Farewell Paris, Hello London!
On 11th March Lyn Paul is a guest on the radio show Bob Holness presents ... Farewell to the Paris (BBC Radio 2, 7.30pm - 9.30pm) - a celebration of the light entertainment programmes recorded at the BBC's Paris Studios during the previous six decades. Among the stars reminiscing about the good old days are: Roy Hudd, Humphrey Lyttelton, Frank Muir, Pete Murray, Denis Norden, Nicholas Parsons, Bill Pertwee, Jon Pertwee, Leslie Phillips and June Whitfield.
In October Lyn opens the Autumn Season of music hall at the famous Leeds City Varieties (best known to TV viewers as the home of The Good Old Days). Her act goes down a storm and gets rave reviews in The Stage.
"This vivacious blonde vocalist has pep and personality. She sang Hello Dolly and Baby Face, before inviting the audience to join her in a sing-along, which it did with enthusiasm."
(The Stage, 19th October 1995)
The Good Old Days,
Leeds City Varieties (promotional leaflet).
On Thursday, 7th December Lyn attends the 1995 Handicapped Children's Christmas Party at 11 Downing Street, hosted by the Chancellor of The Exchequer Kenneth Clarke.
Lyn Paul's invitation to the
1995 Handicapped Children's Christmas Party
at Number 11 Downing Street.
At Christmas Lyn forsakes the annual panto for three weeks in cabaret with Mike Berry at London's Café Royal. Recalling this time two years later in a radio interview, Lyn said:
"It was a Christmas party every night. ... It was just a wonderful time, especially being at home for Christmas. Normally I'm in pantomime and miles away."
Reviewing the opening night's show in The Times, Tony Patrick said:
"Paul's voice is warm and strong, and her sassy approach and glitzy style (spangly dress slit to the thigh) found its perfect outlet in New York, New York."
(The Times, 8th December 1995, page 37)
Lyn also gets a glowing review in The Stage. Peter Hepple describes her as "an exceptionally powerful solo artist" who puts her material across in a "dashingly extrovert manner." (The Stage, 21st December 1995).
Boy George's autobiography, Take It Like A Man, is published on 19th April. In Chapter 3 George describes how, as children, he and his brothers were sent off on their Summer holiday to a Wiltshire farm. George recalls: "The couple that looked after us were hippie types. The husband had a beard, played guitar and wore corduroy trousers, she looked like one of the New Seekers."
Boom Bang-A-Bang, a Eurovision-themed play written by Jonathan Harvey and directed by Kathy Burke, has its premier at the Bush Theatre in London from 21st July - 19th August. Although the play is not about the Eurovision Song Contest per se, the setting is a Eurovision party and the dialogue includes references to performers and songs from contests in the past, including the New Seekers and their 1972 entry Beg, Steal Or Borrow. One of the characters, Steph, even has a photo of himself as an eight-year-old boy taken with Eve Graham and her poodle!
The film Butterfly Kiss is released in the UK on 18th August, almost four months after its US release in April. Described on the Rotten Tomatoes website as "an unsettling variation on Thelma and Louise", the film stars Amanda Plummer as Eunice ("Eu") and Saskia Reeves as Miriam ("Mi"). The soundtrack features You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me by the New Seekers, which is played in the background during a scene at a motorway café. Lyn Paul can be heard singing the line 'And close their eyes, to oh so many lies', which - whether by accident or by design - encapsulates a theme of the film.
On 30th October Lyn's sister Nikki Belsher appears in episode 33 of the popular television sitcom 2 Point 4 Children (BBC1, 8.30pm), playing the part of a waitress. The series stars Belinda Lang as "Bill" Porter and Gary Oldman as her husband Ben.
|In the News - 1995
||Austria, Finland and Sweden join the European Union on 1st January, bringing the number of Member States to 15.
Fred West, who was facing 12 charges of murder, is found hanged in his cell at Winson Green prison on 1st January.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announces that the number of reported AIDS cases has passed the 1 million mark. Unofficial estimates put the figure closer to 4 million.
