Jimmy Savile

The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle

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Sometimes a face gatecrashes the public consciousness with such force that the imprint of the image acquires an immortal permanence; the owner of the iconic countenance in question remains fixed as that face way beyond the point at which the individual recedes into irrelevance and succumbs to mortality. Even when they were frail little old […]

September 25, 2015

The Collapsing Crucible

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Something very interesting has happened in the past few months. Johnny may have come lately, but he’s here at last. Beyond the bunkers that have sheltered common sense from an incessant shower of bile fired by obsessive insomniacs for three years, the merciless grip of fear is beginning to slip. An agenda that has precluded […]

September 1, 2015

The Single File

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Bachelor is still a word that conjures up a certain antiquated cool; it evokes images of glamour, both in the surroundings a bachelor knows as home and in his swish sartorial uniform. One thinks of convertible sports cars, jet-setting to Paris, Venice and Rome, casinos, a Martini shaken and not stirred, one-night stands with beautiful women and […]

August 11, 2015

Art Imitating Lies

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Artistic licence is an often necessary aspect of turning life into art. Unless the subject under the biographer’s microscope has recorded every waking moment of their life, there are inevitable gaps the imagination needs to fill. Most of the time, there are enough known moments already covered that can suggest the likely outcome of an […]

June 10, 2015

The Sunday Post: Eye Weren’t Even There, Guv!

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Richard Ingrams once described Peter Cook as a conservative anarchist. The one-time editor of ‘Private Eye’ also regarded himself as such; it’s a canny label that expertly summarises the curious contradiction inherent within those sons of the establishment who made a career from mocking it in the 1960s and 70s. ‘Private Eye’ was never, say, […]

February 22, 2015