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Great press releases of our time

You don't have to do much to merit a headline in a press release from City Hall, by the look of things.

Our man Boris (for whom three cheers) has given his support to a laudable scheme to pass on unused musical instruments to schoolchildren. So much for the boilerplate approving text, now for some mockery:

"Sting donates bass guitar to campaign to increase music education"

Yup, that's the headline. Not the bass he wrote song X on, or one with any particular resonance, but 'a' bass guitar.

Sez Boris: "I'd like every kid in the capital to play an instrument and the prospect of learning on one owned by a superstar like Sting must be absolutely thrilling".

Thrilling? Unlikely, none of them will have heard of him. Let us say that the instrument will go to an 11 year old, born in 1997. That child would have been -2 the last time that Sting graced the top ten. I know I could not whistle 'When we dance', and I don't expect many of my readers could either. Heading back to his heyday at the turn of the 80s, that is probably when most of the parents of the budding musicians were small children. Still, perhaps if Chloe and Jack ask their grandparents, maybe they will explain why they should be thrilled.

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