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 04 August 2013
It is a constant lament that league cricket has taken a lot of the fun out of the amateur game, but this sparkling history of wandering sides, stuffed with good anecdotes, indicates that there are still many who enjoy playing friendly matches in the right spirit and with a smile on their faces. No fewer than 114 clubs are featured, many still going strong, some less so, starting with the most historic of all, I Zingari (The Gypsies), founded in 1845.
Saturday 03 August 2013
An insightful outsider's view of English public school? Well, almost
Friday 02 August 2013
In the long summer days Eleanor Doughty has discovered a new way to pass the time. Just don't tell the neighbours
Wednesday 31 July 2013
Mumford & Sons have complained that they are fed up with being "picked on" for being posh.
Monday 29 July 2013
More than one in four parents plan to hire tutors during the summer holidays, according to an organisation that offers online maths tutorials.
Tuesday 23 July 2013
Just 0.1 per cent of students on free school meals win places at Oxbridge, according to DfE figures
Monday 22 July 2013
One in 10 youngsters in Britain has a low sense of well-being, says Children’s Society
Exclusive interview with Hugh Robertson on Olympics legacy: Minister ‘delighted’– but facilities are still closing
Sunday 21 July 2013
‘No other host nation has ever increased the number of people participating’
Friday 12 July 2013
Is this the new Lucian Freud?
Monday 08 July 2013
Ratio likely to be even less than that for England's opening team in Ashes series on Wednesday
Theatre review: Private Lives - Jonathan Kent's rendition of Coward's masterpiece is the best in a decade
Thursday 04 July 2013
Gielgud Theatre, London
Wednesday 26 June 2013
In a feat of stunning oration, the Democrat spoke for half a day to stop an anti-abortion bill being passed in Texas. Just who is this loquacious heroine?
Play up and play the game, chaps... and push over anyone in the way: Sheffield school teams prepare to play football according to the 1858 rules
Tuesday 25 June 2013
The match is taking place at Hallam FC’s Sandygate Road ground – reputed to be the oldest in the world – to celebrate its history in the local community
Saturday 22 June 2013
Turnbull’s meeting with Frank Sinatra at the Savoy Hotel ended up in a late-night jamming session
Friday 21 June 2013
Sir Michael Wilshaw tells parents and teachers that schools must to more to help the less fortunate
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
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