The Sunday before last I was leafing through my weekend newspaper and happened across one of those articles that explains the 'which, what and how to' of buying a 64-registered new car.

It’s the sort of article that many years ago I could have written. Never mind – I’m old and out of touch, so good luck to the young hack who has driven all the latest cars and knows what he is writing about. 

Except the chap who had written the article is not a journalist, he's a comedian; one who’s been on telly a lot, though not so much recently. He is turning at me from the pages of my newspaper and holding a registration plate with '64' on it.

I like famous people. I don’t mind celebrity culture and all that. They can be useful in drawing attention to things, such as cars, features, or books.