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…

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…

Paul Weller 19:05:2008

Opera House, Boscombe ARMS aloft in acclaim of what had gone before, mile-wide grins cracking their exhilarated faces, those that stayed were in rapturous communal praise of a very rare treat – a second encore from an obviously equally joyous Paul Weller. The uncomplicated cover of All You Need Is Love crowned a very special 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…

Sly & the Family Stone 2007

Opera House, Boscombe James Brown worked harder and longer, George Clinton put on bigger, wilder shows, but nobody working the funk-rock lodestone was madder or badder than Sly Stone. It’s no exaggeration to say he changed the course of modern music, taking a pinch of white and pinch of black to make a movin’, groovin’ flavour. Read More…

Al Pacino

Al Pacino, I mean Al Pacino… Al-flaming-Pacino is talking to me… It’s March 2000 and he’s in the Dorchester Hotel at the press junket for his new movie, Any Given Sunday, a muscular sports drama from director Oliver Stone set against the backdrop of the American football industry. Pacino plays ageing coach Tony D-Amato who Read More…