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Born in the USA, Larry Adler, 84, has enjoyed a long and distinguished international career as a harmonica player. He is also a writer and currently has a column in the 'Oldie' magazine. Larry has been married twice and has four children and lives in north London. Peter Stringfellow, 57, was born in Manchester. He came to London in 1980 and, with his style and business acumen, quickly established himself as a successful night-club owner in London's West End. He has been married twice and has two children and two grandchildren

AFTER DARK: Dancing to a new beat

It's impossible to calculate how many column inches have been written about club culture over the past few years. Journalists have written essays on every subject, from DJs to promoters, and dress codes to bouncers. But few have focused on one essential component of clubbing... dance.

Interview: John Bird: From the street to City Hall: the first mayor of London?

Until now, the only hat definitely in the ring for Mayor of London has been Jeffrey Archer's shiny topper. His campaign team is already chasing about glad-handing anyone in sight. The rest of the possible party candidates are more circumspect - won't say yes and won't say no. But putative Tory rivals include Chris Patten, Steven Norris, Alan Clarke, David Mellor. On the Labour side candidates may be Ken Livingstone, Glenda Jackson, Margaret Hodge, Tony Banks, and The Independent's own Trevor Phillips. Then there are a few non-party names - Fred Housego, Richard Branson and Peter Stringfellow.

The New Toryism as preached by Michael Portillo

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This lad won pounds 11million. Guess who bought the drinks?

Karl Crompton won the lottery. He has been nice to his mum and dad, bought the flash toys and been on the flash holidays. But life lacks the challenge it had when he was an assistant manager at Comet. And it'd be nice to buy a round now and again.

Barbie: from career woman to bimbo in a generation

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Queer goings-on in Clubland

The stuffy establishments of St James's have a gay rival, reports Andrew Tuck

kid cachet

Question: What do Peter Snow, Clare Short, Imran Khan and Bill Cosby have in common? Answer: They have all been approached by this season's latest fashion accessory - someone claiming to be their love child.

City+: The Temp

A depressing week. Sometimes you encounter these lulls, even in the middle of the summer when there is supposed to be loads of work. By Friday, there hadn't been a peep of work all week. So when Maxine rang from an agency I had long since given up on because of the awful nature of the work they seem to specialise in, I was actually glad to hear from her.

I work for Peter Stringfellow

Pat Jay is PA to the night-club owner

Snakey's the man to keep cold winds at bay

"So what you are saying," she said, "is that you went out for a night on the town with a draught-excluder."

Party on! You're only thirtysomething

Drink, drugs, clubs - some people just don't grow out of it, says Eleanor Bailey

More dance than brass

Why are Britain's premier brass band performing 1980s dance music? Because Jeremy Deller, an artist who gave away chat-up lines in Stringfellow's nightclub, begged them to.
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