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This page provides a snapshot of Lyn Paul's career focusing on 1990. To find out what else was happening in 1990 select any of the following options:

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One Hit Wonders

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New Seekers

New Seekers
on TV: 1990

In Print 1990

The Stage
& Television

Croydon Advertiser

The Guardian

Sunday Times

In Print:

Norman Wisdom
UK tour

Babes In The Wood

The New Seekers' Greatest Hits (CD cover).

New Seekers
Greatest Hits
(That's Pop
TP 001)


Top 40 / Pop
Home Page

All Music Guide

ARTIST direct


Classic Bands

Click Music

Nostalgia Central: Music

Oldies Music

Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame
and Museum

Q Magazine

Rolling Stone


Who Does That Song?

'90s Music

The UK Number Ones:


Norman Wisdom

Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom

Norman Wisdom

Those Were The Days...

Video Almanac

In The '90s:
The Nineties
nostalgia site

Do You Remember
the '70s, '80s
and '90s?

On This Day

Guardian Century


Nostalgia Central
Today in
Rotten History

Scope Systems
Historic Events
and Birth-Dates

This Day In Music

20th Century

A Revelation!

Lyn Paul, now a working mum, takes to the ocean wave in 1990, performing on a short cruise aboard the QE II.

On 30th June and 7th July Lyn is a guest on the radio quiz show Pop Score (BBC Radio 2, 5.30pm). Hosted by Ken Bruce, with regular team captains Helen Shapiro and Noddy Holder, the quiz tests the panellists' knowledge of popular music. Joining Lyn as a panellist on the last two shows of the series is broadcaster Colin Berry. Both editions of the show are broadcast again later in the year (BBC Radio 2, 9th and 16th December, 12.30am).

Despite Lyn's complaints the previous year, another Greatest Hits CD by the New Seekers (TP 001) is released, which pictures Lyn on the cover but features re-recordings of Lyn's original vocals by Donna Jones. Licensed from Livingstone Productions and released on the That's Pop label, there is nothing on the CD cover to indicate that these are not the original recordings featuring Lyn Paul.

During August, September and October Lyn tours the UK with the comedian Norman Wisdom. Reviewing her performance in The Stage, James Green describes her as "a revelation":

"It wasn't just Wisdom's second half but - what a rarity - a first half that was balanced and entertaining. How often do you walk out at the interval feeling pleased?"
The Stage & Television Today, 20th September 1990, page 5.

Norman Wisdom 1990 UK tour (programme cover).

The Legendary Norman Wisdom
1990 UK tour
(programme cover)

Up. Down.

The tour kicks off at the Crest Club, Sheppey and winds up six weeks later at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

  • 23rd August, Crest Club, Leysdown, Sheppey
  • 24th August, Crest Club, Leysdown, Sheppey
  • 25th August, Playhouse Theatre, Harlow
  • 26th August, White Rock Theatre, Hastings
  • 30th August, St. David's Hall, Cardiff
  • 31st August, Ferneham Hall, Fareham

  • 1st September, Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Worcester
  • 2nd September, Key Theatre, Peterborough
  • 5th September, Orchard Theatre, Dartford
  • 6th September, Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
  • 7th September, Guildford Civic Hall
  • 8th September, Beck Theatre, Hayes
  • 9th September, Towngate Theatre, Basildon
  • 10th September, De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 11th September, New Embassy Centre, Skegness
  • 12th September, Civic Theatre, Mansfield
  • 14th September, Night Out, Blackpool
  • 16th September, Central Hall Theatre, Chatham
  • 18th September, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
  • 19th September, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
  • 21st September, Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth
  • 22nd September, Forum Theatre, Hatfield
  • 23rd September, Festival Theatre, Paignton
  • 25th September, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
  • 27th September, Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
  • 29th September, Leeds City Varieties, Leeds
  • 30th September, Wimbledon Theatre, London

  • 2nd October, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
  • 3rd October, Night Out, Blackpool
  • 4th October, Civic Centre, Aylesbury
  • 5th October, Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

Norman Wisdom 1990 UK tour (leaflet).

The Legendary Norman Wisdom
1990 UK tour
(promotional leaflet).

Up. Down.

At Christmas, for the third year in a row, Lyn stars in Roy Hudd's production of Babes In The Wood. Playing at the Ashcroft Theatre Croydon from December 7th through to January 13th 1991, Lyn shares the limelight with Roy Hudd (this time in the role of the Good Robber) and Patrick Mower as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. They are joined by veteran comedy actors Bill Pertwee (Air Raid Warden Hodges in Dads Army) and June Whitfield (Happy Ever After, Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous).

