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Kate Mossman is the New Statesman's features editor.
To produce each issue of Strong Words, which contains around a hundred book reviews, Ed Needham works seven days a week, with just one Sunday off in every six-week press cycle.
James Lovelock, the prophet of Gaia, has just celebrated his 100th birthday. At home in Dorset he talks about climate change, green politics, the mysteries of existence, the resilience of the Earth – and falling in love in old age.
Something I've noticed cooks often say is: “You can keep it in the fridge in a Tupperware and have it every night and every day at work too if you want.” That speaks for itself.
Behind the hearse, and beyond the downcast relatives, the Mardi Gras Indians danced
It is always the case that the further you get from songs you thought were bubblegum, the more classy they feel.
It’s thought that men are worse than women at writing sex scenes because they’re afraid of being nominated for the Bad Sex Award.
The big thing to know about The Karate Kid is there’s not much karate in it. There’s even less karate in Karate Kid II.
His daughters think Axl Rose is woke.
His success with the Happy Mondays dissolved into debt, drug addiction and a 12-year battle with lawyers. Then all his hair fell out. But Salford’s great survivor got away with it.
Bell was an openly gay pop star “bubbling up from Boy George and Jimmy Somerville”, in an era when pop stars weren’t openly gay.