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 Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Tuesdays - what is the point?

First thing every morning, at the top of the steps outside the tube station on my way to work, some grinning idiot tries to thrust a free magazine in my hand. Every Tuesday, that magazine is called 'Midweek'. Why? Do they not realise they're at least 28 hours early? The last thing I want to be told on a Tuesday morning is that it's halfway through the week, because it so disappointingly isn't. Still, it's better than the similar situation every Monday morning, when the same grinning idiot always tries to offer me a copy of 'Ms London' instead.

Tuesdays of course used to be the most important day of the week. Back in the 70s and 80s, Tuesday was the day that the new Top 40 was announced. There we all were, standing outside the sixth form common room at school, straining to hear through the window exactly who was at number 1 that week. Back in those days this really was news, it was important, and it was unexpected, mainly because nobody was leaking midweek chart positions to the tabloids. It's just not been the same since they started announcing the weekly chart-topper on a Sunday evening. I mean, Number 1 records were so much better back then weren't they? None of this Atomic Kitten and Pop Idol rubbish. No, instead there was Showaddywaddy, the St Winifred's School Choir, Shakin' Stevens and the Goombay Dance Band. Hmm, maybe not much better then...


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