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King Kenny.

Kenny Dalglish was knighted yesterday in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. And not before time. He remains the greatest player ever to pull on Liverpool’s famous red shirt, and as a player and manager he achieved more than his fellow footballing knights Geoff Hurst, Bobby Robson and Trevor Brooking put together. But it’s what he […]

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The death of a legend.

RIP Peter Stringfellow. For so long regarded as a naff figure of fun that it’s easy to forget that in the 80s he really was the epitome of cool. Stringfellow’s was the most glamorous nightclub in London and its eponymous owner a brilliant frontman. I met him because I worked there for two nights while […]

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“We’re” now in the Premier League.

I support QPR. It’s like being born with a congenital defect that I put there myself. I could have opted, like most of my classmates, for Arsenal, Tottenham or Chelsea – all relatively local – and enjoyed moments of joy amidst the pain but no. I picked the nearest team to where I was born […]

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Oh Happy Day.

Still thinking about the triumphant joy of last Saturday’s Royal Wedding. Harry and Meghan were fantastically fortunate with the weather, as the pomp and splendour of Windsor in brilliant sunshine were captured forever on a million smartphones. Best of all, the myth of “racist Britain” was elegantly exposed. I’d guarantee that there was barely a […]

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I’ve tried and I’ve tried but….

….I know I’ll never get into The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Yes, I can appreciate that Douglas Adams was a genius. And John Lloyd, his collaborator on The Meaning of Liff (which really is genius), is a great friend of mine but this stratospherically successful series has always left me cold. To celebrate its […]

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Making Arrangements.

I’ve always loved this underrated gem, but it was only when I heard it the other night for the first time in decades, that I realised why. It’s the arrangement. No guitar, no bass, no drums, no keyboards, in fact none of the usual components of a Top Twenty hit. Just a string quartet and […]

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The Jazz Singer.

To Cadogan Hall to see Kurt Elling on Saturday night. He and his band were superb. Last time I heard a jazz vocalist this good was probably Curtis Stigers at Ronnie Scott’s. Though whenever I think of Curtis Stigers, I always think of Frank Skinner complaining that the great singer hasn’t yet been asked to […]

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Ray, Ray, Super Ray…..

…..Super Ray Wilkins. Any footballer whose chant is so straightforward and complimentary is clearly adored by the fans. And Ray Wilkins, who died yesterday aged just 61, was adored everywhere. Best remembered for his years at Chelsea, Manchester United and England, he captained all three sides. But, in the autumn of his career, he captained […]

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Apparently, I’m Jewish.

Family get-together over Easter at which my eldest sister – always good for a story – disclosed this startling bit of news. Our grandmother – my mum’s mum, was adopted as a child in the early 1900s. Her real family were, according to my sister, Ukrainian Jews who’d fled the pogroms. And since Judaism is […]

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Oh, Christ. He’s done it again.

Not the great Professor Stephen Hawking, who died this morning but his “biggest fan”, Peter Stringfellow. Today, the self-styled lord of the lapdance paid an emotional tribute on Twitter to “Professor Stephen Harking”, which brought to mind an interview with Stringfellow in which he claimed his favourite book was A Brief History of Time by […]

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