Jason Donovan 2010

It’s nearly a quarter of a century since Britain first clapped eyes on Jason Donovan, as the puppy dog-enthusiastic Scott Robinson in TV soap Neighbours. Within three years he was a major pop star, with Kylie Minogue, at that time his girlfriend both on and off screen. They were the undisputed king and queen of Read More…

Remembering Malcolm McLaren

Best known as the punk svengali who masterminded the Sex Pistols’ infamous career in the mid-1970s, Malcolm McLaren lost his long battle with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, on Thursday aged 64. As his family, friends and former colleagues – including Dame Vivienne Westwood, John Lydon and respected author Jon Savage – pay tribute to Read More…

Marr, I’m only bleeding…

IF we get the heroes we deserve, we must have done something right to end up with Johnny Marr. I find the former Smiths guitarist in expansive, expressive mood as he prepares to go out on the road for the first time as a full-time member of The Cribs, the punky indie noise factory from Read More…

The (desert) boots were made for walking

IT’S said you can tell the mark of a man by the shoes he wears. I doubt it, but us blokes tend to know what we like and stick to it. At least I do. My feet have been clad in Clarks Desert Boots for nearly half the iconic shoe’s 60-year history which is being Read More…

Tony Benn 2009

Like the Beatles or Guy Fawkes, Tony Benn is part of our collective conscience; he’s in our national DNA. Revered and reviled in equal measure, he’s said he thinks it’s a bad week if he doesn’t receive at least one death threat. Which should give the pre-eminent left-wing politician of the last 50 years plenty to Read More…

Moon landing: The day Keith Moon called round

As if the brightly coloured Rolls Royce prowling the back streets of old town Poole wasn’t unlikely enough in the mid-1960s, seeing Keith Moon step out on Green Road and bellow to his mate Chris Ferguson must have blown the minds of the locals. “Yeh, Moonie was some character,” says Chris today, with due understatement. Read More…

They have been watching…

  Britain is the most watched society in the western world. More information is held about us than any of our European counterparts. There are thought to be 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain – that’s one for every 14 people. Bournemouth was the first place in the UK to get a large-scale outdoor surveillance system Read More…

Tyneham: The village where time stood still

Beneath the muck and dust of ages, Tyneham’s centuries-old farm is stirring. For nearly 65 years all that has moved through its stables and stalls are bats, creepy-crawlies and the odd range warden – but a new project is under way that will see these buildings restored and reopened. Not that it will ever be a Read More…

Anderton’s bowl of Cherries

While David Beckham chose to see out his playing days in LA, his one-time England team-mate Darren Anderton opted for DC Dean Court, that is. Last summer, the former Tottenham midfielder, whose career had been blighted by a series of injuries that would have finished a lesser athlete, found himself cast adrift without a club having Read More…