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Bob Servant, window cleaning kingpin and beneficiary of Dundee’s Cheeseburger Wars, turns Agony Uncle for The List

Bob, Cutbacks, recession, riots in the streets. What’s the economic outlook in your opinion? Just how worried should we be? David R David, It’s a good question and you’ve come to the right place because if there’s one thing I know it’s the business world. The bad news David is there are undoubtedly bad times ahead, the good news is that I can give you an Early Warning System, much like with tsunamis. America is the key. I think it was Neil Kinnock who said that when America sneezes Britain shits herself and that’s been proven time and time again over the years. So keep an eye on America David and, the minute it sneezes, sell your house and run for the hills. Much like with tsunamis. Stay dry, Bob

Morning Bob, I’m having a troubling time with my husband. He’s started gardening but he’s only 26, is that too early? It’s adding a lot of tension to an already difficult relationship. Sarah Hi Sarah, Something certainly doesn’t add up. There’s no way a man of that age should be out doing the gardening. If I was you, and you really want to know what’s going on, then I think you should check his shed. If you’re lucky, he’ll have a darts board in there. If you’re not, it’ll be over a thousand jazz mags with famous people’s faces stuck on the bodies. The ball’s in your court and I can only wish you the best of luck. Bob

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TRUE GRIT The Coen brothers’ True Grit will follow the book rather than the film, but we’re still wondering whether Jeff Bridges will measure up to John Wayne. We’ll be talking to The Dude about taking on The Duke. SEX There’s no point in being prudish about it, sex is a major part of city life. For our issue covering Valentine’s Day, we examine the physical side of love, from the professional viewpoint to the personal.

88 THE LIST 20 Jan–3 Feb 2011

CONTRIBUTORS Publisher & General Editor

Robin Hodge Director Simon Dessain


Editor Jonny Ensall Deputy Editor Claire Sawers

Assistant Editor Henry Northmore, Allan Radcliffe

Research Manager

Laura Ennor Research Siân Bevan,

Siân Hickson, David Pollock, Fiona Shepherd, Kirstyn Smith Editorial Assistant

Niki Boyle Editorial Intern Barbara Adams


Media Sales Manager Juliet Tweedie

Media Sales Executive

Jude Moir

Media Project Sales Manager

Suzanne Robertson Business Development

Executive Adam Coulson Business Development

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Manager Sheri Friers

Promotions Executive

Amy Russell

Circulation Executive Murray Robertson

PRODUCTION Senior Designer

Lucy Munro

Production Manager Simon Armin

Production Assistant Miriam Sturdee

DIGITAL Web Editor Hamish Brown

Senior Developer Andy Carmichael Senior Designer Bruce Combe

Software Developer Iain McCusker

Online Editorial Assistant Alice White

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SECTION EDITORS Around Town Kirstin Innes

Books/Comedy Brian Donaldson Clubs/Play Henry Northmore

Dance/Kids Kelly Apter Food & Drink Donald Reid

Film Paul Dale LGBT Lauren Mayberry

Music/Shopping Claire Sawers Noticeboard Anna Millar

Theatre/Visual Art Allan Radcliffe