RICK JACKSON: Less bland rubbish and more festive belters, please!

Rick wants to hear more pop stars releasing hits as good as Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You
Rick wants to hear more pop stars releasing hits as good as Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You

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In our playlist meeting at Wave 105 this week, we heard this season’s festive offerings.

Once again, I’m completely underwhelmed.

In the 1990s East 17 and Mariah Carey battled it out with a couple of smashers. So why are artists unwilling to pen festive belters nowadays?

American songstress Sia has added a few sleigh bells to a song and Gwen Stefani’s effort is a bit weak. The bloke who used to sing for Keane is covering Aled Jones!

Remember those great chart battles of the past? Slade and Wizzard in 1973, Band Aid and Wham! in 1984. And in the 1990s, East 17 and Mariah Carey battled it out with a couple of smashers.

So why are artists unwilling to pen festive belters nowadays?

It would be very Grumpy Old Man of me to label today’s music as bland, but it is.

The variety has gone. Long live Cliff and Shakin’ Stevens!

NO ONE WILL EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH FOR MY LITTLE GIRL

My daughter Holly turns two today.

She was the most wonderful surprise. After Freddie, who was an IVF baby, we didn’t think we’d have anymore, and then Sarah fell pregnant naturally.

You hear about this all the time – couples struggling to conceive then a second arrives soon after.

You try your hardest to treat your kids the same, you don’t have a favourite. But I find my love for Holly is different to Freddie.

It’s not more or less, just different.

I’m so much softer with her. She gets away with a lot more with me than Freddie ever does.

Ironically, it’s vice versa for Sarah.

Holly tends to make me laugh when she is having a toddler melt down. Whereas I find I’m not as tolerant when Freddie has one.

With her golden hair and blue eyes, she melts my heart with a look.

With Freddie, our bond is slightly different. I feel very protective of Holly, but Freddie is turning into my little buddy.

He’s developing a strong interest in aeroplanes, trains and buses. This is a beautiful thing for me.

He knows the difference between a 747, A380, 777 and a Dreamliner.

He spots the X5 and 9A bus long before I do, and gets very excited as a train joins us on the way into Fareham off the A32 and the viaduct.

So the journey continues.

Now both kids are beginning to develop personalities and are starting to talk, our lives move into the next stage with toddlers.

I know it’s an old cliché, but there is something between daddies and their daughters.

I watch my friends with their older kids. I know what’s to come.

Am I going to be the father stood at the door waiting for his teenage daughter to come home, quizzing her on who she has been out with?

Damn right. No one will be good enough for my daughter.

On the other hand, if Freddie doesn’t listen to any of my tips, he will be fine!

CRUISES ARE FANTASTIC BUT THEY SHOULD BE GREENER

A cruise is my idea of the perfect holiday, but I’m becoming more and more aware how environmentally unfriendly some of these ships are.

One report I read claimed the air pollution on a ship’s top deck is twice as bad as the centre of London.

Big ships burn very dirty, heavy fuel. Although in the English Channel they must burn diesel which is far less pollutant. Brittany Ferries must be highly praised for fitting their fleet with ‘scrubbers’ which cleans the exhaust fumes.

Hopefully the cruise lines will follow suit.

You do not expect these ships to pollute the sea or air around them. But unfortunately they do.

Whether they are close to shore or in the middle of the Atlantic, they should be a green as possible.

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