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Blood Brothers (programme cover).

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Blood Brothers, Aberdeen 1997.

James Hirst,
Nicholas Hart and
Lyn Paul
at HM Theatre,
June 4th 1997,
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Aberdeen Journals Ltd.
© Copyright
Photograph by
Ian Dawson.

Blood Brothers, Swansea 1997.

Lyn Paul,
Nicholas Hart
and James Hirst
Blood Brothers
at the Grand Theatre,
June 20th 1997,
South Wales
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Blood Brothers
at the Theatre Royal,
September 4th 1997,
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I'd Like To Teach
The World To Sing

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Blood Brothers

The New Seekers' Fan Club Biogram of 1972 had said that Lyn Paul "looks forward to being in a stage musical and fancies buying herself a Lotus Europe." Twenty-five years later her wish to be in a stage musical comes true when theatre producer Bill Kenwright offers her the role of Mrs. Johnstone in his production of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.

"I had always wanted to act, but music had been my life, so it had never occurred to me. It was only when someone said I should go for that role - Mrs. Johnstone is a very northern, gritty role and I'm a northern woman, so it was something I could relate to - that I talked to my mum about it and she said, 'Well, write to the show's producer Bill Kenwright'.

So I actually wrote to him and asked him for the role. He replied by return post and two weeks later I was standing on a stage in the West End starting rehearsals. I can't tell you how nerve-wracking that was. I suddenly thought, 'How stupid. I don't even know if I can do this'. Mrs. Johnstone was the first time that I had done any musical theatre. I wish now that I had started acting years ago."
(Evening News, Friday, 13th April 2007)

In a radio interview with David Jensen in 2006, Lyn recalled her first night nerves: "I remember walking on stage and thinking: 'Oh my God, what if I can't do this?'" (From The Bottom To The Top, Capital Gold). Barbara Dickson, who had played Mrs. Johnstone in the original 1983 production of Blood Brothers, experienced similar feelings when she first took on the role:

"Every rational part of my mind was telling me to say 'No, I just can't do this'... Fear of failure is a very powerful emotion and never had I felt it as keenly as I did then." (A Shirt Box Full Of Songs, pages 170-173)

Following a three-week run in the West End, Lyn Paul joins the UK touring production of Blood Brothers. As the show travels round the country, Lyn's fears prove unfounded - wherever she goes, she gets rave reviews.

Theatre Royal, Norwich
5th - 17th May 1997

"Every aspect of her portrayal speaks of settled assurance and poise ... and through a voice which itself provides its own radiant follow spot, we share through Lyn Paul's portrayal all a mother's hopes and anguishes and final bitter tears."
Eastern Daily Press

"Lyn Paul ... is brilliant as Mrs. Johnstone." Evening News

New Theatre, Hull

19th - 31st May 1997

"If you have not already booked a seat judging by last night's standing ovations, you may find great difficulty getting one." Hull Daily Mail

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
2nd - 14th June 1997

"Lyn Paul held it all together with a virtuoso performance.
It was her central role as Mrs. Johnstone which provided the heart and guts for this 14-year-old musical.
The eye was constantly drawn to her as she was transformed from a dance-loving teenager to a 25 year old mother-of-seven to a slightly bowed but undefeated granny." Aberdeen Evening Express

Grand Theatre, Swansea

16th - 28th June 1997

"Lyn Paul showed a wonderful vocal talent in the role of Mrs. Johnstone.
Her closing rendition of Tell Me Its Not True ... was almost too moving to bear." South Wales Evening Post

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

30th June - 12th July 1997

"Lyn Paul ... puts enormous energy and feeling into her role ... The songs - of which the best known are "Marilyn Monroe" and "Tell Me Its Not True" - are delivered superbly, principally by Lyn Paul." Medway News

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

14th July - 2nd August 1997

"It was left to Miss Paul to deliver the vital knockout punch. Her astonishing vocal range and luminous stage presence combined to glorious effect in stand out numbers Tell Me It's Not True and Marilyn Monroe." The Advertiser

