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Q MY mate Danny insists Johnny Cash played Butlins at Bognor Regis in the early 1980s. Surely this never happened. - Stuart Burns, Hammersmith, London.

A OF course it didn't Stuart - it was 1993! For the princely sum of pounds 61 you got three nights in a chalet at Butlins Southcoast World in Bognor Regis, all meals and a ticket to see The Man In Black.

Cash played two gigs at Butlins in the West Sussex town, described by Q magazine at the time as "surely one of the least likely bookings in the history of popular music".

Cash himself said of the gigs: "I'll play anywhere there is a demand. I'd liken Butlins to Asbury Park, New Jersey, in its heyday - games on the boardwalk, Ferris wheels, stuff for kids and shows for adults." Around 4000 people are thought to have seen Cash perform.

Q WHY is a dead cert sometimes described as a shoe-in? - Mr T. Smith, Paisley.

A THE spelling should be shoo-in as it comes from horse racing lingo where jockeys "shoo in" - or urge forward - their mounts. The term comes from the illegal practice where rogue jockeys hold back their horses so that a slower horse, with better odds, can be shoo-ed in to win the race.

Q I READ of a planned TV sequel to Gone With The Wind, based on a book Scarlett by an author named Alexandra, though her surname escapes me. Was the TV show ever made? - E. Miller, Lochgilphead, Argyll.

A THE mini-series Scarlett was made in 1994, based on the 1991 book by Alexandra Ripley. It starred Joanne Whalley as Scarlett O'Hara with Timothy Dalton as Rhett Butler.

A much more successful spin-off was the 1980 film The Scarlett O'Hara War which told how the role was cast in the 1939 epic. It starred Tony Curtis as legendary producer David O. Selznick, Sharon Gless as Carole Lombard, Edward Winter as Clark Gable and Morgan Brittany as Vivien Leigh.

Q MY friend insists one of the Baltic countries that joined the EU a few years ago signed up because they were promised more sex. Is this true? - L. Bain, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.

A YES. A referendum was held on EU membership in Estonia in September 2003. Most political parties backed the Yes campaign with one poster by the Res Publica Party promising "access to millions of sexier men" if they joined up.

Two-thirds of voters backed EU membership and Estonia joined in 2004. No word on whether Estonian women got what they wanted.


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Date:Mar 16, 2008
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