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He almost changed history

  My Daily Express feature on Georg Elser, the carpenter who came close to assassinating Hitler and who is now the subject of Oliver “Downfall” Hirschbiegel’s excellent film, “13 Minutes”: The Elser we see on film is no dour ideologue or … Continue reading

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“Play it! Play it!”

Coming to the UK in the next few days: Bhi Bhiman. I love his Whiplash parody: HT @RhiannonGiddens

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Everything has its price

In the week that FIFA finally seems on the verge of imploding, the FA announces the imminent arrival of “The Emirates FA Cup”.  Sigh.

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Before American Idol. Before Britain’s Got Talent

The ultimate showbiz hopeful: Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin in “The King of Comedy”. HT: @OnePerfectShot

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Is folk music too white?

MOWOs anyone? The editor of one of the country’s leading music magazines looks around and doesn’t like what he sees.

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Dodging cows in Cookham

Minor cycling hazard.

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Little Stevie is 65

I still can’t quite believe it.   The first album of his that I bought was “Music of My Mind”, purchased with my school holiday earnings in Littlewoods department store.  The opening track hardly ever gets played nowadays. I have … Continue reading

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How to be a pundit

From Oliver Burkeman’s interview with David Brooks, Obama’s favourite conservative and occupant of one of the uppermost perches at New York Times: Thus Brooks mounted the treadmill of finding two opinions per week to air in the nation’s most influential … Continue reading

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Frankly

One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. (For more on that famous artefact, see Gay Talese.) I couldn’t … Continue reading

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