Cedric Pulford, writing in The Guardian, describes Lyn as "a song-belting principal boy" (The Guardian, 28th December 1990), while Diana Eccleston from the local Croydon Advertiser votes the show a success: "on my panto scale of excellence ... a 10 out of 10" (Croydon Advertiser, 14th December 1990)

'Babes In The Wood' leaflet.

Babes In The Wood,
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
(promotional leaflet).

Up. Down.


It's lucky thirteen for A-ha, who make it to number 13 in the UK singles chart with their 13th hit single - a cover of The Everly Brothers' Crying In The Rain (Warner Bros W 9547). Lyn Paul recorded this song with the New Seekers in 1973. The track featured Marty Kristian on lead vocal and, although recorded with the rest of the group, it was released by Polydor as a solo single (Polydor 2058 394).

On 9th February Lyn Paul's sister Nikki Belsher appears on television in Campion (BBC1, 8.35pm). Set in the 1930s, the series is based on Margery Allingham's novels about an enigmatic private investigator, Albert Campion. Nikki plays the part of 'Slippers' Bellew in a double episode entitled Dancers in Mourning, in which Campion is hired to investigate the sinister practical jokes being played on a successful star of musical comedy. The second episode is shown a week later on 16th February.

Nikki also takes to the stage in London, playing the role of Ashley in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express. The role of Pearl, which Nikki played on the tour of Australia and Japan, is played by Kim Leeson.

Nikki Belsher.

Nikki Belsher
Starlight Express
Photo used with kind permission of the
Pearl's Domain website.


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In the News - 1990
Jan On 1st January Cuba rejoins the United Nations Security Council after a 30-year absence.

On the same day Simon and Garfunkel are inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Paul McCartney begins his first concert tour for 13 years on 2nd January.

General Manuel Noriega of Panama surrenders to US troops on 3rd January after ten days under siege in the Vatican Embassy. The next day he appears in a Florida court on drugs charges.

On 7th January, for the first time in its history, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public on safety grounds.

The Communist Party's monopoly on power comes to an end in Bulgaria (15th January) and in Yugoslavia (22nd January). Poland's Communist Party is dissolved on 29th January.

The England cricket team defies an international boycott by visiting South Africa. On 19th January police use tear gas to break up a demonstration at Johannesburg Airport, where protesters were awaiting the team's arrival.

Mel Appleby, one half of the duo Mel and Kim, dies of pneumonia on 19th January, aged 28.

On 25th January Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, becomes the first head of government to give birth.

The first McDonalds restaurant in Russia is opened in Pushkin Square, Moscow on 31st January.

Feb In a televised speech at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town on Friday, 2nd February, the South African President F.W. de Clerk announces that the 30-year ban on the African National Congress would be lifted. The jailed ANC leader,Nelson Mandela is released from Victor-Verster Prison on 11th February after 27 years behind bars.

6th February is declared a national holiday in Jamaica in commemoration of Bob Marley's birthday.

Del Shannon, best known for his 1961 chart-topper Runaway, dies of self-inflicted gunshot wounds on 8th February, aged 55.

At a meeting in Madrid on 14th and 15th February Argentina and the UK agree to restore full diplomatic relations.

In the UK ambulance workers end a six-month dispute on 23rd February, after the government and unions agree to a pay rise of 16.9%.

Mar On 2nd March Glasgow succeeds Paris as the European Capital of Culture, having fought off bids from eight other UK cities, including Edinburgh. At the official launch at the King's Theatre the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Susan Baird, shakes hands with the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac.

Lithuania proclaims its independence from the Soviet Union on 11th March and elects Vytautus Landsbergis as President.

On 14th March, by a vote of 1,542 to 368 (with 76 abstentions), the Soviet parliament elects Mikhail Gorbachev as President of the Soviet Union for a five-year term.

A journalist working for The Observer newspaper, Farzad Bazoft, is executed in Baghdad on 15th March for "spying".

On Sunday, 18th March East Germany holds the first free elections since 1932.

On the same day thieves disguised as police officers steal 13 works of art worth about $200 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Namibia gains its independence from South Africa on 21st March.

Driving Miss Daisy wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 62nd Academy Awards ceremony on 26th March.

Robert Mugabe is elected President of Zimbabwe on 29th March.

On 30th March the Estonian Supreme Council declares the Soviet occupation of Estonia since World War II to be illegal and begins the process of re-establishing Estonia as an independent state.

