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Stand by for the inevitable documentary.

Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols was released 40 years ago today. And since then we’ve had constant commemorations of punk because it was a largely middle-class thing. And the kids who embraced it grew up to be cultural commentators for The Guardian, or commissioning editors for the BBC. That said, Never Mind […]

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God, I loved this record.

Long before I started collecting singles obsessively, my mum, dad and three older sisters bought them regularly so my house was full of them even before I was born. I learned to stack them and play them when I was about four and I haven’t stopped doing that to this day. One of my favourites […]

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Thirty years ago this morning.

The south of England woke up to scenes of natural devastation not witnessed before or since. In the great storm of 1987, thousands of trees came down, cars were crushed and 22 people were killed. The storm raged most ferociously between 2am and 5am. Imagine if it had been between 2pm and 5pm – how […]

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Doctors and nurses.

Just finished reading This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay’s hilarious but often horrifying account of working as a junior doctor. It reminded me that, whenever I DJ’d a doctors’ or nurses’ party, they were particularly wild. Given the highly pressurised and life-or-death nature of their work, it was no surprise that off duty, they’d […]

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The Florida Project.

This was the name used for Disney World in Florida when it was being constructed. I first went there when I was in the mid-1980s and it was fantastic. I returned about 25 years later once my two children were old enough to appreciate it. They absolutely hated it. In that time, Disney World had […]

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Eel Pie Island.

I went to a party there on Saturday at what’s now the Richmond Boat Club. I sort of knew where it was – in the middle of the Thames near Twickenham – but I’d never actually been there. In the 60s, Eel Pie Island had the one of the most famous jazz and blues clubs […]

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50 Years of Radio 1.

This weekend sees the 50th anniversary of Radio 1. In its 1970s heyday it was huge, the only place where new records could be heard, so practically every teenager in the UK tuned in. DJs like Tony Blackburn, Noel Edmonds and Mike Read were proper supermarket-opening stars. But in 2017, I can’t imagine who listens […]

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The Prince of Soho.

Soho came to a standstill yesterday for the funeral of Bernie Katz, the “Prince of Soho”. For more than twenty years, this tiny, flamboyant and hugely charismatic man was front of house at the Groucho Club. Bernie was perhaps the most recognisable character in a area chock-full of recognisable characters. And they all turned out […]

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Result.

All football fans know the story of AFC Wimbledon. In 2002, Wimbledon FC was cynically re-located to Milton Keynes and renamed MK Dons to attract a larger fanbase. So fans of the original club decided to form a new team, holding trials on Wimbledon Common for anyone who wanted to play. They began in the […]

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My favourite clergyman.

Is the Rev. Richard Coles, co-host of Radio 4’s Saturday Live and contestant in the new series of Strictly. No stranger to stardom, he was once one half of The Communards, and this was biggest-selling single of 1986. A few years ago, I used him as a voiceover because he sounds very similar to Stephen […]

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