During January Lyn Paul continues to cut a dash as Aladdin and is praised for bringing a "warmth and understanding" to the role in a review in The Stage & Television Today.
In March Lyn returns as a guest on Radio 2's favourite music quiz Pop Score - at that time celebrating its twentieth year on radio. Lyn, who had been a guest on the show in 1990, and fellow panellist Adrian Love join chairman Ken Bruce and resident team captains Alan Freeman and Helen Shapiro for two episodes (broadcast on Friday, 6th and Friday, 13th March at 7.00pm). Listeners get a second chance to hear the shows on Wednesday, 22nd July and Wednesday, 29th July (BBC Radio 2, 7.00pm).
On 23rd May Lyn Paul is due to travel up to Scotland to perform with Bobby Crush at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock. However, sudden family circumstances prevent her from appearing and she is replaced at short notice by Carol Lee Scott.
On Saturday, 28th November Lyn appears on the radio programme Bob Holness Requests The Pleasure (BBC Radio 2, 6.00pm - 7.00pm). Part chat-show, part variety show, the weekly programme featured comics, singers and musicians, plus people of interest, performing or talking live in front of an invited audience.
After an absence from the charts of over three years, Boy George makes a comeback in September with The Crying Game. The single is a revival of a song by Geoff Stephens, best known to Lyn Paul fans for co-writing two of the New Seekers' biggest hits, You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me and I Get A Little Sentimental Over You. Stephens also co-wrote Lyn Paul's 1977 single If Everybody Loved The Same As You.
The Crying Game was originally a Top 5 hit for Dave Berry in 1964. Boy George's version peaks at number 22 and spends just four weeks in the UK singles chart. Taken from the film of the same name and produced by the Pet Shop Boys, the single does better in the States, where it makes it to number 15 and enjoys a chart run of 17 weeks.
Following the success of his comedy game-show Sticky Moments, comedian Julian Clary returns to UK television in an Easter special Desperately Seeking Roger, followed in the Autumn by a sitcom Terry and Julian. The series features Clary camping it up in colourful costumes, with plots that become ever more fanciful. In one episode, in which Julian and his flatmate Terry go on holiday to Spain, Julian is mistaken for a bull-fighter, El Innuendo. Asked about his technique, specifically whether he'll be using the picadors, Clary replies: "Either them or the New Seekers, yes."
|In the News - 1992
||Jim Kerr, lead singer with Simple Minds, and actress Patsy Kensitt get married at the Chelsea register office on 3rd January.
On 6th January the United States government advises doctors to stop using silicone breast implants.
The military take control of Algeria on 11th January to prevent the Front Islamique de Salut from setting up an Islamic state.
The new republics of Croatia and Slovenia are officially recognised by the Vatican on 13th January, by San Marino on 14th January and by all 12 members of the European Economic Community on 15th January, as well as by Austria, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Norway and Switzerland.
On 31st January the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin makes his first visit to the United States since the breakup of the Soviet Union. He attends a UN Security Council Summit Meeting in New York City and discusses strategic arms reductions with US President George Bush at Camp David. On 1st February, In a joint declaration issued after a three-hour meeting, the two men pledge to *work to remove any remnants of cold war hostility."
||Hugo Chavez leads an abortive coup in Venezuela on Tuesday, 4th February.
On 9th February a state of emergency is declared in Algeria after two days of fighting between Islamic fundamentalists and security forces.
Albert Reynolds is appointed Prime Minister of Ireland on 11th February.
Dirk Bogarde is knighted at Buckingham Palace on 13th February.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love get married in Waikiki on 24th February.
28 people are injured on 28th February when a terrorist bomb explodes at London Bridge station.
||On 17th March white voters in South Africa vote to end apartheid.
In neighbouring Zimbabwe Parliament votes through legislation on 19th March allowing the government to confiscate white-owned farms. Farmers will receive little compensation and have no right of appeal.
The Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires is bombed on 17th March, killing 29 people.
On 19th March a Buckingham Palace spokesman announces that the Duke and Duchess of York are to get divorced.
On 24th March it is announced that Punch magazine is to cease publication after 150 years.
On 26th March Mike Tyson is jailed for six years for rape.
US Presidential candidate Bill Clinton says in an interview on 29th March that he briefly experimented with marijuana while he was a student in England in the 1960s - but had not inhaled.
