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Kitchen Blackboard: 1

Wherever I’ve gone and lived in my life, I’ve said to people “oh, we should have a kitchen blackboard to write notes and things on”, so instead of saying to each other “when is Dougie coming round with them ferrets?” we would know just to look at the board – “police...

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The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: 1

This is me sitting on an old sofa in the communal gardens on the canal side of Bristol Gardens, London in, maybe 1980. I forget who the photographer was – maybe Rachel Calhoun, Doll By Doll guitarist Joe Shaw’s wife at the time. Anyway, I can tell it’s a woman because...

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The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere: 2

I was trying to describe a funny kind of mental gloom that can befall the best of us for a magazine interview last week, and I was struggling to think of an example, even though I was clear (but inarticulate) about the nature of the gloom. There was a newspaper open...

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Be My Friend: MARTIN OKASILI

MARTIN OKASILI Martin and me met through having the same music biz lawyer, the one and only Simon Long (Collins Long). I don’t actually remember our first meeting, and I haven’t spoiled this by asking Martin, but I do remember receiving an early copy of an album he...

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Be my friend: MAXIMILLIAN RYNISH

Friends are sometimes baffled, if not disturbed, by how much I enjoy a telly programme called ‘Air Crash Investigation’. It’s a series of investigations into different airplane crashes, as the name suggests, all based on genuine crashes, with reconstruction of the...

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