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  • Margaret Drabble on writing, walking and Bridget Jones

    September 14, 2014 Comments Off

    It’s not often I get nervous before an interview. Sir Richard Branson 30,000 ft over the Atlantic? He was more anxious than I was. Nigella Lawson via a crackly line on Boxing Day? An absolute dream. The Dalai Lama in a five-star Manchester hotel? A total pussycat.

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  • Where’s the Bacon Dip? Breakfast in America

    September 13, 2014 Comments Off

    The waitress was big, and looked scary. My partner, Bill, started ordering, but she told him to “shut up”, stared at me, and barked: “I’ll have your order first, Toots.”

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  • Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

    September 12, 2014 Comments Off

    Autumn is my favourite time of year.

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  • Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

    September 12, 2014 Comments Off

    Last week Keanu Reeves turned 50. Just let that sink in for a minute. Keanu Reeves. ‘Woah, dude! Excellent!’. Fifty. It’s enough to send you running to the nearest mirror gasping, ‘So, hang on… how old am I?’

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  • British Sea Power: true bearers of the flame of independent music

    September 12, 2014 Comments Off

    In these days when it’s hard to define exactly what constitutes ‘an independent band’ – is it the type of music they make, or the label they’re on, or their overall ethos, or what?

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