A tale of two cinemas

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times there’s a tale of two cinemas being played out in Westbourne that owes its plot to both. One is a highly visible relic from a bygone age, the other an underground echo of past glories that’s finding its voice again. Time was when even Read More…

Why Dorset’s Alright Alright Alright for Ray

It’s the sound of summer, one of the world’s best-known songs with more than thirty million copies sold and this month marks the 45th anniversary of Mungo Jerry’s In the Summertime topping the UK singles chart, a feat it repeated as far away as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. Read More…

Remembering Jackie Leven

There are many far better qualified than I am to write tributes to the one they called Jackie Leven, but my own testament is no less sincere. The few times we met he was always gracious and garrulous in conversation, as generous with his ears as he was with his tales, however tall they may 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…