400 people are arrested and scores injured in Poll Tax riots in central London on 31st March.

Apr Violence breaks out at Strangeways Prison in Manchester on 1st April when inmates protest against overcrowding. Two people are killed.

King Baudouin of Belgium steps down for 24 hours on 4th April to allow the passage of a bill legalizing abortion. In the UK the time limit for abortions is reduced from 28 to 24 weeks.

150 people are killed on 7th April by a fire aboard the Danish ferry Scandinavian Star.

On the same day John Poindexter, the former National Security Adviser to the Reagan Administration, is convicted of five counts of lying to Congress and obstructing the Congressional committees investigating the Iran–Contra affair.

On 8th April King Birendra agrees to end Nepal's feudal style monarchy and lifts a 30-year ban on political parties.

On 11th April British customs officials in Middlesbrough announce that they have seized a 'supergun' destined for Iraq.

The USSR cuts supplies of oil and gas to Lithuania on 17th April, following Lithuania's refusal to renounce its declaration of independence.

On 19th April the UK relaxes its immigration policy for residents of Hong Kong.

Lech Walesa is re-elected as chairman of Solidarity on 20th April.

The space shuttle Discovery is launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday, 24th April, on a mission to carry the Hubble space telescope into orbit 380 miles above the Earth.

The musical A Chorus Line closes on 28th April after 6,137 performances on Broadway. The show won nine Tony Awards in 1976, including the Tony for Best Musical.

May President F.W. de Clerk and Nelson Mandela begin negotiations to end apartheid on 2nd May.

The Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic adopts a Declaration on the Restoration of Independence on 4th May, paving the way for the full independence of the Republic of Latvia on 21st August 1991.

On 5th May Toto Cutugno wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy with the song Insieme: 1992. The UK entry, Give A Little Love Back To The World by Emma, finishes sixth.

On 15th May Vincent van Gogh's Portrait du Dr. Gachet is sold at Christie's in New York for $75,000,000. Two days later Pierre Auguste Renoir's Bal au Moulin de la Galette, Montmartre is sold at Sotheby's in New York for $71,000,000.

On 17th May the World Health Organization (WHO) removes homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

Former Seekers' star Judith Durham is badly injured in a car crash on 20th May.

On 29th May Boris Yeltsin is elected Chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet.

On Wednesday, 30th May, in response to mounting concern about BSE or "mad cow disease", the French government bans the import of British beef and live cattle. The British Agriculture Minister John Gummer tries to allay people's fears by feeding a hamburger to his four-year-old daughter. Germany and Italy impose their own bans a few days later.

June On 7th June France, West Germany and Italy lift their ban on British beef-on-the-bone.

Tim Lancaster, the captain of British Airways Flight 5390 from Birmingham to Malaga, is sucked through a cockpit window on 10th June when a faulty panel of the windscreen blows out at 17,300 feet. Flight attendant Nigel Ogden, who is on the flight deck at the time, grabs hold of Lancaster’s belt to prevent him from being completely sucked out of the cockpit. The aircraft makes an emergency landing at Southampton Airport, where the pilot is discovered to be alive and rushed to hospital.

On Wednesday, 20th June the Chancellor of the Exchequer, John Major, proposes a new European currency, the "hard ecu", to circulate alongside existing national currencies.

Checkpoint Charlie, the best known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin, is removed on 22nd June.

Representatives from the Canadian provinces fail to ratify the Meech Lake Accord by the deadline of 23rd June, which would have granted French-speaking Quebec special status amongst the provinces whilst guaranteeing its commitment to the Canadian federation.

The Soviet Union re-opens the supply of oil and gas to Lithuania on 30th June in exchange for its agreement the previous day to suspend its declaration of independence.

July East Germany adopts the Deutsche Mark as its currency on 1st July.

On 2nd July 1,426 pilgrims are killed in Mecca in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites.

On 12th July Boris Yeltsin resigns from the Soviet Communist Party.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake strikes the island of Luzon in the Philippines on 16th July.

Tory MP Ian Gow is killed by an IRA car bomb outside his home in Sussex on 30th July.

Aug At dawn on Thursday, 2nd August more than 100,000 Iraqi troops invade the Gulf state of Kuwait. The United Nations Security Council calls for their immediate withdrawal but this is ignored. Economic sanctions are imposed on Iraq three days later.

