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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Saturday 26 January 2013
It was hard not to feel sympathy for Nick Clegg when he was asked on his radio phone-in this week about plans for his eldest son's education. With Antonio's transfer to secondary school looming this autumn, the Cleggs face the choice all parents face at this stage: not just which school to choose but, if money allows, whether to go state or private. The dilemma is particularly sharp in London because of the shortage of places and – despite the big improvement in the capital's schools – because of the gap between the truly excellent and, frankly, not so excellent.
Thursday 24 January 2013
The fundraiser is the first known political fundraising activity by Zuckerberg
Thursday 24 January 2013
Comedian-turned-author, turned-comedian again, Alexei Sayle was rather hoarse for his first proper standup show in seventeen years.
Wednesday 23 January 2013
February half term is crunch time for ski holiday bookings, particularly in the French Alps, which is the UK's most popular destination for ski holidays. With good snow conditions, next month looks like it will be very busy indeed.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
India play England in the fourth one-day international tomorrow morning
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Sweeping reforms include background checks for gun purchases and ban on assault weapons
Sunday 13 January 2013
Life: not plain sailing, even if you're rich
Friday 11 January 2013
Those looking for amusement in the dreariness of the winter news could do worse than follow the progress of the racing pundit John McCririck's lawsuit against his former employer, Channel 4. Like many public figures who pride themselves on their political incorrectness, the studiously eccentric former bookmaker has ended up taking refuge in the very culture he has always mocked. Citing a breach of his human rights, he is claiming £500,000 for "unfair, career-damaging public humiliation" and a further £2.5m for what he calls "the feared scourge of our society" – ageism. McCririck is 72.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Just over 30 years ago – when I first started reporting on education – it was all about giving women equal opportunities and encouraging them to apply to university. There was concern that too few had the aspiration to go on to higher education or were likely to opt for economically important subjects such as science and engineering.
Sunday 06 January 2013
In what is quintessentially a team pursuit, the goalkeeper is an anomaly, the one player left in isolation for much of the game, "aloof, solitary, impassive", in the words of Vladimir Nabokov, one of many literary figures to have stood between the posts.
Wednesday 02 January 2013
A third of the money the Government spends on overseas aid should be diverted to the military budget so that Britain’s armed forces can respond better to natural catastrophes like earthquakes and tsunamis, a right-wing policy institute argues.
Sunday 30 December 2012
The search is on to find three Justices to fill vacancies in the Supreme Court
Sunday 30 December 2012
Up to £10m a week is spent by taxpayers on funding child benefit for private school pupils – or as much as half a billion pounds a year, it emerged last night.
Saturday 29 December 2012
This winning account of football's troubled sentinels covers the park, from myth to tactics
Friday 28 December 2012
Teacher Kevin Leatherbarrow holds a licence to carry a concealed weapon and doesn't see anything wrong with arming teachers in the aftermath of the deadly Connecticut school shooting.
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'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
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Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
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