27 June 2005
When Bob Geldof announced that the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park would be on 2 July, I thought the date sounded familiar...
20 June 2005
In the early Eighties I took up residence in Finsbury Park. Just beyond the window of my bedsit, some women used to...
13 June 2005
According to research, most Britons still put on a telephone voice when answering or making calls, which goes against...
06 June 2005
It became known in my mind as "The Strange Affair of the Skoda Badge". One Friday last month I was deputised to drive...
30 May 2005
Down the local, I asked for a pint of Burton Bitter, which was on special offer at £1.65. I handed over £2, but the...
23 May 2005
It's difficult to raise children in our part of north London without them turning into supporters of this year's FA Cup...
16 May 2005
If you don't want me to look down on you, then don't say "God, yeah", "media-savvy", "from the get-go", "iconic", "what...
09 May 2005
My week was bounded by two social slights. At the start of it, I delivered a letter by hand to a well-known media...
02 May 2005
The general election is upon us, but so is the lawn-mowing season. I have the choice, in my garden shed, between two...
Lifestyle
25 April 2005
Amsterdam is a beautiful but strange city, seemingly run according to dictates laid down by Neil of The Young Ones. At...
18 April 2005
Is it snobbish to object to the star rating system by which most art forms are now graded in the press? I was reading a...
11 April 2005
In Camden, there are probably half a dozen shops where every item costs £1 or less. Some belong to chains, others are...
04 April 2005
I don't know much about my mother. She died when I was ten years old (I think), which would make the year 1972. Class-...
28 March 2005
I went into a coffee shop in glossy St John's Wood, in north London, and ordered a coffee, a sandwich and a cake. When...
Culture
21 March 2005
Straining, in my satirical novel Bilton, to come up with a preposterous name for a mid-market colour-supplement...

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