I was watching Jonathan Ross interview Tom Hanks last night and Tom started talking about the swimming training he did for Angels and Demons. There’s a bonus at the end of the clip: Tom does the rap from Big.

I was impressed that he could remember the words just like that after 21 years. However something was itching away at the back of my mind about the name of the guy who trained him to swim: Michael Newman, an ex-firefighter and lifeguard. Then it hit me. This just had to be Michael “Newmy” Newman from Baywatch fame. He didn’t have a major role but I still remember him and I don’t know why.

Probably for the same reasons that I can remember most of the cast and characters from ‘Allo ‘Allo or that the wooden Indian in Neighbours years ago was called Frank. Of course this recall seems to be arbitrary – my memory didn’t make exams a breeze, professionally it doesn’t help me remember which function arguments come in which order when coding but it certainly comes in useful in a pub quiz.

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