The Silence Of The Lambs wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards ceremony on 30th March.
||On 1st April at a meeting in Bonn the Group of Seven wealthy industrialized nations agree on a $24 billion aid package for the former USSR.
Pierre Beregovoy replaces Edith Cresson as the French Prime Minister on 2nd April.
On 3rd April Serbs attack Bosnia-Hercegovina.
On the same day, following a five-day trial, Jason Donovan is awarded libel damages of £200,000 from The Face magazine, which had suggested that he was gay. The Court accepts Donovan's argument that, by calling him gay, the magazine had caused him to be seen as a liar for posing as straight.
The science fiction writer Isaac Asimov dies on 6th April, aged 72.
The PLO leader Yasser Arafat survives an air crash on 8th April.
On Thursday, 9th April, despite a net loss of 31 seats, the Conservative Party wins the UK general election. It's The Sun Wot Won It! triumphs the headline in The Sun newspaper. Neil Kinnock resigns as leader of the Labour Party on Monday, 13th April, blaming the Conservative-backed press for his party's defeat at the general election. He had led the party in opposition for nine years.
On 10th April former tennis star Arthur Ashe reveals that he is HIV positive.
On the same day three people are killed by an IRA car bomb outside the Baltic Exchange in London.
Euro Disney opens on 12th April.
The comedian Frankie Howerd dies on 19th April, aged 75.
A charity concert to raise funds for AIDS projects is held at Wembley Stadium on 20th April as a tribute to Freddie Mercury.
On Monday, 27th April the House of Commons elects its first woman Speaker, Betty Boothroyd, the Labour MP for West Bromwich West.
The artist Francis Bacon dies on 28th April, aged 82.
On Wednesday, 29th April riots break out in Los Angeles after an all-white jury acquits four white police officers on 10 out of 11 charges relating to the beating of a black motorist, Rodney King. The riots last several days; more than 50 people are killed.
||One of the 20th century's greatest icons, Marlene Dietrich, dies in her Paris apartment on 6th May, aged 90.
On 9th May Linda Martin wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland with a song written by Johnny Logan, Why Me?. The UK entry, One Step Out Of Time by Michael Ball, finishes in second place.
On 22nd May 55 million people in the USA tune in to NBC to watch Johnny Carson host The Tonight Show for the last time. Carson had been a presenter on the show since 2nd October 1962.
The Italian anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanne Falcone is killed by a roadside bomb on 23rd May.
On 30th May, acting in response to the ethnic conflict in Bosnia-Hercegovina, especially in Sarajevo, the United Nations votes to impose economic sanctions against Yugoslavia.
||On 1st June Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan-born terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal", is found guilty of murdering two French police agents and a Lebanese informer in 1975. and is sentenced in absentia by a French Court to life imprisonment.
On 2nd June Denmark holds a referendum on the Maastricht Treaty, which is rejected by 50.7% of those voting.
The first United Nations' Earth Summit takes place in Rio de Janeiro from 3rd to 14th June.
Andrew Morton's controversial biography of the Princess of Wales, Diana: Her True Story, is published on Tuesday, 16th June. The book contained a claim that the Princess had attempted suicide.
Mafia boss John Gotti (nicknamed the "Teflon Don") is jailed for life in New York on 23rd June.
In Israel, the Labor Party beats the ruling Likud bloc in the elections for the Knesset held on 23rd June. The Labor Party Chairman Yitzhak Rabin becomes the new Prime Minister.
On 24th June Donny Osmond takes to the stage in the Toronto production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
||Chris Patten becomes the last Governor of Hong Kong on 9th July.
On 10th July General Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in a US jail for drug trafficking.
On 13th July Bryan Adams' single (Everything I Do) I Do It For You begins a record-breaking 16 weeks at number 1 in the UK singles chart.
John Smith replaces Neil Kinnock as leader of the UK Labour Party on 18th July.
Vaclav Havel resigns as President of Czechoslovakia on 20th July.
The 1992 Summer Olympics open in Barcelona on 25th July. South African athletes participate for the first time in 32 years.
Mary Wells, the singer who in 1964 provided Tamla Motown with its first number 1 single in the USA (My Guy), dies from throat cancer on 26th July, aged 38.
||On Thursday, 20th August the Daily Mirror publishes photographs taken by an Italian freelance photographer of the Duchess of York, who appears topless, and a Texan businessman, John Bryan.
Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida on 24th August, having passed over the Bahamas the day before. The hurricane destroys 800 homes in the Bahamas, leaving 1,700 people homeless; 63,000 homes are destroyed in Florida, with 175,000 left homeless.
The US begins airlifting food supplies to refugees in war-torn Somalia on 28th August.
||On Monday, 7th September at least 24 people are killed, with 150 more injured, when South African soldiers open fire on African National Congress marchers in Ciskei.
The US Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched on its first mission on 12th September.
On 16th September ("Black Wednesday") the UK government suspends Britain's membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM).
On 20th September France votes by a narrow majority to accept the Maastricht Treaty.
The Serb-dominated government of Yugoslavia continues its military action against the Muslims and Roman Catholic Croats in Bosnia. On 22nd September Yugoslavia is expelled from the United Nations.
There's no such thing as a free holiday! Heritage Secretary David Mellor resigns from the UK government on 24th September following revelations of an affair with actress Antonia de Sancha and a holiday in Spain paid for by Mona Bauwens, the daughter of a PLO official.
||On 2nd October, during a NATO exercise in the Aegean Sea, the USS Saratoga accidentally fires two Sea Sparrow missiles at the Turkish destroyer Mauvenet.
On the same day hundreds of inmates die during prison riots in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Temptations' singer Eddie Kendricks, who sang the lead vocal on the group's 1971 hit Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) and who went on to have a solo hit in 1973 with Keep On Truckin', dies of lung cancer on 5th October, aged 52.
||Bill Clinton wins the United States presidential election held on Tuesday, 3rd November.
On Wednesday, 11th November, after five-and-a-half hours of debate, the General Synod of the Church of England votes by a margin of only two votes in favour of the ordination of women priests.
Windsor Castle is badly damaged by fire on Friday, 20th November, after a spotlight ignites a curtain in the Private Chapel. It takes 250 firefighters 15 hours and 6.8 million litres of water to put out the blaze.
Three referendums are held simultaneously in Ireland on 25th November, each on a proposed amendment of the Irish constitution. The Twelfth Amendment, which proposed that the possibility of suicide was not a sufficient threat to justify an abortion, is rejected by 65% to 35%. The Thirteenth Amendment, permitting travel to obtain an abortion in another jurisdiction, is approved by 62% to 38%. The Fourteenth Amendment, permitting information about services in other countries, is approved by 60% to 40%.
On 26th November the Prime Minister, John Major, announces to the House of Commons that Queen Elizabeth II will start paying income tax in April 1993, the first time a British monarch has done so since the 1930s.
||64 people are injured on 3rd December when two IRA bombs explode in Manchester city centre. The first bomb explodes behind Kendal's department store at 8.40am. The second goes off an hour and 25 minutes later near the city's Anglican cathedral.
Violence erupts in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya on 6th December when a crowd of 200,000 Hindus attacks a local mosque.
On 9th December the British Prime Minister, John Major, announces to the House of Commons that Prince Charles and Princess Diana had agreed to separate.
On the same day, responding to pleas from the United Nations and humanitarian agencies, US President George Bush sends about 25,000 US troops (mostly marines) to Somalia to deliver food to the nation's starving.
The Sun newspaper publishes the Queen's "annus horribilis" Christmas speech on 23rd December, two days ahead of its scheduled broadcast on the BBC. The BBC carries out an investigation but the source of the leak is never discovered.
|In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
- Celine Dion
- East 17
- R. Kelly
- k.d. lang
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Marc Almond
The Days Of Pearly Spencer
- Tasmin Archer
- Nick Berry
- Björn Again
Erasure-ish (A Little Respect / Stop!)
