This is the 200th. Post on Scandic Sequences!
My quirky instinct told me that I should
do something a little weird - maybe!
53 years ago Great Britain had a really good
song for the Eurovision Song Contest,
and a really good singer to sing it.
It became a favourite to win. Back in 1960,
everything was 'live' on TV. No pre-recordings,
or fantastic stage productions; no colour; no dancers cavorting around, etc. It was just the
singers on a simple stage, and the orchestra.
Singing order was drawn by ballot, and with
the international voting starting immediately
the last singer had finished, it was always an
advantage to be late in the draw. The later
songs were obviously fresher in the juries
The French song, 'Tom Pilibi', performed by
a pretty little French mademoiselle, was drawn
No.1 (bad luck!)
The British song, 'Looking High, high, high', and performed by the excellent Bryan Johnson,
was drawn to be performed last.
What did the stupid Brits do?
In order to appear gentlemanly and fair
to the French teenager, they voluntarily
swopped places, which meant that the
British number would go on first.
The result was that the French girl won the
contest, and the British song, with poor old
Bryan Johnson came second.
There wasn't a great difference in the votes,
so had he sung last he almost certainly
would have 'wiped the floor' with
This has rankled with me for 53 years,
but my instinct tells me that none of
you could care less, one way or the other.