"Lyn Paul ... gave an emotionally-charged performance as Mrs. Johnstone ... Miss Paul demonstrated a wonderful voice and great acting ability. Her delivery of Tell Me Its Not True was one of the most moving pieces of theatre I've ever seen." News & Mail

"But the revelation is Lyn Paul as the long suffering mother, Mrs. Johnstone, who keeps battling and is ever optimistic that she can make something of her life. Forget the fact that Lyn was once a pop singer and part of the New Seekers. Here she proves herself to be a great theatrical performer too. She is every bit as good as others who have played this part (and as they have included Barbara Dickson and Kiki Dee that is saying something). She sings and acts so well that I am surprised that she has not appeared more often in musicals." Theatreworld Internet Magazine

The Hexagon, Reading

25th - 30th August 1997

"Lyn steals the show as tearful mum"
Reading Chronicle

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

1st - 13th September 1997

"Lyn Paul not only delivers her songs superbly ... but also has the full measure of Mrs. Johnstone's complex character, loving but cynical, hardened by her experiences but persistently optimistic, and aging brilliantly."
Evening Herald

Hippodrome, Bristol

15th - 20th September 1997

"Star of the show is Lyn Paul who won fame as a singer with the New Seekers in the '70s and now proves she can act too."
Bristol Evening Post

Before embarking on the tour, Lyn is interviewed a couple of times on the radio (including an appearance on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4). She talks candidly about her career and about getting the part of Mrs. Johnstone:

"The worst part of the tour is actually leaving home because I have not been away from my husband and my son before ... But it's a small price to pay to be doing this show ... It really is the show to end shows for me. I've always wanted to do it."

Following the tour, Lyn returns to the West End cast of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre. A review in The Scotsman (20th December 1997) highlights Lyn's performance: "Backed by an excellent cast, Lyn Paul gives a terrific performance in the central role."

Up. Down.


In January, twenty-five years after the New Seekers hit the number 1 spot with I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, the song enters the singles chart again - a hit on this occasion for No way sis, who parody the song Oasis-style and take it to number 25.

In the Autumn another parody enters the chart. This time it's a band from San José called Smash Mouth, whose début hit, Walkin' On The Sun, has a gentle dig at I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and the Coca-Cola jingle from which it was derived.

"It ain't no joke
I'd like to buy the world a toke
And teach the world to sing in perfect harmony
And teach the world to snuff the fires and the liars ..."

Ironically, this snippet from Walkin' On The Sun itself ends up in a TV commercial for the Ford Fiesta.

During the Summer Lyn Paul's sister Nikki Belsher appears at the Opera House, Blackpool in Oh What A Night, starring Kid Creole. Writing about the show in The Sun, Garry Bushell comments: "Stand-outs? Mark Walker as Rik and Nikki Belsher as Candi. Bernie Nolan has a great voice too." (The Sun, 30th August, page 24)


Up. Down.

In the News - 1997
Jan Lone yachtsman Tony Bullimore, one of the participants in the Vendée Globe race, is rescued from the upturned hull of his boat on Thursday, 9th January, five days after it capsized in the Southern Ocean.

Nicola Horlick, dubbed "Superwoman" by the UK press, is suspended from her £1 million a year job with Morgan Grenfell. on 14th January. She resigns two days later.

On 15th January, whilst on a visit to Angola, Diana, Princess of Wales calls for an international ban on landmines.

'Colonel' Tom Parker, who had been Elvis Presley's manager, dies on 21st January, aged 87.

Protesters obstructing work on the extension of the A30 at Fairmile in Devon are evicted from their tunnels on 31st January, after a week underground.

Feb An English nanny, Louise Woodward, is arrested in Boston on Wednesday, 5th February and charged with assaulting Matthew Eappen, the baby she was employed to care for.

On 6th February Diane Blood wins the right to be inseminated with her dead husband's sperm. The Court of Appeal rules that she may seek fertility treatment within the European Community, though not in the UK.

Brian Connolly, lead singer of Sweet, dies on 10th February, aged 51.

China's leader, Deng Xiaoping, dies on 19th February, aged 92.

