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It's called 'the middle eight' Sid.

In the 1961 British comedy 'Raising the Wind', Sid James' Songwriting Academy gives this formula for writing a hit "Remember, it's verse, chorus, verse, chorus, clever bit, verse, chorus, chorus. But never two clever bits, or it don't work." I beg to differ mate - 'I'm Not In Love' by 10cc has two clever bits in it, and (IMHO) it's one of the finest pop songs ever recorded. More because of the production than the writing, admittedly, but it does possess 2 (count 'em) clever bits. The first one is the whispered "Be quiet, big boys don't cry", and the second one is "Ooh, you'll wait a long time for me". Now, for me, this song is one of those JFK moments - you know exactly where you were and what you were doing when something happened. The first time I heard 'I'm Not In Love' was on the jukebox as I was walking into the back bar of The White Hart in Romford High Street, just after the single had come out. A bunch of us had already seen 10cc at the Reading Festival, been wowed by the band, bought the LP 'Sheet Music', and loved it. I heard this weird song playing, and then caught "Be quiet, big boys don't cry", and I really didn't know what to make of it. Then one of my friends told me that this was 10cc, but I didn't believe him at first cos this was so different to anything on 'Sheet Music', or any of their other singles. And looking back, most of my JFK moments have been music related - I recall the exact moments when I heard that Elvis had died, that John Lennon had been shot, that Freddy Mercury had died, that Viv Stanshall had passed on.

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Life is full of questions

I'm sitting here in an apartment in Austin, Texas, where it's very hot and sunny, and apart from a few thunderstorms last weekend, has been that way for a month or more. I'm listening to a webcast from the ECB website of commentary from the Old Trafford Test where there has only been 18 overs of play today because of rain. People here ask me how could a game that lasts for 5 days, where they play for 7 hours each day, and which is so dependendant on fine, sunny weather have evolved in England? It beats the hell out of me.

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