On 3rd August, a weather station in Nailstone, Leicestershire records the highest temperature ever known in Britain - 37.1°C (98.8°F), 1 degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1911.

The President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, forces Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from office on 6th August and declares a state of emergency.

The ANC agrees to end guerrilla warfare on 7th August.

The NASA space-probe Magellan begins orbiting Venus on Friday, 10th August after a 15-month journey from Earth.

Irish hostage Brian Keenan is released from captivity by the Islamic Jihad on 24th August. He returns to Dublin from Beirut on 30th August, having been held hostage for four years and four months.

The BBC launches Radio 5 on Monday, 27th August - its first new radio network for 23 years. The new station takes to the air at 9.00am, broadcasting a mix of sport, news and children's programmes.

Sep On 12th September East Germany, West Germany and the Second World War Allies (the United States, United Kingdom, France and the USSR) sign a Treaty restoring sovereignty to a united Germany.

On the same day Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks announce that they are leaving Fleetwood Mac.

On 24th September Winnie Mandela is charged with kidnapping and assault.

The Nintendo Game Boy, a handheld video game console which had already taken Japan and the USA by storm, is launched in Europe on 28th September.

Oct After 45 years of division, East and West Germany officially reunite at midnight on Wednesday, 3rd October. Flag-waving crowds gather outside the Reichstag in Berlin to celebrate.

Britain applies to join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).

On 15th October the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Mikhail Gorbachev for his work in ending Cold War tensions.

Nov The UK's Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Howe, resigns on Thursday, 1st November, following disagreements over the government's policy on Europe.

Nawaz Sharif becomes Prime Minister of Pakistan on 6th November.

Mary Robinson is the first woman to be elected President of Ireland in the Irish presidential election held on Wednesday, 7th November.

On 12th November Tim Berners-Lee, a computer programmer working in Switzerland, publishes details of a new internet notice board for scientists, a 'World Wide Web' with more than 11.5 billion web pages.

Record producer Frank Farian holds a press conference on 15th November to confirm that the two members of Milli Vanilli, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, had not sung on their début album. The duo was subsequently stripped of the 1989 'Best New Artist' Grammy Award.

On 22nd November Margaret Thatcher announces that she is to quit as British Prime Minister. On Tuesday, 27th November she is succeeded by John Major, who beats Michael Heseltine and Douglas Hurd in the second ballot of the Conservative Party leadership contest. Leaving Downing Street the next day a tearful Margaret Thatcher wishes her successor "all the luck in the world."

Roald Dahl, author of the children's books Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and The BFG, dies in hospital in Oxford on 23rd November, aged 74.

Bill Wyman announces that his 17-month marriage to Mandy Smith is over. The couple's divorce is finalised on 24th November 1992.

Dec On Saturday, 1st December the first stage of the Channel Tunnel is completed, three years to the day after construction work had begun.

Lech Walesa is elected President of Poland on 9th December.

Saddam Hussein releases the foreigners who had been seized when Iraq invaded Kuwait and held captive for more than four months. The first of the freed hostages arrive at Heathrow Airport on Monday, 10th December.

Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) marries a Swedish surgeon, Tomas Sommerfeld, on 15th December.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts

Victim Of Love (single cover).

  • Blur
  • Michael Bolton
  • Mariah Carey
  • En Vogue
  • Farm
  • James
  • KLF

UK Best-selling Singles

Vogue (single cover).

  • Adamski

  • A-ha
    Crying In The Rain

  • Kim Appleby
    Don't Worry

  • B-52's
    Love Shack

  • Beats International
    Dub Be Good To Me

  • Beautiful South
    A Little Time

  • Blue Pearl
    Naked In The Rain

  • Michael Bolton
    How Am I Supposed To Live Without You

  • Betty Boo
    Doin' The Do

  • Bombalurina
    Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

  • Belinda Carlisle
    (We Want) The Same Thing

  • Cher
    Just Like Jesse James

  • The Chimes
    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

  • Phil Collins
    I Wish It Would Rain Down

  • Julee Cruise

  • Deacon Blue
    Four Bacharach And David Songs (EP): I'll Never Fall In Love Again / The Look Of Love / Message To Michael / Are You There (With Another Girl)

  • Deee-Lite
    Groove Is In The Heart / What Is Love

  • Del Amitri
    Nothing Ever Happens

  • Depeche Mode
    Enjoy The Silence

  • DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
    Tom's Diner

  • EMF

  • En Vogue
    Hold On

  • England

    World In Motion

  • Erasure
    Blue Savannah

  • Farm
    All Together Now

  • Gazza and Lindisfarne
    Fog On The Tyne (Revisited)

