Spice Girls might have been rubbish but I did admire them – Rick Jackson

Geri Horner, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown. The Spice Girls are back... without Victoria Beckham.
Geri Horner, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown. The Spice Girls are back... without Victoria Beckham.
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This week the Spice Girls announced they are to reform and tour the UK in 2019. ‘So what,’ I hear many of you cry. Women in their thirties and forties who grew up with them will doubtless buy tickets in droves, just like they did with Take That 15 years ago.

But let’s face it, unlike Take That the Spice Girls were a bit rubbish.

Apart from Mel C none of them had brilliant voices and it’s fair to say Victoria Beckham had the weakest of them all.

I’m not surprised she’s opted out of joining this reunion tour.

Even back in the day her interests were definitely not singing. I’d go as far to say I felt she hated it. I’d also imagine her mates Tom Cruise and George Clooney would disown her  if she did hit the stage again.

I was never a fan, but I was an admirer.

The Spice Girls weren’t talented singers and couldn’t dance, but their sheer ambition and determination got them to the top. Girl Power was a great thing for all females back in the ’90s.

I remember interviewing them when they were at the height of their fame in 1998 and I had to go  to th e Capital FM studios in London.

At that time, I was hosting the Power FM breakfast show and we were one of just five stations in the  Capital group at the time, so I got the opportunity to chat to them.

Doctor Fox went first, then BRMB and Southern FM.

‘Foxy’ emerged from the studio saying the girls were tired and that they were getting bored doing the same old interviews.

So I had a brainwave and  ran down to the Co-op in Leicester Square and bought a massive box of Celebrations chocolates.

When I opened the studio door for my turn, all five girls’ eyes lit up with excitement . ‘Chocolate!’ they screamed.

As a result I did a great interview with them.

They were happy, funny and buzzing from all that sugar, especially Mel B and Victoria who were expecting their first children at the time.

Sadly for me and my dear listeners, all you could hear during the interview was the irritating sound of sweet wrappers.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – yes, even now

Now bonfire night is out of the way we have the full-on Christmas countdown in shops and on TV and radio commercials. I even hear Magic Christmas, the non-stop festive hits radio station is starting on DAB.

Many hate it that Christmas begins now. I don’. Life’s too short and so is the season, so I’m happy for the build-up to start now.

I’ve even started to feel Christmassy, sorting the family Secret Santa, organising whose coming to us for Christmas dinner and getting booked to host Christmas lights switch-ons.

The decorations will go up on December 1, the first mince pies will be consumed and I’m already thawing out the Michael Bublé Christmas CD!​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Proper coffee comes before health and safety at work

We now have two bean-to-cup coffee machines at work. One broke, but a new one appeared the next day. It took three weeks to replace two light bulbs above the very dark main stairs, that’s how we prioritise coffee at work.

At home, I have virtually every single device known to man, sorry, person. My coffee machine broke, so I decided to buy the latest Nespresso machine. It also spins the pod to give an extra thick crema. We love it, but like my double decker bus, it’s proving too costly to run.

You can only order the pods off their website and after posting, a month’s supply is coming in at £45! It’s a good thing I’ve cut my coffee consumption because I’m also shaking less!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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