Anthony Clavane

Anthony Clavane is an award winning writer and sports journalist. His most recent book, ‘Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?’, is published by Quercus.

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A born-again Mr Nice guy

Not another Seventies revival. Not another Steve Harley comeback. Just when you thought it was safe to hang up your satin flares, wipe off your mascara, put away your yellowing set of Jim Allen novels and squeeze your authentically-scratched version of "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)" back into the tightly-packed, glam-rock section of your record collection, along comes The Full Monty soundtrack featuring all those not-quite-so- young dudes.

Review: What a lark, ascending to fame

He is an ordinary man, seen going about his humdrum job - yet millions of TV viewers have taken him to their hearts. Jeremy Spake takes it all in his stride, but tells Anthony Clavane that fame's a fickle game, and he won't be caught on the hop when Anne Robinson turns her steely gaze upon him.

Ta-ta heroin, hello teacakes

The ex-junkie performance poet John Cooper Clarke has cleaned up his act, become a dad and gone to live in Colchester. He may have a brilliant future behind him, but you've only to look at him to see he's not finished yet.

Music: A pitch from the home town

Radio 1's Steve Lamacq hit the headlines with the all-swearing, all-bragging interview with the Gallagher brothers and is changing music tastes with his `Evening Session' show. So what is he doing in the Legends Lounge at Colchester United? Anthony Clavane finds out.

This is about nasty, difficult, miserable people you find in offices - sounds familiar?

Nightmare colleagues come in many types, but management theory says that they are classifiable, and there is a way to deal with them all.

A kindergarten kitchen

Egon Ronay is supporting a new culinary trend: enfants cuisine

The 24 Seven Guide: Let's hear it for Reg Varney's barmy army

The truth is out there, in Walsall and Stanford-Le-Hope, for followers of Noggin the Nog and David Duchovny. Be it Gerry, Gillian or Pamela, somewhere there's an Anderson Appreciation Society for you. Anthony Clavane enters the obsessive domain of cult TV land

The 24 Seven Guide: Let's hear it for Reg Varney's barmy army

The truth is out there, in Walsall and Stanford-Le-Hope, for followers of Noggin the Nog and David Duchovny. Be it Gerry, Gillian or Pamela, somewhere there's an Anderson Appreciation Society for you. Anthony Clavane enters the obsessive domain of cult TV land

The 24 Seven Guide: Always on my mind

On the 19th anniversary of Presley's death, it's now or never for the enormous band of Elvis tribute acts. Anthony Clavane tiptoes around the blue suede shoes

We're only here for the beer

As the Campaign for Real Ale goes in search of new members, preferably without beards, Anthony Clavane offers a taste of the summer's most full- bodied beer festivals
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