  • Lonnie Gordon
    Happenin' All Over Again

  • M.C. Hammer
    U Can't Touch This

  • Happy Mondays
    Kinky Afro

  • Happy Mondays
    Step On

  • Chris Isaak
    Wicked Game

  • Halo James
    Could Have Told You So

  • Elton John
    Sacrifice / Healing Hands

  • Jesus Jones
    International Bright Young Thing

  • KLF featuring the Children Of The Revolution
    What Time Is Love? (Live At Trancentral)

  • La's
    There She Goes (re-issue)

  • Londonbeat
    I've Been Thinking About You

  • Madonna
    Hanky Panky

  • Madonna
    Justify My Love

  • Madonna

  • Maria McKee
    Show Me Heaven

  • George Michael
    Praying For Time

  • Kylie Minogue
    Better The Devil You Know

  • Kylie Minogue
    Step Back In Time

  • Kylie Minogue
    Tears On My Pillow

  • Alannah Myles
    Black Velvet

  • New Kids on the Block
    Hangin' Tough (re-issue)

  • Sinéad O'Connor
    Nothing Compares 2 U

  • Robert Palmer and UB40
    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

  • Luciano Pavarotti
    Nessun Dorma

  • Proclaimers
    King Of The Road (EP): King Of The Road / Long Black Veil / Lulu Selling Tea / Not Ever

  • Cliff Richard
    From A Distance

  • Cliff Richard
    Saviour's Day

  • Roxette
    It Must Have Been Love

  • Roxette
    Listen To Your Heart / Dangerous (re-issue)

  • Paul Simon
    The Obvious Child

  • Snap
    The Power

  • Jimmy Somerville
    To Love Somebody

  • Jimmy Somerville
    You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

  • Status Quo
    The Anniversary Waltz - Part 1

  • David A. Stewart featuring Candy Dulfer
    Lily Was Here

  • Rod Stewart
    Downtown Train

  • Rod Stewart and Tina Turner
    It Takes Two

  • Sting
    Englishman In New York (re-mix)

  • They Might Be Giants
    Birdhouse In Your Soul

  • Vanilla Ice
    Ice Ice Baby

  • Bobby Vinton
    Blue Velvet

  • Wilson Phillips
    Hold On

Nothing Compares 2 U (CD cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Bizz Nizz
    Don't Miss The Partyline

  • Blues Brothers
    Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

  • Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman
    Kinky Boots

  • Rita MacNeil
    Working Man

  • Partners In Kryme
    Turtle Power
    (from the film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles')

Hit Albums

A-ha, East Of the Sun, West Of The Moon (album cover).

  • A-ha
    East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon

  • Matraca Berg
    Lying To The Moon

  • José Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti
    In Concert

  • Carlene Carter
    I Fell In Love

  • Beth Nielson Chapman
    Beth Nielson Chapman

  • The Charlatans
    Some Friendly

  • Beverley Craven
    Beverley Craven

  • Fleetwood Mac
    Behind The Mask

  • Emmylou Harris
    Brand New Dance

  • Hothouse Flowers

  • Madonna
    The Immaculate Collection

  • George Michael
    Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

  • Bette Midler
    Some People's Lives

  • Sinéad O'Connor
    I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

  • Luciano Pavarotti
    The Essential Pavarotti

  • Pet Shop Boys

  • Prince
    Graffiti Bridge

  • Bonnie Raitt
    Nick Of Time

  • Cliff Richard
    From A Distance ... The Event

  • Paul Simon
    Rhythm Of The Saints

Home (CD cover).

At the Movies
  • Alice
    (Woody Allen)

  • Back To The Future Part III
  • Born On The Fourth Of July
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • The Comfort Of Strangers
  • Creature Comforts
  • Crimes And Misdemeanors
    (Woody Allen)

  • Dick Tracy
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Ghost
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Home Alone
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • The Krays
  • Longtime Companion
  • Look Who's Talking
  • Pretty Woman
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Stella
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Total Recall
  • The War Of The Roses

On Stage

City Of Angels (CD cover).

Tony Award for Best Musical:
City Of Angels

Laurence Olivier
Award for Musical of the Year:
Return To The Forbidden Planet

Return To The Forbidden Planet, Original Cast Recording (CD cover).

