Amazing things about Friday, December 19:
» London dentist James Robertson carried out the first dental extraction using anaesthetic in 1846. We're betting his job was much easier on the ears after that.
» 14-year-old Peter Clark, from Namibia, set the world speed skateboarding record of 66.5mph in 1977. He'd coated the wheels with castor oil to make the board go faster. How fast? Fast as fuck, that's how fast!
» Cliff Richard and the Shadows starred in Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp at the London Palladium on this day in 1964. Also starring were Arthur Askey, and Una Stubbs (hooray!).
» Robbie Williams declared he was gay in 2000. But he'd been drinking and has since 'clarified' matters. So that's all sorted then. Whatever the case, we think 2000 is round about the time we stopped giving a fuck.
» Happy birthday, 80s style, to: 80s 'comedian' Syd Little, of Little and Large fame (61), 80s singer Limahl, formerly of Kajagoogoo (45!), and 80s filmstar Jennifer Beales, who fannied about the dancefloor in Flashdance (40).
» Festive fact: Many Greeks do not use Christmas trees, or give presents at Christmas. Boo!
» Pantomime of the moment: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs*, at the Bristol Hippodrome. The fantabulous Lily Savage stars as the evil Queen in the show, which runs till January 18.
* If more than one shelf becomes shelves, surely more than one dwarf should be dwarves?
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According to Marxist theory, cultural forms such as opera, classical music and the literary works of Shakespeare all fall under the heading of high culture. Low culture refers to a wide variety of cultural themes that are characterised by their consumption by the masses.
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