“Everybody dance, do-do-do, Clap your hands, clap your hands, Everybody dance, do-do-do Clap your hands, clap your hands…” Yep, it’s finally in the bag and this time next week I will no doubt still be enjoying the afterglow from my interview with the gorgeous Nile Rodgers for the inaugural “In Bed With Foxy”.
Now, I’m sure you’ll believe me when I say I’ve had to pull every string imaginable to get the scoop but, hey, what’s a few PR puff pieces between friends? (Campaign and The Drum do it all the time, and not particularly subtly either, Pick of the Week and Creative Works anyone?)
And, of course, I’ll have to ensure my esteemed boss doesn’t steel the limelight (anyone got any spare Novichok?).
You see, old McKelvey claims to have a connection with our musical genius dating back to a 1979 gig at the Brighton Centre when (and I can’t believe he can actually remember that far back) the organisers tried to stop the concert because everyone was dancing too much and not sitting down. Apparently McKelvey was having none of it and earned a wink from Nile too. (A likely story…)
Still, it seems that not everyone is quite so chipper at the moment, with the prospect of a new lockdown and a Winter of Discontent turning the nation blue, according to the Office for National Statistics’ annual “National Well-being Measures” survey.
And where, I hear you ask, are they the most miserable now? Why Kensington and Chelsea – where your average home costs around £2.2m and where you have to be posher than Jacob William “Rees-Smug” – which had the lowest happiness score at 6.85 out of ten.
At the other end of the scale was Richmondshire in North Yorkshire, where a home costs a more modest £221,000. This region scored 8.35 on the happiness scale, and includes the northern area of the Yorkshire Dales including Swaledale and Arkengarthdale, Coverdale and Wensleydale (nice cheese, too).
All of which goes to show, for us Northerners, Nile had it spot on years ago: “Good times, These are the good times, Leave your cares behind, These are the good times Good Times, These are the good times, Our new state Of mind, These are the good times.
“Happy days are here again, The time is right for makin’ friends, Let’s get together, How ’bout a quarter to ten, Come tomorrow, let’s all do it again.”