Belfast Telegraph

Pete's life

Cool FM's Pete Snodden on what's hot and what's not every week

All hail Healy!

What a week! Our wee country reunited after another famous victory at Windsor Park.

Our footballers took some stick after that 3-0 thrashing by Iceland, but it was so good to see them come back and silence their critics.

'We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland' rang out as the silence dropped over the Spanish contingent who had travelled to the game.

It was almost as good as beating England.

So Lawrie Sanchez and his men march on in the once again reigniting hope that Northern Ireland could qualify for the European Championships in 2008.

A quick word on the goals, well there is only one word really - Healy - this guy deserves a knighthood!

A word must be given to the supporters who go not only to all the home games, but travel in droves to the away fixtures.

Remember how the crowd out-sang the English at Old Trafford over a year ago now. No matter how many times the team may have been down, they always seek to lift the players.

This week it was great to see the Northern Ireland following being crowned the best supporters in Europe.

Our glorious fans received the Brussels International Supporters Award 2006, yet another big and positive impression left by the people of Northern Ireland.

Monkeys magic

Last week also saw the Arctic Monkeys lift the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, beating top nominees Muse, Editors, Thom Yorke, Richard Hawley, The Guillemots and Hot Chip.

An extremely happy Alex Turner was quite taken aback considering the band had already sold so many records when usually it would go to a band or artist who had sold much fewer.

Their long player 'Whatever People Say I Am, that's What I'm Not' is sheer brilliance in my opinion and so deserving of the Mercury Music Prize.

Alex insists it's all about 'good tunes and no tricks'.

In the past Mercury Music Prize winners have fallen by the wayside after being awarded the prestigious gong, hopefully this has not placed a shadow over the Monkeys and they will go on to flourish and have continued success on what already has been a rollercoaster ride to the top!

Reality bites for Pete

Wioth X Factor leading the way in the reality TV world, it's no surprise really that we have not seen much of the reality stars from Big Brother 7 in the past week.

Hold fire on that statement - it seems Robbie Williams' ex-songwriting partner Guy Chambers, the person who has written so many of Robbie's hit singles has now teamed up with Pete Bennett, 'housemate of the year'.

Pete is a big Billy Idol fan and wishes to follow in his footsteps and Guy is using Billy's style as a benchmark to create a sound and style suitable for Pete.

To say I am intrigued is an understatement, a lot of shouting and screaming springs to mind. Perhaps we can expect a punk-style sound. We will have to be patient and wait and see. All I can say is if Robbie and Justin's new sound is revolutionary, I can't wait to hear this.

We should expect a single by November, could it be left longer to target the Christmas number one spot!


From Belfast Telegraph