Doctor Jack Preger

Doctor Jack Preger & Calcutta Rescue remembered. Doctor Jack Preger has a slightly twisted sense of humour and I hadn’t been in Calcutta long before I was on the receiving end. Driving through the city in what was then a twenty six year old Jeep (and for all I know, Jack’s original steed is still…… Continue reading Doctor Jack Preger

Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge Meetings with one of the greatest essayists of the last century. In my youth, I turned on the television to find Michael Parkinson interviewing some gnarled old chap I’d never seen before. Another guest shortly appeared, singing the praises of America and how generous the people were to him, a ‘poor Englishman’. With…… Continue reading Malcolm Muggeridge

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Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors Flat Boy Jim I saw tennis as a game for pampered wimps, until the day I watched Jimmy Connors play, on a school trip to a local tennis tournament. With a mile-high chip on his shoulder, and flat groundstrokes with which he bludgeoned the opposition, Jimbo left an indelible impression on my cocky,…… Continue reading Jimmy Connors

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Northern Soul 1

Northern Soul: A Personal History Notes from the epicenter of Northern Soul’s Big Bang It’s not often I can pinpoint what I was doing on a given date, let alone one from forty odd years ago.But I have near-perfect recall for the 23rd of September 1973, which is the morning Wigan Casino opened its doors…… Continue reading Northern Soul 1

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Northern Soul 2 – The Drugs

Northern Soul – The Drugs Tales of illicit derring-do, from the DDA of Northern Soul’s pharmacy. I stayed drug-free at my first few Va Va Northern Soul all-nighters. I’d got attached to a girl from Macclesfield, who was similarly determined not to disappoint her parents, and over following Friday’s, when we started to feel sleepy,…… Continue reading Northern Soul 2 – The Drugs

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Northern Soul 3 – The Dancing

Northern Soul 3 – The Dancing Notes from the Sprung Maple Dance Floor of Northern Soul’s Big Bang. The most groundbreaking element of the Northern Soul phenomenon was/is not the music: no, the music existed before we found it, and cannot be replenished unless current Black American artists take a(nother) vow of poverty, and aspire…… Continue reading Northern Soul 3 – The Dancing

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