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Aidan Smith: Wake up and smell the Bovril on pricing

Hibs' decision to cut their prices for yesterday's game against Aberdeen to £10 - in recognition of Eddie Turnbull's old shirt number - was billed as the club's tribute to one of their most famous sons.

Aidan Smith: Will ye no' come back again? Not if you're older, fatter and over the hill

Footballers should never go back - to the old club, the true original, the team that made them, where they first kissed the badge and meant it.

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Aidan Smith: Annabel Goldie risks becoming a national institution, despite her politics

THE leader of the Scottish Conservatives, possibly our most famous spinster, is describing the previous evening at home. Nipping into Marks & Spencer, Annabel Goldie bought a microwaveable meal and some fruit - "otherwise there's a very good chance I could catch scurvy." She doesn't normally drink through the week but she popped a mini bottle of wine in her bag - "Such a handy size" - and an hour later there she was, crying into her sauvignon blanc.

On the box: Waking The Dead | True Stories: Guilty Pleasures | If Walls Could Talk

AS USUAL, Waking The Dead came with a warning. "There will be scenes which some viewers may find disturbing."

Aidan Smith: Uh-oh, Chongo! It's time for oor fitba to become a joke again

SPLIT, split - what does it mean? Once, only this: The Banana Splits, a kids' TV show featuring four fabulous furry freaks apparently modelled on Joe Harper, Pat McCluskey, Henry Hall and Jimmy O'Rourke - cuddly wee bauchle footballers that were once a Scottish speciality. The show's catchphrase, signifying imminent danger, was "Uh-oh, Chongo!"

Aidan Smith: Fergie the master of mend and make do

No excuses for returning to one of this column's favourite men or indeed for recalling my favourite interview with Sir Alex Ferguson, from the days when he liked winding up Arsene Wenger.

On the box: See You In Court | Neil Morrissey: Care Home Kid | Martina Cole's The Runaway

I MUST say I'm looking forward to Field Of Blood, BBC Scotland's new drama set in the world of newspapers. I don't care if journalists aren't portrayed as heroic; on balance I probably prefer when they're lazy and incompetent.

Aidan Smith: Farewell Big Mixu, the Finn with flair

Really, it's been obvious all along. Right through Mixu Paatelainen's time in Scotland he's done things a wee bit differently.

Aidan Smith: Terrace pleasures are worth standing up for

You never forget your last time. The last time you stood on terrace steps for a match. For me, it was during Bobby Williamson's no-fun tenure as manager of Hibs, and it was an act of wanton football adultery. My team were playing that day but when they needed me most I went to watch Falkirk instead.

On the box: Lily Allen: From Riches to Rags | Twenty Twelve | The Secret World of Whitehall

THERE was a key moment early on in Lily Allen: From Riches To Rags where some pop fans explained the appeal of the about-to-be-retired star.

Aidan Smith: Look away now: this is X-certificate stuff

Between 6 April and 7 May, Manchester United and Chelsea will play each other three times. Already there are some in England, behaving like over-protective parents of hormonally-haywire teenagers, who are worried about what sort of chaos will result, midway through the second date. Well, try Celtic v Rangers.

On the box: Jamie's Dream School | The Story Of Variety | Love Thy Neighbour

I'D LIKE to see David Starkey call Henry VIII fat. But no, the famous historian, an expert on the Tudors, had to insult a teenage boy disillusioned by education.

Aidan Smith: Sky's the limit for Wooly's boys as Fergie bans MUTV

In these straitened times, the wife and I were doing our sums and wondering what cutbacks we could make. "How much do we watch Sky?" she asked, not unreasonably.

On the box: Silk | South Riding | The Model Agency

SILK BBC1 Tuesday, 9pm SOUTH RIDING BBC1 Sunday, 9pm THE MODEL AGENCY Channel 4 Wednesday, 10pm

Aidan Smith: Real Roy of the Rovers stuff as Dundee tear a strip off their rivals

Despite the best attempts of players to bring a dull uniformity to football - all of them talking the same way and scratching their ears and zoning out with headphones - most clubs manage to retain a personality that's entirely their own.

On the box: Treme | Toughest Place to be a . . . Paramedic | The Brits

I WAS the last man on earth to get into The Wire. Truth be told, I'm still watching the final season. And yet it's been so long since the show ended that spoiler alerts have been lifted, so I must continue to tread warily through the rest of popular culture, lest another part of the great narrative is ruined for me.

Aidan Smith: When soles were platform, lager was super and we made it to World Cups . . .

You must have those days when you can't get an infernal tune out of your head. It could be Justin Bieber. It could be the Peppa Pig theme. Or, unshiftable all last week, this: "Super taste! Super inviting! ... Super! Lager!"

On the box: Outcasts | Mad Dogs | You don't know Jack

OUTCASTS BBC1 Monday, 9pm MAD DOGS Sky1 Thursday, 9pm YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Sky Atlantic Sunday, 9pm

Interview: Pop star Lykke Li on the making of her new album

LYKKE Li, the cool Swedish pop star, knows the form by now: release album, go on tour, talk about yourself, be misunderstood. This happened last time and already it's happening again. "If a woman wants to be naked then she should be allowed to be naked," she says.

Aidan Smith: Sound a fanfare for the Commons man

The comedian Harry Enfield has a great sketch in his TV show where he's the proprietor of a knick-knack shop in London's Notting Hill who hoodwinks the idle rich, flogging ever more useless tat to ever more dim-witted ninnies with too much money and time on their hands. It's even funnier if you know the area and only once have I ever wanted to buy anything there - a painting of a tactics blackboard outlining the build-up to what many consider to be the greatest goal ever scored.

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