Three men - James Robinson, Michael Hickey and his cousin Vincent - who had been jailed in 1979 for the murder of 13-year-old paperboy Carl Bridgewater are released from prison on 21st February, after the Court of Appeal rules that their convictions were unsafe.

On 22nd February scientists in Scotland announce the birth of Dolly the sheep, the world's first successfully cloned mammal. Dolly had been born at the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh on 5th July 1996.

Mar The rapper Notorious B.I.G. is murdered in Los Angeles on 9th March.

The English Patient wins the Oscar for Best Picture at the 69th Academy Awards ceremony on 24th March.

Harold Melvin, best known for his '70s hits with the Bluenotes, including If You Don't Know Me By Now, (1973), The Love I Lost (1974) and Don't Leave Me This Way (1977), dies on the same day, aged 57.

39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult (21 women and 18 men) commit suicide in San Diego, California. Police discover their dead bodies on 26th March.

In the UK a new TV station, Channel 5, takes to the air on Sunday, 30th March.

Apr The US space shuttle Columbia returns home 12 days early on 6th April due of a defective fuel cell.

The American songwriter, singer, and pianist Laura Nyro, who wrote hits for Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Fifth Dimension, Peter, Paul and Mary, Barbra Streisand and Three Dog Night, dies of ovarian cancer on 8th April, aged 49.

On the same day Conservatives in the constituency of Tatton meet to decide upon their candidate for the forthcoming general election. Despite a large number of abstentions and votes against him, the current MP Neil Hamilton, who has been at the centre of a "cash for questions" scandal, is re-selected as the Tory candidate.

On Saturday, 12th April Pope John Paul II begins a two-day visit to the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo. Police discover 20 anti-tank mines under a bridge between the airport and the city hours before he arrives.

Troops storm the Japanese embassy in Peru on 22nd April, bringing to an end a four-month siege of the building by anti-government rebels.

May On 2nd May the UK has a Labour government for the first time in 18 years. Tony Blair is the new Prime Minister.
Martin Bell, former war correspondent for the BBC, defeats Neil Hamilton in the election and duly becomes MP for Tatton. Former Defence Secretary Michael Portillo loses his seat in Enfield Southgate. Other Tory casualties include Norman Lamont and David Mellor.

On 3rd May Katrina & The Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with the song Love Shine A Light. Marc Roberts, representing Ireland, finishes in second place with the song Mysterious Woman.

Four days after Labour's landslide election win the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, announces that he is giving the Bank of England the freedom to control monetary policy without political interference.

Mobutu Sese Seko, dictator of Zaire for 32 years, flees the country on 16th May. He dies in exile in Rabat, Morocco on 7th September, aged 66.

On 19th May Tory MP Ann Widdecombe launches a fierce verbal attack on her former boss, Michael Howard, so ruining his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party.

The singer Jeff Buckley dies on 29th May, aged 30, in a swimming accident in the Mississippi.

On 29th May US President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton arrive in the UK at the end of a European tour, which included a NATO Summit Meeting in Paris and a US-EU Summit Meeting in The Hague.

June On 2nd June Timothy McVeigh is convicted of planning and planting the bomb that killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995. On 14th August he is formally sentenced to death by District Judge Richard P. Matsch.

Noel Gallagher of Oasis marries Meg Mathews in Las Vegas on 5th June. The ceremony takes place at the Little Church Of The West, where Elvis Presley had married Priscilla.

A modern reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, the Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, opens on the south bank of the River Thames in London on 12th June.

William Hague becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party on 19th June.

On 20th June former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken abandons his libel action against The Guardian newspaper and Granada Television.

Seventy-nine dresses and ballgowns from the wardrobe of Diana, Princess of Wales are auctioned in New York by Christies on Wednesday, 25th June, raising $5 million for charity.

The underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau dies on the same day, aged 87.

At the stroke of midnight on 30th June the British formally hand back Hong Kong to China, so ending 156 years of colonial rule.

J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is published on 30th June, with a first print run of 500 copies.

July Following its aborted two-week mission in April, the space shuttle Columbia is re-launched on 1st July. This time the shuttle returns to earth on 17th July as planned.

