Let all the children boogie

Everyone should have a favourite David Bowie track. This one's mine:


I've often thought we needed a word to describe someone (usually famous) dying whom, until you heard the sad news, you wrongly believed died years ago. From now on, I'm going to call it ‘bilking’ (as in ‘Acker has bilked’).

Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk (1929–2014)

Postscript (04-Nov-2014): Damn! I just told Jen my cool new word, and she immediately pointed out that to bilk is already a verb, meaning to defraud or evade (as in ‘to bilk paying one's bill at a restaurant’). But I reckon carrying on living for years when other people think you're dead is a form of evasion, so I'm sticking with my neologism.

Who says Americans don't do irony?

BBC: Survivor singer Jimi Jamison dies aged 63
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, has died aged 63.



Fitz (30 November 1954–5 June 2014)

My old mate Fitz died on Thursday.

We hadn't seen each other for a few years, but we kept in touch with random, usually hyphenated, insults via email and text message. His final text message to me, sent a couple of weeks ago, read:


At times like these, it's conventional to say nice words about the departed. But, in Fitz's case, this would feel like a betrayal of a long and treasured tradition. So I'll just say:

What an utter tosser!

New York giant

Lou Reed (1942–2013).


BBC: Audio pioneer Ray Dolby dies aged 80

Sad news. Jen and I observed a minute's silence last night. I'm pleased to report, there wasn't any hint of background hiss.