My child hood was not the happiest of times and as if to wish my life away and to hurry the transience of time, my year was peppered with music events that symbolised that time passing;
The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party - OMG! Can you remember who won best haircut in 1981? - meant Christmas was on the way.
The Brit Awards - who ever will forget Jarvis Cocker baring his hairy behind toward Wacko Jacko? - indicated that the dark wintry nights were soon to pull out.
And my favourite...
The Eurovision Song Contest - with too many notable (and cringeworthy) moments to document - meant that Summer was almost upon us.
And for fear of being ostracised by all who know me and possibly even shunned in the street by total strangers...the Eurovision Song Contest remains within my diary even to this day. But now - far from wishing time to pass me by - it is an annual tradition, shared each year with the same great friends - who, for the sake of not exposing them to the same snubbing I may be subject to, shall remain nameless. And the countdown to this year's contest is on!
Mr Wogan has stepped down this year...so no pressure Mr Norton, but you've big boots to fill and some witty word jousting to dream up. And however will we better last years Eurococktail theme - with a different cocktail for each country's entry - needless to say my hangover went Boom Bang A Bang the next morning! Any closet fans that recognise that last reference should be ashamed of themselves for hiding away; Stand up and be counted!
So do me a favour and make sure you at least catch a glimpse of this year's contest...safe in the knowledge that I will be slightly tipsy, singing along, scoring marks out of 10 to the European in the tighest trousers or the wackiest costume, fighting with mates over whether this years contestant from the Ukraine is a man or a woman...or as has happened in the past...both!
Finally, to any of you who choose to continue to belittle, demean, rubbish and disparage this very British (Yes. You heard me right. I said British. Not European.) institution...to you I say