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Merry Christmas From The Poplar Tree

Hello Poplar Tree fans, if you click on the above image, fingers crossed, you should be able to read its little review of 2010. It’s not as in-depth a review as The Poplar Tree would like, but that’s because Crimbo has been a proper busy time.
Next year, The Poplar Tree plans to read more contemporary books and review them because it should keep up-to-date more with stuff like that and it doesn’t. Included in the review is a tribute to the late comic genius Frank Sidebottom, an overview of Missing Thumbs in The Road, highlights of the Manchester Literature Festival and a list of books and TV shows it’s enjoyed over the past twelve months.
The Poplar Tree hasn’t had time to list all the other things it’s been up to recently – last week it went to watch Angelos Epithemiou at the Stockport Plaza (review coming soon-ish). Anyway – enjoy this in the meantime, and thanks to everyone who has contributed to this blog and taken the time to read some of the entries.

All the best for 2011 – The Poplar Tree x

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Rest In Peace: Frank Sidebottom

Frank Sidebottom, the man with a papier mache head (also known as Chris Sievey) sadly passed away today aged just 54. He is without doubt the funniest comedian ever to come from the streets of Timperley and I wish I’d gone to meet him a couple of years ago when he threw a Christmas Party at the Coffee Pot in Manchester, which is just around the corner from work. I didn’t go because I thought I’d get star struck meeting him, as earlier that year I’d been to watch him do a gig in the basement of the Manchester Academy. It was the funniest comedy show I’ve ever been to and the part where he sticks on a tache and sideburns to do Freddie Mercury had me crying with laughter. Even though Frank was a papier mache head with limited facial expressions, Frank Sidebottom the character was full of life and unlike some mainstream comedians, he never had to resort to cheap laughs or insults to get an audience onside. Frank/Chris showed genuine respect for his fans, regularly updating them on his whereabouts, tours and more recently on his battle with cancer, which he thought was bobbins. To some, the character of Frank Sidebottom may have seemed like a basket case, but he wasn’t – he was just having fun and creating his own little world that made people laugh. Frank and Little Frank will be sadly missed. http://www.franksworld.co.uk/wordpress/

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