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Matthew Norman: A NOLLY GOOD FELLOW.

Byline: Matthew Norman

AS if the rise of the Pringle jumper hadn't made the point, it was claimed this week that "naff is the new cool", with hideous things from the 1970s and '80s storming back into fashion.

In Devon, meanwhile, Noel Edmonds is appointed deputy Lord Lieutenant of the county.

No one knows precisely what this post entails, but it seems to revolve around sucking up to any royal who pops in.

My wife was staying in a Devon cottage once when Prince Charles landed nearby in a helicopter.

The weird thing about the news of his advancement is that it didn't make me retch.

A few years ago, the thought of him had me rushing for the anti-emetics, and when I wrote this once it provoked a pop-up Santa Christmas card in which Nolly begged me to "put hatred from my heart".

Maybe it was this message that did the trick, but - 'Nurse, the medication please!' - I find myself missing him.

Not watching some pointless Lottery show is too easy.

Avoiding Crinkly Bottom, with its oddly compulsive pageant of imbecility, was a more satisfying challenge.

The BBC frets endlessly about how to fill its Saturday night schedule.

If naff really is the new cool, what better way than by reviving the Lazarus of light entertainment?
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2004
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