I was so much younger then – I’m older than that now. Early days at Melody Maker

13 Jan 2022

I remember very vividly, yet barely remember at all, the young man I was when I first started out as a music journalist back in 1986. I did possess some virtues; I was pretentious, for a start.

Finding Jack Charlton – a poignant study in dementia, coupled with some of the most vivid of World Cup memories

12 Jan 2022

Just watched Gabriel Clarke’s beautiful, sad, affirming, brilliantly edited documentary on Jack Charlton, whose final years were blighted by dementia.

Patriotism – the thoughts of a would-be scoundrel

3 Dec 2021

So I’ve been thinking for much of the day about patriotism; what it means, how much, or more like how little I feel it, and whether that is a failing in me.

Government planning campus lockdown to stop spread of left wing views

23 Jun 2021

I understand that the government are planning a fresh lockdown to stop the spread of left wing views on university campuses.

Tony Bennett – a Manhattan trip that was absolutely all it was cracked up to be

31 Mar 2021

Sad news announced by Tony Bennett’s family that he has been suffering from Alzheimers these past four years (he’s 94).