The Pathfinder probe lands on Mars on 4th July.

Fashion designer Gianni Versace is murdered on Thursday, 15th July outside his home in Miami's South Beach. Mourners joining friends and close family in Milan for a Mass in his memory on 22nd July include Diana, Princess of Wales, Elton John and Sting. Versace's murderer Andrew Cunahan kills himself on 25th July following a police siege.

The IRA declares a cease-fire, starting at noon on 20th July.

On 25th July Pol Pot is reportedly put on trial by his former comrades in the Khmer Rouge and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Aug A million people turn up at New York's Central Park on 7th August for a concert by country superstar Garth Brooks. Another 14.6 million watch the show live on TV.

On 25th August the former East German leader, Egon Krenz, is convicted on four specimen charges of incitement to manslaughter and sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.

On 27th August the Sirocco roller coaster at the Walibi theme park in Wavre, Belgium, comes grinding to a halt, leaving thrill seekers hanging upside down for 90 minutes. Nine people are taken to hospital but none are seriously injured.

On 29th August in Scotts Valley, California, entrepreneurs Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph found Netflix, on online DVD-rental service intended as a to rival Blockbuster.

On Sunday, 31st August the world wakes up to the news that Diana, Princess of Wales has been killed in a car accident in Paris. Dodi Fayed and the driver of the car, Henri Paul, are also killed in the crash.

Sep Spectator columnist Jeffrey Bernard dies on 4th September, aged 65. Graham Lord, author of the play Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell is barred by Bernard's family from attending his funeral.

Five people are killed and more than 150 injured on 4th September in three suicide bomb attacks on Ben Yehuda Street, a pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. Hamas claims responsibility.

Mother Teresa dies on 5th September, aged 87.

The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place on Saturday, 6th September after a week of unprecedented public mourning. After the funeral Diana's body is buried in the grounds of Althorp, Northamptonshire.

In the devolution referendum held in Scotland on Thursday, 11th September 74.29% agree there should be a Scottish Parliament. 63.48% agree that a Scottish Parliament should have tax-varying powers.

ABBA's producer Stig Anderson dies of a heart attack on 12th September, aged 66.

On 14th September Pete Townshend unveils an English Heritage blue plaque at 23 Brook Street in London's Mayfair, where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-69.

On Friday, 19th September an Intercity 125 travelling from Swansea to Paddington crashes into an empty freight train at Southall. Six people are killed and more than 150 injured.

On 25th September Andy Green sets a new land-speed record in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, reaching a speed of 714.144 miles per hour (1,149.303 km/h) in the British jet-powered Thrust supersonic car (ThrustSSC). He breaks the record again on 15th October, reaching a speed of 763.035 miles per hour (1,227.986 km/h).

On Monday, 29th September Nature magazine publishes the results of studies that proved the link between "mad cow" disease (BSE) and human brain disease (variant CJD).

Oct On 10th October the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded jointly to the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and to its coordinator, Jody Williams.

John Denver dies on 12th October when the light aircraft he is piloting crashes into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

On 13th October Tony Blair meets Gerry Adams in Belfast. It is the first meeting between a British Prime Minister and a member of Sinn Féin for 76 years.

The Lion King, a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, opens on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 15th October.

The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opens in Bilbau on Sunday, 19th October.

On Tuesday, 21st October the Guinness Book Of Records declares that, with sales exceeding 31.8 million in just 37 days, Candle In The Wind 97 by Elton John is the biggest-selling single of all time.

Nov British nanny Louise Woodward, who on 31st October had been found guilty by a Boston Court of murdering baby Matthew Eappen, has her conviction reduced to manslaughter. Her jail sentence is reduced to the 279 days she had already served and she is allowed to return home to Cheshire.

On 7th November the Spice Girls sack their manager, Simon Fuller.

68 tourists, most of them Japanese and Swiss, are killed in Luxor, Egypt on Monday, 17th November, when Islamic extremists open fire on a bus taking them to visit the temple of Hatshepsut.

