One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?
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Sunday 01 December 2013
A sideways look at the world of music
Saturday 30 November 2013
Literary prescriptions for modern ailments
'The only thing she wanted me to perceive is that she is happy': Sister reunited with alleged London 'slave' victim after more than 40 years
Friday 29 November 2013
Kamar Mahtum had not seen her sister Aishah Wahab since 1968 but flew in from Malaysia after hearing that she had been released from 'a Maoist sect'
Wednesday 27 November 2013
Former activist claims charismatic leader persuaded female followers to put him before their own families
Monday 25 November 2013
Both were arrested last week, accused of keeping three women as domestic slaves
Wednesday 13 November 2013
From Swinging Sixties salons to unisex fashion, this stylish show made the cut
A local solution to energy bills, a new word, a farewell to floral designs and a phantom at the opera
Sunday 13 October 2013
Michael Fallon, the Energy Minister, has advice for customers angry at SSE's whopping 8.2 per cent hike in fuel bills: switch to another firm. In one of the more nakedly cynical moves by one of the Big Six, the nation's second-largest energy company is putting up bills by an average of £111 a year three weeks after Ed Miliband pledged to freeze prices if elected.
Friday 27 September 2013
100-seater The Clink promises 'unforgettable experience' at Brixton jail
London's last ever home for less than £100,000? Rundown Brixton studio flat goes on the market for just £99,500
Wednesday 28 August 2013
In a city where a single parking space was valued at £300,000 earlier in the month, this Brixton studio has been put on the market for less than six-figures
Tuesday 30 July 2013
A man with knife allegedly killed one woman and injured two others in a stabbing rampage with children metres away.
Sunday 07 July 2013
Noël’s voice rings true in elegiac prose
Thursday 27 June 2013
Fatai Rolling Dollar was a guitarist, percussionist, singer and songwriter. In a career that spanned some 64 years, he did a great deal to popularise highlife music in Nigeria, especially during his most active period in the 1960s and 1970s. He emerged in the 1950s but subsequently suffered three and a half decades in the wilderness before making a comeback, topped off with guest appearances on Tony Allen's 2005 album Lagos No Shaking.
Community support officer sues Metropolitan Police for discrimination after she didn't mention criminal record on job application
Sunday 16 June 2013
Rachida Sobhi claims she did not reveal her criminal record due to amnesia
Police treatment of the mentally ill case study: Sean Rigg died after being restrained with 'unsuitable force'
Friday 10 May 2013
Sean Rigg, a musician who died shortly after being arrested by police, had a 20-year history of mental illness.
Monday 22 April 2013
Gabicci first found favour with the ‘casual’ scene of the 1970s. Now it’s celebrating being back in fashion, says Paul McKenzie
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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