France restores diplomatic relations with Iraq on 6th January, following Iraq's recognition of Kuwait's borders.
On 15th January British troops call a halt to their daytime patrols on the streets of Northern Ireland.
Kobe in Japan is rocked by an earthquake on Tuesday, 17th January. 6,433 people are killed with nearly 27,000 more injured.
||On 3rd February the US space shuttle Discovery is launched on a mission to rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir. The mission is the first spaceflight for Eileen Collins, who makes 'herstory' as the first woman pilot of a Shuttle.
Riverdance: The Show, which had started out as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, opens at the Point Theatre in Dublin on 9th February.
Stephen Fry mysteriously disappears on Saturday, 18th February, leaving the cast of Cell Mates, the West End play in which he was appearing, to carry on without him. His understudy, Mark Anderson, takes over Fry's role on 20th February, with a note in the theatre programme describing Fry as "indisposed".
The US adventurer and businessman Steve Fossett becomes the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, flying from South Korea and landing in Saskatchewan, Canada on Tuesday, 21st February.
On 23rd February Algerian security forces put an end to a revolt at Serkadji Prison, which began after a failed breakout by a small group of prisoners. 4 prison guards and 96 prisoners are killed.
On 25th February Barings Bank is declared bankrupt with estimated losses of over $1 billion.
||Nick Leeson, the man responsible for the collapse of Barings Bank, is arrested at Frankfurt Airport on 2nd March. He is jailed for six years in Singapore on 2nd December.
On 7th March Governor George E. Pataki signs a bill reinstating the death penalty in New York. The bill becomes law on 1st September.
On 9th March the fishing dispute between Canada and Spain escalates when the Canadians seize a Spanish trawler at gunpoint.
On 15th March US President Bill Clinton issues Executive Order 12957, banning US investment in Iran's energy sector.
Ronnie Kray, who had been serving a life sentence for murder since 1969, dies of a heart attack on Friday, 17th March, two days after collapsing in his ward at Broadmoor Hospital.
On 17th March the Sinn Féin leader Jerry Adams attends a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House, hosted by US President Bill Clinton.
From 19th - 25th March The Queen and
The Duke of Edinburgh visit South Africa for the first time since 1947.
On 20th March 13 people are killed and more than 5,500 injured by a sarin attack in a Tokyo subway.
Forrest Gump wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 67th Academy Awards ceremony on 27th March.
||Nicholas Ingram, a 31-year-old with dual British-American nationality, is executed in the electric chair at Jackson State prison, near Atlanta, on 8th April.
On 19th April 168 people are killed when a massive bomb hidden in a rented truck is detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The bombing, perpetrated by two Iraq War veterans (Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols), is in retaliation for the bloody end to the siege of the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, two years earlier.
On the same day terrorists strike again in Japan, releasing poisonous gas on a train and in an underground passageway beneath Yokohama Station. 372 people receive hospital treatment for for coughing, sore eyes and dizziness.
At a special conference on 29th April the UK Labour Party drops Clause 4 from its constitution. This had committed the party to strive for the "common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange."
||On 6th May US President Bill Clinton issues Executive Order 12959, banning all US investment in and trade with Iran
In France it's third time lucky for Jacques Chirac, who is finally elected President on 7th May, after previous defeats in 1981 and 1988.
On Saturday, 13th May the British climber, Alison Hargreaves, becomes the second person and the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, climbing alone and without oxygen.
At the Eurovision Song Contest (held in Dublin on the same day) Secret Garden win for Norway with the song Nocturne. The UK entry, Love City Groove by Love City Groove, finishes in 10th place.
Harold Wilson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964-1970 and from 1974-1976, dies on 24th May, aged 79.
On 25th May a bill is passed in the Northern Territory of Australia which legalises euthanasia for the terminally ill.
Actor Christopher Reeve is paralysed in a horse riding accident on 27th May.
||On 7th June the Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating announces that there will be a referendum to decide the future of the Monarchy. He begins his speech to the House of Representatives by saying: "It is the Government’s view that Australia’s Head of State should be an Australian and that Australia should become a republic by the year 2001."
Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher dies of a chest infection on 14th June, aged 47, following a liver transplant.
The Queen's Birthday Honours announced on 16th June include a Knighthood for Cliff Richard, OBEs are awarded to Susan Hampshire, Saeed Jaffrey, Elaine Paige and Norman Wisdom.
On 20th June Shell abandons its plans to dump its Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
On 22nd June John Major forces a showdown with Tory Eurosceptics when he resigns as leader of the Conservative Party and challenges his opponents to "put up or shut up".
In Berlin the Reichstag building is wrapped in silver fabric. Thousands flock to witness this controversial "work of art" by Christo.
On Thursday, 29th June, 245 miles above central Asia, the American shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian space station Mir. The spacecraft remains attached for five days.
||On 4th July John Major is re-elected as Tory leader, defeating the only candidate to stand against him, John Redwood, by 218 votes to 89. On 5th July William Hague takes John Redwood's place in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales.
On 10th July the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, is released from house arrest by the military junta in Myanmar.
Bosnian Serbs take over Srebrenica on 11th July, despite its designation as a "safe area" by the United Nations. More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys are massacred.
Robbie Williams leaves Take That on 17th July.
Astronomer Alan Hale and amateur astronomer Thomas Bopp separately discover a new comet, subsequently named the Comet Hale–Bopp, on 23rd July.
Charlie Rich, the country singer best known for his hits Behind Closed Doors and The Most Beautiful Girl, dies on 25th July, aged 62.
The fighting in Chechnya comes to end. The Russians and the Chechnyans sign an accord on 30th July which guarantees the province the "broadest form of statehood" short of independence.
||The Croatian Army launches Operation Storm on 4th August, an offensive to retake the Krajina region, which had been controlled by separatist ethnic Serbs since early 1991.
A memorial service is held in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6th August, the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing. At precisely 8.15am - a half-century to the minute after the bomb was dropped over the city - bells ring and sirens wail. During the service the city's mayor, Takashi Hiraoka, says: "As long as nuclear weapons exist, it is inevitable that some country, at some point, will experience the horror that Hiroshima and Nagasaki already know."
Licensing (Sunday Hours) Act 1995 comes into force on 6th August, allowing pubs to open from noon until 10.30pm on Sundays, other than Christmas Day, and on Good Friday.
The "Battle of Brit Pop" begins on Monday, 14th August when rival bands Blur and Oasis both release singles on the same day. It ends on Sunday, 20th August when the new singles chart is announced: Blur's single Country House claims the number 1 spot, outselling Roll With It by Oasis by 58,000 copies.
On 16th August Bermuda votes to remain a British colony.
On 17th August China announces that it had exploded a nuclear bomb in an underground test, its second in three months.
On 30th August NATO forces launch Operation Deliberate Force, an air campaign lasting two-and-a-half weeks, which drops bombs on targets in Serb-held Bosnia and Herzegovina.
||The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which had been established in 1983 and had begun inducting artists in 1986, finally has a home. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum building in Cleveland, the city where disc jockey Alan Freed had coined the term "rock and roll", is dedicated on 1st September. The following night a concert is held at Cleveland Stadium, featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen, among many others.
On 3rd September computer programmer Pierre Omidyar launches AuctionWeb, an online marketplace that later changes its name to eBay.
On 8th September David Trimble succeeds James Molyneaux as leader of the Ulster Unionists.
Elections are held in Hong Kong for a new Legislative Council on 17th September.
On 19th September The Washington Post and The New York Times publish a 35,000-word essay (or manifesto) by the so called ‘Unabomber’, the unidentified mastermind behind a 17-year-long bombing campaign in the USA. In return for its publication the anonymous author pledges to "desist from terrorism".
On 28th September the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, sign an accord agreeing phase 2 of the Israelis' withdrawal from the West Bank.
||The 10th anniversary Farm Aid concert takes place in Louisville, Kentucky on 1st October.
On 3rd October O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Sir Alec Douglas-Home dies on 9th October, aged 92.