- Charles and Eddie
Would I Lie To You
Friday I'm In Love
- Billy Ray Cyrus
Achy Breaky Heart
- Def Leppard
Let's Get Rocked
There Goes The Fear
- En Vogue
Abba-esque (EP) featuring: Lay All Your Love On Me / SOS / Take A Chance On Me / Voulez-Vous
I Can't Dance
- Inner Circle
Sweat (A La La La La Long)
God Gave Rock And Roll To You II
Please Don't Go
- Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You
- k.d. lang
- Richard Marx
- Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
- Kylie Minogue
Give Me Just A Little More Time
- Mr. Big [US band]
To Be With You
- Roy Orbison
(duet with k.d. lang)
I'm Doing Fine Now
- Ce Ce Peniston
- The Prodigy
Everybody In The Place (EP)
- Right Said Fred
- Jon Secada
Just Another Day
I Love Your Smile
- Shakespeare's Sister
Rhythm Is A Dancer
- Curtis Stigers
I Wonder Why
- Ten Sharp
- 2 Unlimited
- Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson
The Best Things In Life Are Free
- Was (Not Was)
Shake Your Head
- Wet Wet Wet
- Vanessa Williams
Save The Best For Last
One Hit Wonders
- Erma Franklin
(Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart
- Tory Amos
- Tasmin Archer
- Suzy Bogguss
Voices In The Wind
- Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Come On Come On
- Eric Clapton
Pop! The First 20 Hits
- Nanci Griffith
Late Night Grande Hotel
- Janis Ian
- k.d. lang
- Annie Lennox
- Bette Midler
For The Boys
- Prince and The New Power Generation
Automatic For The People
- Lionel Richie
Back To Front
- Wet Wet Wet
High On The Happy Side
- Lucinda Williams
Sweet Old World
|At the Movies
- Alien 3
- Basic Instinct
- Carry On Columbus
- The Crying Game
- Death Becomes Her
- La Double Vie de Véronique
- For The Boys
- Frankie And Johnny
- Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café
- Hear My Song
- Howard's End
- Husbands And Wives
- The Last Of The Mohicans
- Lethal Weapon 3
- The Lost Language Of Cranes
- Patriot Games
- Peter's Friends
- The Player
- Shadows And Fog
- Sister Act
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
- Straight Talk
- Strictly Ballroom
- Wayne's World
Tony Award for Best Musical:
Crazy For You
for Best New Musical:
- Absolutely Fabulous
- 'Allo 'Allo
(Series 8 and 9)
- The Big Breakfast
- Birds Of A Feather
- The Brittas Empire
- Desperately Seeking Roger
- Have I Got News For You (Series 3 and 4)
- In Sickness And In Health
- The Jack Dee Show
- Jeeves and Wooster
- Keeping Up Appearances
- Last Of The Summer Wine
- Men Behaving Badly
(Series 1 and 2)
- One Foot In The Grave
- Red Dwarf
- Spitting Image
(Series 15 and 16)
- Terry and Julian
- A Touch Of Frost
- Truly, Madly, Deeply
- Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast
- Waiting For God
of the Year:
Darts: Phil Taylor wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Championship for the second time.
Horse Racing: Party Politics, ridden by Carl Llewellyn, wins the Grand National.
Drum Taps, ridden by Frankie Dettori, wins the Ascot Gold Cup.
Rowing: the University of Oxford crew wins the annual Boat Race against Cambridge.
Snooker: Fred Davis retires, aged 79.
Stephen Hendry beats Jimmy White in the final of the World Snooker Championship (18-14). White wins the UK Championship, beating John Parrott in the final (16-9).
Golf: Fred Couples wins the 56th US Masters, finishing 2 strokes ahead of the 1976 champion Raymond Floyd.
Tom Kite wins the US Open at Pebble Beach, California.
Nick Faldo wins the Open Championship at Muirfield.
Football: Leeds United end the season as Champions of the Football League First Division for the third time.
Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 in the final of the FA Cup.
Cycling: Miguel Indurain wins the Tour de France for the second time.
Cricket: Pakistan defeat England by 22 runs to win the World Cup.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club drops the rule that says only Yorkshiremen can play for the County. Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott becomes the first overseas player to play for the team.
Rugby Union: England win the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship for the second year running.
Tennis: Monica Seles wins the women's singles title at the French Open for the third year in a row. Jim Courier wins the men's singles for the second time
Andre Agassi wins the men's singles title at Wimbledon, beating Goran Ivanisevic in the final in five sets.
In the women's singles final Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles 6-2, 6-1.
At the US Open there are victories for Stefan Edberg in men's singles and for Monica Seles in the women's singles.
Barcelona Olympics: the British team wins five gold medals, including a gold for sprinter Linford Christie in the Men's 100m and a gold for Sally Gunnell in the Women's 400m Hurdles.
Athletics: Steve Backley sets a new World Javelin Record (91.46m).
Motor Racing: Michael Schumacher claims his maiden Formula 1 win at the Belgian Grand Prix on 30th August.
Nigel Mansell wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship.
Derek Warwick and Martin Blundell win the Le Mans 24 hours race.
Man Booker Prize
The English Patient