Mack Emerman, who has died at the age of 89, was the founder of Criteria Recording Studios, where acts such as Eric Clapton, James Brown and the Bee Gees made some of their most famous records.
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Sunday 19 July 2009
I am writing this in an RV park somewhere in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.
Monday 13 July 2009
The publishing trade has always drawn strength from the smug refrain that "books are recession proof". Until now.
Friday 10 July 2009
In the week of the first ever Green Britain Day, I was fortunate enough to hear an exchange which captured, in an admittedly microcosmic way, the realities behind the energy debate. At a planning committee in Norfolk, one of two energy companies hoping to put up groups of wind turbines near Diss was applying for permission to erect a 60-metre wind-measuring mast. A councillor pointed out to the team of TCI Renewables that another firm, Enertrag Ltd, had recently erected a mast nearby. Was it not possible for the two firms to share the data?
Friday 26 June 2009
Clear, intelligent and often highly amusing, this study achieves something new in the voluminous literature on Stonehenge. Rather than adding to the interpretations, Hill explores what the stones have meant to observers over the centuries. Inigo Jones's Stong-Heng Restored (1655) ascribed it to the Romans. In 1675, Aylett Sammes insisted that it was a temple to Hercules, a god borrowed by Druids from visiting Phoenicians. Hill might be interested to know that this distant association continues in the West Country. It has suggested that clotted cream arrived with Phoenician tin traders.
Saturday 30 May 2009
Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne was embroiled in a bitter public dispute with a former bandmate today over royalties payments.
Thursday 28 May 2009
Mrs Robinson has been through gruelling surgery which has left her unable to see out of one eye. But the facial reconstruction was a success, and given the severity of her injuries, it's a testament to the skill of her surgeons that she emerged from the operating theatre with her face intact. But she is being rather prickly about it all. Which isn't that surprising, given that Mrs Robinson is a hedgehog.
Sunday 10 May 2009
Not for years has the FA Women's Premier League been able to boast of an exciting finish, but the climax to the season today could hardly be better. For once Arsenal, handicapped by defections to the United States and at least one pregnancy, have not run away with the title. They recently had an extraordinary unbeaten run of 108 League games ended by Everton, and must win the return match on Merseyside this afternoon to secure a sixth successive title and a 32nd trophy in 22 years as manager for Vic Akers, who is now retiring. Everton remain unbeaten, though they left it late in the penultimate game on Wednesday before Natasha Dowie scored a hat-trick in the last five minutes to see off the splendidly named Doncaster Belles. It will be a tense afternoon for Akers; he cannot attend the game as he will be on duty for Arsène Wenger's side at the Emirates Stadium, in his day job as kit manager. The Football Association are launching a semi-professional women's summer league from 2011. Meanwhile, watch out next season for Chelsea, who have finished as high as third for the first time by investing heavily. Sound familiar?
Tuesday 31 March 2009
Some northern Florida TV viewers won't be seeing a new variety show hosted by Ozzy Osbourne and his family.
Sunday 15 February 2009
Thursday 15 January 2009
Sharon Osbourne accepted a public apology and substantial undisclosed libel damages today over a newspaper claim that she was driving husband Ozzy "to destruction".
Friday 31 October 2008
Thursday 30 October 2008
Sunday 12 October 2008
In 1986, three young comedians called Harry Enfield, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie hit Channel 4 in a new series: Saturday Live. Twenty-two years later, Fry is a national treasure, Laurie is an American national treasure and Enfield has just caused an international diplomatic incident.
Friday 26 September 2008
Former Spice Girl Mel B is to auction the contents of her home, including treasured outfits and items from the girl-band era, after her move to the United States.
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