On Television
  • Baywatch
  • Birds Of A Feather
    (Series 2)

  • Bread
    (Series 6)

  • The Crystal Maze
  • French And Saunders
    (Series 3)

  • The Golden Girls
    (USA: Series 5)

  • Harry Enfield's Television Programme
  • Have I Got News For You (Series 1)
  • In Sickness And In Health
    (Series 5)

  • Jeeves And Wooster
    (Series 1)

  • Keeping Up Appearances
    (Series 1)

  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 12)

  • Masterchef (Series 1)
  • Mr. Bean
  • One Foot In The Grave
    (Series 1 and 2)

  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
  • Spitting Image
    (Series 11 and 12)

  • Stars In Their Eyes
  • Twin Peaks
  • Waiting For God
    (Series 1)

  • The Word
  • You've Been Framed

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Paul Gascoigne

Darts: Phil Taylor beats Eric Bristow in the final of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.

Rugby Union: Scotland win the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship. For the first time ever the Welsh team loses all four of its matches.

Horse Racing: Mr. Frisk wins the Grand National.

Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the annual Boat Race against Cambridge.

Snooker: Stephen Hendry wins the World Snooker Championship for the first time, beating Jimmy White in the final (18-12). Hendry wins the UK Championship for the second time, beating Steve Davis in the final (16-15).

Golf: Nick Faldo wins the US Masters for the second year running. He also wins the British Open at St. Andrews.
Hale Irwin wins the US Open at Medinah Country Club.

Cricket: Graham Gooch scores 333 for England against India at Lords.

Football: Nottingham Forest win the League Cup for the fourth time under the management of Brian Clough.
Liverpool end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the 18th time.
Manchester United win the FA Cup, beating Crystal Palace 1-0 in a replay of the final.
English hopes of winning the World Cup are dashed when the England team is beaten 4-3 on penalties by West Germany.
UEFA lifts the ban on English clubs competing in Europe.

Cycling: Greg LeMond wins the Tour de France for the third time.

Tennis: Martina Navratilova makes history by winning the women's singles title at Wimbledon for a record ninth time. She beats Zina Garrison in straight sets (6-4, 6-1).
For the third year in a row the men's singles final is between Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker. Edberg wins for the second time (6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4).
Pete Sampras wins his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, beating Andre Agassi in the men's singles final (6-4, 6-3, 6-2). Gabriella Sabatini< strong> beats Steffi Graf in the women's singles final.

Athletics: Steve Backley breaks the World Javelin Record with a throw of 89.58m.

Motor Racing: Ayrton Senna wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second time.


Man Booker Prize

A. S. Byatt

Beryl Bainbridge
An Awfully Big Adventure

Penelope Fitzgerald
The Gate Of Angels

John McGahern
Amongst Women

Brian Moore
Lies Of Silence

Mordecai Richler
Solomon Gursky Was Here

Postcard from 1990.

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Who said that?


When you combine wife, mother, career and all, each role becomes the perfect excuse for avoiding the worst aspects of the other.
Bettina Arndt

It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy fathers would do it.
Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), 'The Golden Girls'

A woman knows everything about her children. She knows about dental appointments and football games and best friends and favourite foods and romances and secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
Dave Barry

The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.
Napoleon Bonaparte

... the biggest on-the-job training scheme in the world.
Erma Bombeck

Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all.
Katharine Butler Hathaway

A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
Agatha Christie

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car for ever after.
Peter De Vries

A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.
Diana, Princess of Wales

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 'Her Son's Wife'

The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother and to become fully independent.
Erich Fromm

All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and a desert place to a mother when her only child is absent.
Elizabeth Gaskell

The story of a mother's life: trapped between a scream and a hug.
Cathy Guisewite

One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.
George Herbert

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts... A mother always has to think twice: once for herself and once for her child.
Sophia Loren

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

It's a dead-end job. You've no sooner learned the skills than you are redundant.
Claire Rayner, 'The Guardian', 15th December 1960

The role of mother is probably the most important career a woman can have.
Janet Mary Riley

A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
Helen Steiner Rice

A completely overwhelming, all-else obliterating passion for a little blob!
Juliet Stevenson, 'Independent On Sunday', 9th May 1999

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
Henry Ward Beecher

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Lin Yutang


Toddlers are more likely to eat healthy food if they find it on the floor.
Jan Blaustone

Working Mothers

I think while all mothers deal with feelings of guilt, working mothers are plagued by guilt on steroids.
Arianna Huffington

The role of mother is probably the most important career a woman can have.
Janet Mary Riley

The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
Jane Sellman

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest-salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
Mildred B. Vermant

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