Port de Soller, Mallorca

Daily Mail – 8 June, 2019

For decades I’d thought of Mallorca simply as bikini scattered beaches, noisy discos, much revelling, and rampant romancing. And, if that’s what you want on holiday, I expect there’s a lot of it to … read more

Ella Fitzgerald

Plump and homely, Ella Fitzgerald wasn’t beautiful. Nor did she wear sexy, clingy outfits that flaunted her thighs and curves. And, never one to submit to confessional interviews, what love-life she had wasn’t ever made a matter for public discussion, … read more

The Last Days Of The Beatles

The Last Days Of The Beatles

Daily Mail – 2.2.19

When Paul McCartney announced in April 1970 that he had no plans for working with the Beatles the world fell in on him. ‘PAUL QUITS BEATLES,’ ran newspaper headlines around the world.
And, overnight, the most … read more

John Lennon, Yoko and Me

John Lennon, Yoko and Me

Sunday Times Magazine, December 9, 2018

One afternoon I was sitting with John Lennon in the kitchen at his Tittenhurst Park home in Berkshire when he asked me if I’d written his obituary yet. It was 1970, and amused, at … read more

Macca at the Cavern

Macca at the Cavern

Daily Mail, July 2018

The place won’t have looked the same, that’s for sure. Not the way it did when Paul made his debut at the Cavern with the Beatles at lunchtime on February 21, 1961. It can’t, because it … read more

So We Lost…

So We Lost…

Daily Mail, July 2018

So, that’s it. We lost. England won’t now be in the final of the World Cup on Sunday and Croatia will meet France. We’re disappointed. Of course, we are. But what an incredible ride our team … read more

Paul McCartney Gets Back to Liverpool

Paul McCartney Gets Back to Liverpool

Daily Mail 23.6.18

When Paul McCartney was a teenage boy dreaming of greatness he would sit on the loo in his father’s council house on a Liverpool estate, play his guitar and sing. With that slight bathroom echo of lino … read more

Me and My Hollyhocks

Me and My Hollyhocks

Daily Mail, June 2018

Someone broke the growing tips off two of our hollyhocks last week. For some wanton reason he or she stopped on the West London pavement outside our front garden, leaned over the fence and removed the … read more