Gary Glitter is arrested on Tuesday, 18th November on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

On Saturday, 22nd November the body of INXS singer Michael Hutchence is found hanging from the door of his Sydney hotel bedroom.

Speculation that Humphrey the cat, a former stray-resident of 10 Downing Street, had been put down is put to an end on 24th November when a photographer is dispatched to the suburbs of south east London to take pictures of the cat in his new home.

Dec On 3rd December the House of Commons' Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport, chaired by Gerald Kaufman, submits a damning report on the mismanagement of London's Royal Opera House. Amongst its principal conclusions and recommendations, the Report states: "There is no future for the Royal Opera House unless someone accepts responsibility for the sorry train of events we have described."

On the same day the UK government bans the sale of beef on the bone.

On Thursday, 10th December the Scottish Secretary, Donald Dewar, announces plans for Scotland to have its own National Assembly by 2000 - the country's first national parliament for three centuries.

Having been tried in absentia in June 1992, the Venezuelan-born terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal" is put on trial in person on 12th December, charged with the 1975 murders of the two police agents and a Lebanese informer. On 27th December he is found guilty again and sentenced for a second time to life imprisonment.

The Getty Center, in Brentwood, Los Angeles opens on 16th December.

The Conservative Party leader, William Hague, marries Ffion Jenkins on 19th December.

104 people are killed on the same day when a SilkAir Boeing 737 flying from Indonesia to Singapore crashes into a jungle river in Palembang. A report published by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) a year later concludes that the pilot, Tsu Way Ming, had intentionally put the plane into a dive.

On 24th December William Straw, the 17-year-old son of Home Secretary Jack Straw, is cautioned by police for selling cannabis to a journalist.

Billy Wright, the Loyalist leader known as "King Rat", is murdered in the Maze prison on Saturday, 27th December by three members of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Bores of the year, according to The Times, are the Spice Girls ("tarty and dull") and Christine and Neil Hamilton. DJ Chris Evans is The Times' "Ugly bloke of the year." The Spice Girls also come top of Richard Blackwell's Ten Worst Dressed Women of 1997 list, released on 13th January 1998 - "the only spices on the planet that have no taste."

On 31st December Microsoft buys Hotmail, the webmail service developed by two former Apple employees, in a deal worth a reported $500m.


In the Charts

UK Chart débuts

5, 6, 7, 8 (CD cover).

  • All Saints
  • Daft Punk
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Five
  • Hanson
  • Ricky Martin
  • Puff Daddy
  • Savage Garden
  • Smash Mouth
  • Steps
  • Stereophonics
  • Travis

UK Best-selling Singles

Love Shine A Light (single cover).

  • All Saints
    Never Ever

  • Shola Ama
    You Might Need Somebody

  • Tori Amos
    Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)

  • Peter Andre

  • Peter Andre
    I Feel You

  • Peter Andre
    featuring Bubbler Ranx

    Mysterious Girl

  • Aqua
    Barbie Girl

  • Babyface featuring Stevie Wonder
    How Come, How Long

  • Backstreet Boys
    Anywhere For You

  • Backstreet Boys
    As Long As You Love Me

  • Backstreet Boys
    Everybody (Backstreet's Back)

  • Backstreet Boys
    Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)

  • Gary Barlow
    Love Won't Wait

  • Boyzone
    Baby Can I Hold You / Shooting Star (from the film 'Hercules')

  • Boyzone
    Isn't It A Wonder

  • Boyzone
    Picture Of You (from the film 'Bean: The Movie')

  • Brand New Heavies
    You've Got A Friend

  • Cardigans
    Lovefool (Re-issue - from the film 'Romeo and Juliet')

  • Chemical Brothers
    Block Rockin' Beats

  • Chumbawamba

  • Damage
    Wonderful Tonight

  • En Vogue
    Don't Let Go (Love)

  • Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
    I Wanna Be The Only One

  • Hanson

  • Natalie Imbruglia

  • Elton John
    Candle In The Wind 97

  • Katrina and The Waves
    Love Shine A Light [Eurovision Song Contest Winner]

  • R. Kelly
    I Believe I Can Fly

  • Kula Shaker

  • LL Cool J
    Ain't Nobody
    (from the film 'Beavis and Butthead Do America')

  • Ricky Martin
    Un, Dos, Tres, Maria

  • No Doubt
    Don't Speak

  • Orbital
    Satan Live
  • Orbital
    The Saint
  • Oasis
    D'You Know What I Mean?
  • Puff Daddy and Faith Evans (featuring 112)
    I'll Be Missing You (Tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.)

