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Paul McCartney at 70

The perfectionist in Paul McCartney won’t have enjoyed it, but, with his voice scratchy and strained, he sounded and looked exhausted as he closed the show at the Diamond Jubilee Concert a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps, though, his tiredness … Continue reading

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Looking At History Through The Top Ten

History can be studied in many ways. While last weekend’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla was a traditional Royal spectacle, another quite different way of looking at the recent past could be seen at Monday night’s Buckingham Palace concert. Then music drew … Continue reading

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Robin Gibb 1949 – 2012

Robin Gibb  1949-2012 (I was away when Robin Gibb died and a shortened version of my obituary for him appeared in the Daily Mail on May 22. Here is the full version.) He was the gaunt Bee Gee, the one … Continue reading

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How Terribly Strange To Be Seventy

You don’t realise that you’re knocking on a bit until some delectable young woman on the Tube stands up and offers you her place. “What, me?” your smile tries to joke, as you pull yourself immediately more athletically upright. “No … Continue reading

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Why The Pop Girls Top The Rich List

You only had to see the audience, predominantly female, swaying and singing together in their massed legions at Adele’s televised Royal Albert Hall concert last week, to know where the big money is in young British pop music these days. … Continue reading

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Sons Of The Beatles – Don’t Do It, Boys

There are many advantages in having a supremely talented and successful parent. Money is rarely a problem, and family access to those who might be helpful in a career cuts a lot of corners. But, when Paul McCartney’s only son, … Continue reading

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That Sgt Pepper Cover, 2012

When the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released in 1967 at the very height of their fame, it was a wonder of its age – and not only for its songs. Almost as important was … Continue reading

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How To Make A Monster Flop

There’s something eerie about sitting perfectly alone in a large cinema. It’s as though something terrible has happened somewhere else and you are the only one who doesn’t know. That’s how it felt this week, anyway, as I bought my … Continue reading

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Regrets And Pipe Dreams

Show me the person who has no regrets and I’ll show you either a devil or a saint. But most probably I’ll show you someone with absolutely no imagination. Because having regrets, that ability to look back at our lives … Continue reading

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Boys On Bicycles and Lathom Hall

We had no idea when we clambered into Lathom Hall as fourteen year old schoolboys that we were trespassing in what was left of one of the “finest Palladian houses in the country”, as Catherine Ostler informed us in the … Continue reading

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