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    Question Questions from BBC article2

    Could you please help me on following questions about
    a BBC article "Alan Johson: My pop star ambitions"
    BBC News - Alan Johnson: 'My pop star ambitions'

    Question1: 11th paragraph

    "I wonder that Bert was never prosecuted under the Trade Descriptions Act."

    -Why did Alan wonder about Bert Weedon this way?


    Question2: 3rd paragraph at "Invading the North"

    "Danny hired it for an hour and we did the Clark/Kearns quest for the perfect two minute pop hit - Hard Life, and my song I Have Seen as the B-side."

    -Who are Clark/Kearns? I assume they are famous music stars, but can't guess who they are.



    I'll be grateful for your assistance.

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    Re: Questions from BBC article2

    The key to the Bert Weedon quote is the name of his book, Play in a Day. This was a book first published in the early sixties, I think (anyway, that's when I read it). It spawned a series and lots of spin-offs - a publishing phenomenon; it's still in print. Here's a short extract from the Amazon page:
    Product Description
    "Bert Weedon's Play In A Day" remains one of the world's most successful guitar tutors. It is as much as legend as the stars that have learnt from it including Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield, Paul McCasrtney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Sting, Brian May, Pete Townshend and many, many others! "Play in a Day" is easy to use, with plenty of tips for selecting the right guitar, the correct amplifier, how to hold your instrument and plenty of tunes and exercises to get to grips with.
    Read more here: Bert Weedon's Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing Guitar: Amazon.co.uk: Bert Weedon: Books

    Of course nobody learns to play the guitar in a day - hence the reference to the TDA (a reference to some UK legislation that controls what a trader can say in order to sell something): Trade Descriptions Act 1968 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . The joke is anachronistic; Bert Weedon's book pre-dates the TDA; but who cares?

    I don't recognize the 'Clark/Kearns' pair, but I expect they're lyricists - often much less famous than their songs.

    b

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    Smile Re: Questions from BBC article2

    BobK

    Again thank you very much for your advice!

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