Take Two with Colin Drury

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NO MENTION HERE, COCKER

Never let it be said The Star doesn’t respect the birthday wishes of Sheffield’s biggest stars.

Pulp legend Jarvis Cocker said he refused to celebrate his 50th birthday on Thursday because he found the milestone too depressing. “I’m trying to forget about it,” he noted.

As it turned out, his favourite local newspaper did our bit to help: we didn’t mention it once.

UNLIKE HERE...

Unlike Richard Hawley, who only went on BBC Radio Six Music and playedBeatles song Birthday in honour of his one-time band mate.

WEST GOES MUSICAL

And talking of music, it seems actor Dominic West is making a bid to become Sheffield’s latest singing star. Sort of.

The Wire man has voiced the words of a drunken landlord on Roaring 20s, the new album by rappers Rizzle Kicks. The first step in a journey to join the likes of Joe, Jarvis, Phil and Alex perhaps...?

BITTER BLOW ON BBC

And talking also of the BBC, for those who missed it, The Rutland Arms, in Brown Street, had five minutes of fame on Wednesday when Newsnight filmed there.

What a shame, though, that students in the boozer – being interviewed about Nick Clegg’s conference speech – were largely seen to be eschewing the city-brewed ales on offer there and supping, instead, pints of generic fizz.

LIFE OUT THERE?

Scientists at Sheffield Uni say they’ve found alien life, then? They discovered it in the atmosphere. Although surely if they were looking for really strange lifeform, they’d have done better to start in the union.