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“Fifty Shades of *****” and much more – Noel Gallagher’s epic rant against fiction

GQ magazine has an interview with Noel Gallagher and the interviewer Danny Wallace covers the subject of books (Wallace is an author with at least four books to his name) with the former Oasis star. I’ve included the book-related portion of the interview below. I think there are 24 swear words in this section alone. […]

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Review of Sound Bites: Eating on Tour with Franz Ferdinand

Food and music – a good combination. Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand is a former kitchen porter, chef and kitchen washer upper from Glasgow. In 2004, his rock band Franz Ferdinand enjoyed a series of hits and embarked on a world tour. As Kapronos toured the world, he toured the world’s restaurants and wrote about […]

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Things Fall Apart writer Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist credited with helping to develop African literature, has died at 82. Achebe wrote novels, poetry and essays, and is most famous for his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10 million copies and is one of the great novels of the […]

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Tracey Thorn’s pop memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen

My next literary purchase will be Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn – the singer of Everything But The Girl. The Telegraph carries a review. ‘Once upon a time, and quite out of the blue, when I was least expecting it, I had a huge worldwide hit single,” writes Tracey Thorn in Bedsit Disco Queen, […]

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Rod Stewart’s autobiography…not bad apparently

The Guardian reviews Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart. Last night on the radio, they played Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? It brought back a lot of memories of Kenny Everett parodies. December 1978 seems like just the other day. In shocking news, this book doesn’t seem too bad. Apparently, Rod’s best chat-up line is […]

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Eric Sykes dies at 89

Actor, scriptwriter and comedian Eric Sykes has died at the age of 89. That’s sad news. He was definitely part of my childhood during the 1970s with all those sitcoms. Bless Hattie Jacques too. He was also loved by earlier generations than mine. He wrote radio comedy for the likes of Frankie Howerd, Tony Hancock […]

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Manchester City, Ipswich Town and the Sex Pistols

What’s the link between Manchester City, Ipswich Town and the Sex Pistols? Well, Malcolm McLaren, the manager of the punks, placed ads promoting the Pistols in match-day programmes for Man City versus Derby County and Ipswich Town versus Liverpool on 4th December 1976. Three days before these two games, the Sex Pistols swore on Thames […]

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