  • Savage Garden
    I Want You

  • Will Smith
    Men In Black (from the film 'Men In Black')

  • Spice Girls
    Spice Up Your Life

  • Steps

  • Barbra Streisand / Celine Dion
    Tell Him

  • Various Artists
    Perfect Day

  • The Verve
    Bitter Sweet Symphony

  • The Verve
    The Drugs Don't Work

  • Robbie Williams

  • Robbie Williams
    Old Before I Die

Angels (CD cover).

One Hit Wonders
  • Teletubbies
    Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh

Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh (CD cover).

Hit Albums

Drag (CD cover).

  • Matraca Berg
    Sunday Morning To Saturday Night

  • Blur

  • Eva Cassidy
    Eva By Heart

  • Beth Nielson Chapman
    Sand And Water

  • Depeche Mode

  • Celine Dion
    Let's Talk About Love

  • Nanci Griffith
    Blue Roses From The Moon

  • Natalie Imbruglia
    Left Of The Middle

  • k.d. lang

  • No Doubt
    Tragic Kingdom

  • Oasis
    Be Here Now

  • Ocean Colour Scene
    B-sides - Seasides and Firesides

  • The Prodigy
    The Fat Of The Land

  • Radiohead
    OK Computer

  • Kim Richey
    Bitter Sweet

  • Spice Girls

  • Shania Twain
    Come On Over

  • U2

  • Verve
    Urban Hymns

  • Chely Wright
    Single White Female

  • Robbie Williams
    Life Thru A Lens

Come On Over (CD cover).

At the Movies
  • Batman & Robin
  • Bean
  • The English Patient
  • Everybody Says I Love You (Woody Allen)
  • The Full Monty
  • L.A. Confidential
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Love! Valour! Compassion!
  • Men In Black
  • Mrs. Brown
  • My Best Friend's Wedding
  • Romeo And Juliet
  • That Old Feeling
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Wilde

On Stage

Tony Award for Best Musical:

Olivier Award
for Best New Musical:
Martin Guerre

'Martin Guerre'

On Television
  • Ally McBeal

  • BBC News 24
  • Birds Of A Feather
    (Series 7)

  • The Brittas Empire
    (Series 7)

  • Clampers
  • Driving School
  • Fortunes And Misfortunes Of Moll Flanders
  • Full Circle (Michael Palin)
  • Ground Force
  • Have I Got News For You (Series 13 and 14)
  • Hotel
  • It's Not Unusual
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Last Of The Summer Wine
    (Series 18)

  • The Lily Savage Show
  • Mastermind
    (last episode)

  • Men Behaving Badly
    (Series 6)

  • Midsomer Murders (Series 1)
  • The Mrs. Merton Show
    (Series 3 and 4)

  • Night Fever
  • A Question Of Sport
    (Sue Barker)

  • Roseanne
    (last episode)

  • Ruby Wax Meets...
  • South Park
  • Teletubbies
  • This Life
    (Series 2)

  • Xena: Warrior Princess

Sporting Heroes

BBC Sport

Sports Personality
of the Year:
Greg Rusedski

Darts: Phil Taylor wins the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) World Championship for the third time, beating Dennis Priestley in the final (6-3) of for the second year in a row.
Les Wallace wins the British Darts Organisation (BDO) World Darts Championship.

Rugby Union: France win the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship.

Rowing: the University of Cambridge crew wins the annual Boat Race against Oxford in a time of 17 minutes and 38 seconds.

Horse Racing: the 150th Grand National is postponed for two days after a Provisional IRA bomb alert. The race is won by Lord Gyllene, ridden by Tony Dobbin.

