BENEATH the streets of a south-east London suburb can be found an extraordinary and mysterious network of tunnels, hewn from chalk and in total more than 20 miles long. Welcome, … Continue readingDown in the caves with Hendrix, Bowie and Doctor Who
This was their first hit, reaching No 43 in Britain in 1964. It was written by Ellie Greenwich and Tony Powers.
ONE of the many joys of our bird feeder is a visit from a flock of long-tailed tits (Aegithalos caudatus). You usually hear them before you see them with their … Continue readingCaring, sharing long-tailed tits
IT WAS with sadness that I learned of the death of John ‘Tex’ Hennessey, a good friend and former colleague on the Daily Mail. Tex was a sports sub-editor who doubled … Continue readingThe one and only Tex Hennessey
This lovely 2013 album track was written for Buffett by Mark Knopfler, who also supplies guitar.
MY husband Alan, who walks a lot further every day than I do, says there are more nettles than usual this year. In fact the miracle is that the country … Continue readingGrasping the nettle
Live from the Gulf Coast in 2010, one of Jimmy’s earliest and best numbers.
A performance in his beloved Key West in the final year of his life.
Beginning a salute to Jimmy, who has died at the age of 75, here is the song that turned him into a billionaire by spawning a business empire including clothing, … Continue readingJimmy Buffett: Margaritaville
A WHILE ago I waxed lyrical about Nearest and Dearest, a prime example of the ‘so bad it’s good’ school of TV comedy. From across the Atlantic, here comes another, the toe-curlingly … Continue readingMarried . . . with malice