On 10th October the Israeli government releases Palestinian prisoners and begins to withdraw troops from the West Bank.
The Grand Ole Opry celebrates its 70th anniversary with four days of special events from 12th - 15th October, including a Bluegrass Special on 13th October hosted by the "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe.
The "Million Man March" takes place in Washington on 16th October.
On the same day the show business accountant Keith Moore is jailed for six years for stealing £6 million from rock superstar Sting.
Red Rum, winner of the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, dies on Wednesday, 18th October, at the age of 30. The champion racehorse is buried by the winning post at Aintree.
On 25th October Cliff Richard goes to Buckingham Palace to receive his Knighthood.
||The Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated on 4th November after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv. He is shot at close range by a 25-year-old law student, Yigal Amir, who tells police: “I acted alone on God’s orders and I have no regrets.”
Human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa is executed in Nigeria on 10th November. On 11th November Nigeria's membership of the Commonwealth is suspended.
An Essex teenager, Leah Betts, dies on 16th November, three days after taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party.
Alan Hull of Lindisfarne dies of a heart attack on 18th November, aged 50.
The Princess of Wales admits to an adulterous affair with her riding instructor James Hewitt in a Panorama interview with Martin Bashir broadcast on Monday, 20th November.
On Wednesday, 22nd November, after a 31-day trial, Rosemary West is sentenced to 10 terms of life imprisonment for the murder of nine young women, including her daughter Heather and stepdaughter Charmaine.
In a referendum held in Ireland on 24th November, 50.28% vote for the legalisation of divorce.
On 30th November Bill Clinton becomes the first serving US president to visit
||France is brought to a standstill by strikers protesting at government plans to cut welfare spending. Railway workers, who began a national strike on 24th November, are joined by staff on the Paris Metro, by postal workers, school teachers and workers in other public services. By 4th December workers in banks and insurance companies had also joined the strike.
On Friday, 8th December a Headmaster, Philip Lawrence, is stabbed to death when he intervenes in a fight outside his school in Maida Vale, west London.
The death in police custody of Wayne Douglas on 5th December sparks riots on the streets of Brixton on Wednesday, 13th December. 3 policemen are injured; 23 people are arrested.
Following 21 days of negotiation, the leaders of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia sign the Dayton peace accord in Paris on Thursday, 14th December, bringing to an end three-and-a-half years of conflict in the Balkans.
The strikes that had paralysed France are called off on 15th December after the Prime Minister Alain Juppé makes a number of concessions, abandoning his plans to restructure the SNCF and to increase the amount of time public service employees must work to qualify for a full pension.
On 20th December Buckingham Palace announces that The Queen had written to Prince Charles and Princess Diana advising them to get divorced.
Dean Martin dies on Christmas Day, aged 78. His tombstone is engraved with the words "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."
|In the Charts
UK Chart débuts
- Backstreet Boys
- Foo Fighters
- Alanis Morissette
|UK Best-selling Singles
- Bryan Adams
Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
- The Beatles
Free As A Bird
It's Oh So Quiet
- Boo Radleys
Wake Up Boo!
- Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton
Love Can Build A Bridge
- Edwyn Collins
A Girl Like You
Gangsta's Paradise (from the film 'Dangerous Minds')
- Def Leppard
When Love & Hate Collide
You Gotta Be (Remix)
- Celine Dion
- Everything But The Girl
- Freak Power
Turn On Tune In Cop Out (Re-issue)
- Nicki French
Total Eclipse Of The Heart
- Green Day
Basket Case (Re-issue)
- Michael Jackson
- Michael Jackson
You Are Not Alone
- Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
- Diana King
- Annie Lennox
No More "I Love Yous"
- Livin' Joy
- McAlmont & Butler
Set You Free
Roll With It
Some Might Say
- Outhere Brothers
Boom Boom Boom
- Outhere Brothers
Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)
- Perez 'Prez' Prado and his Orchestra
- Quartz Lock
featuring Lonnie Gordon
Cotton Eye Joe
I'll Be There For You
(Theme from Friends)
- Robson and Jerome
I Believe / Up On The Roof
- Robson and Jerome
Unchained Melody / (There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover
- Scatman John
Kiss From A Rose / I'm Alive (from the film 'Batman Forever')
- Simply Red
- Smokie featuring Roy 'Chubby' Brown
Who the F**k Is Alice
All Right / Time
- 20 Fingers
Short Short Man (Short Dick Man)
- Take That
Back For Good
- Take That
- Zig and Zag
Them Girls Them Girls
One Hit Wonders
- The Connells
- Love City Groove
Love City Groove
[Eurovision Song Contest:
- Black Grape
It’s Great When You’re Straight... Yeah
- Vince Gill
- Green Day
- Emmylou Harris
- Janis Ian
- Chris Isaak
- Elton John
Made In England
- Alison Krauss
Now That I've Found You: A Collection
- Annie Lennox
- The Mavericks
Music For All Occasions
- Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill
(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
- John Prine
Lost Dogs And Mixed Blessings
- Simply Red
|At the Movies
- Apollo 13
- Batman Forever
- Dumb And Dumber
- Golden Eye
- Mr. Holland's Opus
- Muriel's Wedding
- 101 Dalmatians
- Star Trek: Generations
- While You Were Sleeping
Tony Award for Best Musical:
for Best New Musical:
Once On This Island
- Absolutely Fabulous
- Bruce's Price Is Right
- Due South
- Father Ted
- Game On
- Hamish Macbeth
- Keeping Up Appearances
- Last Of The Summer Wine
(Series 16 and 17)
- Men Behaving Badly
- The Mrs. Merton Show
(Series 1 and 2)
- One Foot In The Grave
interview with Princess Diana
- Pride And Prejudice
- The Thin Blue Line
of the Year:
Darts: the 1994 runner-up and two-time BDO Champion Phil Taylor wins the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship. He beats Rod Harrington in the final, 6-2.
Richie Burnett wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.
Rugby Union: England win the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship.
South Africa win the World Cup, beating New Zealand 15-12 in the final. Nelson Mandela presents the trophy to Francois Pienaar to the delight of ecstatic South African fans.
Rowing: the University of Cambridge crew wins the annual Boat Race against Oxford by four lengths.
Horse Racing: Royal Athlete, ridden by Jason Titley, wins the Grand National.
Classic Cliche ridden by Frankie Dettori, wins the St. Leger Stakes.
Snooker: Stephen Hendry is the World Snooker Champion for the 4th year in a row and the UK Champion for the second year in a row. He beats Nigel Bond 18-9 in the final of the World Championship and beats Peter Ebdon 10-3 in the UK final.
Golf: Ben Crenshaw wins the US Masters for the second time, finishing 1 stroke ahead of the runner-up, Davis Love III.
Corey Pavin wins the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York, 2 strokes ahead of Greg Norman.
The European team wins the Ryder Cup for the third time, beating the United States on home soil (Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York) by a margin of just one point.
Football: Eric Cantona is banned from playing for nine months for a kung-fu attack on a spectator.
Blackburn Rovers end the season as Premier League Champions.
Everton beat Manchester United 1-0 in the final of the FA Cup.
Cycling: Miguel Indurain wins the Tour de France for the fifth time.
Tennis: Pete Sampras wins the men's singles title at Wimbledon for the third time in a row. He beats Boris Becker in four sets (6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2). Becker, who first won the title himself in 1985, appears in the final for the seventh and last time. Sampras also wins the men's singles title at the US Open.
In the Wimbledon women's singles final Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in three sets (4-6, 6-1, 7-5). Graf also wins the women's singles titles at the French Open and the US Open.
Athletics: In Gothenburg on 7th August Jonathan Edwards sets a new world record in the men's triple jump (18.29m).
Three days later Inessa Kravets does the same in the women's triple jump, setting a new world record of 15.50m.
Boxing: Frank Bruno wins the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.
Motor Racing: Michael Schumacher wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship for the second year in a row.
Man Booker Prize
The Ghost Road