Snooker: Stephen Hendry loses the final of the World Snooker Championship to Ken Doherty (18-12).
Hendry also loses in the final of the UK Championship, going down 10-6 to Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Golf: Tiger Woods, entering his first major tournament as a professional, wins the US Masters at Augusta. He achieves the lowest total (270) and the largest margin of victory (12 holes) ever recorded at the Masters.
Ernie Els wins the US Open for the second time. Colin Montgomerie is runner-up, as he was when Els first won the title in 1994.
Justin Leonard wins the British Open at Royal Troon.
The European team, captained by Seve Ballesteros, retains the Ryder Cup, beating the United States at Valderrama by one point.

Football: Manchester United win the FA Carling Premier League Championship for the second year in a row.
Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in the final of the FA Cup.

Cycling: Jan Ullrich wins the Tour de France.

Boxing: in a WBA Heavyweight Championship match against Evander Holyfield on 28th June former champion Mike Tyson is disqualified for biting a piece from his opponent's ear.

Tennis: Martina Hingis wins the women's singles title at Wimbledon, beating Jana Novotna in the final (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).
Pete Sampras reclaims the men's singles title, beating Cedric Pioline in the final (6-4, 6-2, 6-4).
At the US Open Pat Rafter beats Greg Rusedski in the men's singles final; Hingis beats Venus Williams in the women's final.

Athletics: Wilson Kipketer sets a new World Record in the men's 800m (1:41.11).

Motor Racing: Jacques Villeneuve wins the Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship despite Michael Schumacher's attempt to ram him off the race track at the Spanish Grand Prix.


Man Booker Prize

Arundhati Roy
The God Of
Small Things

Jim Crace

Mike Jackson
The Underground Man

Bernard MacLaverty
Grace Notes

Tim Parks

Madelaine St. John
The Essence
Of The Thing

Orange Prize
for Fiction

Anne Michaels
Fugitive Pieces

Margaret Atwood
Alias Grace

Deirdre Madden
One By One
In The Darkness

Jane Mendelsohn
I Was
Amelia Earhart

E. Annie Proulx
Accordion Crimes

Manda Scott
Hen's Teeth

Postcard from 1997.

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Who said that?

Aim High

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
Helen Keller

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the earth.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Mary Kay Ash

If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory.
William Hazlitt

Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare, 'Measure For Measure' (Act I, Scene IV)

Time To Take A Chance

Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell.
Peter Brock

Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
Jimmy Carter

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James Bryant Conant

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

He that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
Thomas Fuller

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Gagehot

To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without danger, is as impossible as it is to live without being born.
A. P. Gouthey

Do not fear to step into the unknown For where there is risk, there is also reward.
Lori Hard

... before the parade passes you by you have to take a second chance. And there are second chances.
Jerry Herman

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
Henry James

Nothing is worse in life than a missed opportunity or an unfulfilled dream.
Rob Rosen

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare, 'Hamlet' (Act IV, Scene V)

We must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
William Shakespeare, 'Julius Caesar' (Act IV, Scene III)

The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.

The bottom line is if you take a chance in life sometimes good things happen, sometimes bad things happen but, honey, if you don't take a chance, nothing happens.
Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), 'The Golden Girls'


A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
Sydney Smith

Talent Spotting

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognise ability.
Robert Half

It is better to be looked over, than overlooked.
Mae West


The theatre must be treated with respect; it is a place of strange enchantment, a temple of dreams; what it most emphatically is not is a scruffy ill-lit hall serving as a temporary platform for political or social propaganda.
Noël Coward

The aspirin of the middle classes.
Wolcott Gibbs

You need three things in the theatre - the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.
Kenneth Haigh

What should the theatre be? The theatre should be full.
Giuseppe Verdi

Theatrical Producers

There are, in general, two types of theatrical producers. One has a great many wealthy friends who will risk a tax-deductable loss. This type is interested in art. The other is one to whom each production means potential ruin or fortune. This type is out to make a buck.
George Sanders (as Addison DeWitt), 'All About Eve'

Word of the Year

Millennium bug
American Dialect Society (ADS) Word of the Year 1997

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