In Competition No. 2893 you were invited to suggest suitable Desert Island Discs for a historical figure, living or dead.
Your choice of castaways was somewhat narrow — Richard III, Henry VIII, Tony Blair and Jeremy Clarkson popped up again and again. This meant a fair amount of repetition: King Richard was the most popular and his selections more often than not included ‘Dem bones’ and ‘Two Princes’ by the Spin Doctors. Several entrants thought that ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’ might make Jeremy Clarkson’s playlist. Chris O’Carroll chose Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ on behalf of Tony Blair; while Peter Skelly went for Dire Straits’s ‘Money for Nothing’, along with several other tracks on a similar theme. The prizewinners printed below are rewarded with £15 each. Most entries were submitted in list form but Rob Stuart nabs the bonus fiver for a Russell Brand in characteristically full flow.
Oooh, first choicey-woicey, that’s gotta be ‘Anarchy in the UK’ by the Sex Pistols, ain’t it, because although it’s obvious, it’s surprisingly obvious. Then I’m going for old Georgy Handel’s ‘Messiah’, although I was never entirely cognizant of exactly who he was on about wiv it because I hadn’t even been born back in Victorian times. Then I’ll have ‘Believe’ by top Milf Cher, ’cos you gotta believe in some sort of spirituality, ain’t you, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, by the inestimable Monsieur Robert Marley, the feem choon from Roobarb and Custard, Adam and the Ants’ ‘Stand and Deliver’, a right scathing post-materialist critiquey-wiquey of your whole basic Capitalist hegemony, every bit as insightful as old Noam Chomskeroony, and finally them lot again with ‘Xerox’ in honour of my mate Johann Hari and his principled defiance of copyright law whilst working at the Independent.