power to Barrow.

    And now, as Popular reaches its seventh New Year’s Eve, the traditional end-of-year look at how the Popular project has progressed. Here’s a summary of where we’ve been at the end of each calendar year:

    2003 Great Balls Of Fire (#66, Jan 58 – 5 years 2 months, 66 entries in the year)
    2004 A World Without Love (#167, Apr 64 – 6 years 3 months, 101)
    2005 Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine (#222, Aug 66 – 2 years 4 months, 55)
    2006 Get It On (#302, Jul 71 – 4 years 11 months, 80)
    2007 Lonely This Christmas (#362, Dec 74 – 3 years 5 months, 60)
    2008 This Ole House (#477, Mar 81 – 6 years 3 months, 115 (plus the Pistols!))
    2009 I Want To Wake Up With You (#575, Aug 86 – 5 years 5 months, 98)

    So you’ve covered 98 entries in 2009, Tom – you don’t fancy knocking off another couple today so you can raise your bat to the pavilion? (and no I don’t mean that)

    When the project began in September 2003, Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love” was number one (#960). Joe McElderry is #1118, so in the time you’ve done 575 entries, a further 158 have been added to the list. This is starting to sound like a maths test… anyway, well done as always Tom (especially given the arrival of Drake this year!) and a happy New Year to all.

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    Caledonianne on 1 Jan 2010 #

    Fantastic news re Rosie, and best wishes to all.

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