Call me eccentric, but this dinner with Ed Balls was a hoot 

Almost likeable: Ed Balls preparing for the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ live tour 
Almost likeable: Ed Balls preparing for the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ live tour 

I’ve just looked up “eccentric” in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. Why? Because I think the news is making me deviate from my cheery norm. The dictionary says eccentric means my circle won’t fit within another circle, my axle is not centrally placed. An eccentric, it adds, is “an irregular, odd or whimsical person”. Eccentricity, it concludes, is the quality or habit of deviating from what is customary. Guilty on all counts, but whether the news is to blame I can’t yet say.

Eccentricity, however, is blossoming along the airwaves, and I’m glad of it. Ed Balls, former Labour MP, took up the piano when that day job oppressed him. After losing his Westminster seat, he appeared on BBC TV’s...

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