Category: “Arts

Excitement mounting amid countdown to seminal life-changing cultural event

Posted on 27 August 2012 | 12:08pm

The excitement (mine) is mounting … Not quite to the peak of the day I trotted out in front of 72000 people at Old Trafford with Diego Maradona (I never talk about it as regulars know) and three other World Cup winners as team-mates … Nor even an excitement to match election days 1997, 2001 […]

Olympics good place to take stock of primacy of strategy over tactics and reality over PR

Posted on 31 July 2012 | 11:07am

With apologies to Gorkana, who interviewed me a while back, and to whom I said I would post the interview when they ran it, here it is a few days late. They chose to run it on the day of Danny Boyle’s brilliant Olympics opening ceremony, so in common with many others on the planet, […]

Bruce Springsteen on depression and the economy – a guest blog from Elvis

Posted on 26 July 2012 | 7:07am

I have introduced you before to my friend Mark Wright, a Labour activist and Elvis impersonator. He does however have an even bigger musical passion than The King, namely The Boss, and alerted me to an interview Bruce Springsteen has given to The New Yorker, in which he talks about his father’s mental health problems […]

My first ever rebuttal of a sex scene after Fifty Shades of crap Guardian editing

Posted on 7 July 2012 | 4:07pm

Unsurprisingly, Guardian readers have been rubbishing my so-called sex scene in today’s paper, where I was one of several writers asked to try to turn on women with words and so further help fuel the incredible Fifty Shades of Grey publicity campaign. As EL James’ S and M trilogy continues to break all records, and […]

Great time on The Wright Stuff, and why I am renaming my diaries Fifty Shades of Power

Posted on 26 June 2012 | 11:06am

I must admit to being a bit grouchy with Random House publicity for getting me up for another early start in order to spend much of the morning as a panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. I am not a daytime telly kind of person … Yet I really enjoyed it, not least because […]

Could POSH become to Cameron’s government the satirical tag that SPIN became to TB’s?

Posted on 25 June 2012 | 5:06am

An edited version of this piece appears in today’s Independent. I have italicised the bigger chunks not in the Indy for any of you who may have read it already, so you can skip to those bits! Also quite interesting for journalism students to see what the sub-editors decided could hit the deck as they […]

POSH – just a play? Or a real problem for Cameron, Osborne and Johnson?

Posted on 10 June 2012 | 10:06am

First things first, and a quick line the producers of POSH can use in any publicity should they wish to … ‘topical, relevant, well-written, well-cast, well-acted and very thought-provoking.’ As to what I really think about it, even a good night’s sleep has not settled the answer. Perhaps that is the sign of a good […]

On diaries, ebooks, kindles, twitter, life, death, my friend Philip, Steve Jobs’ legacy and meeting Ralph Fiennes)

Posted on 25 January 2012 | 6:01am

I am trying my best to get used to this ebook thing, having ‘a book out’ but with nothing to give to friends, nothing to sign for people who ‘buy’ it, no physical product to point to as you talk about it. So last night, when I was talking about diaries with fellow diarist and […]

Weird agreements break out on The Big Questions, and with Joey Barton

Posted on 22 January 2012 | 12:01pm

Despite feeling like death warmed up on waking – am on antibiotics for a chest infection and anti-depressants for Le Chien Noir – I enjoyed the BBC Big Questions debate. I know Nicky – no relation – Campbell inspires mixed views, but I think he holds the ring in live, and lively debates, really well. […]

Do we make enough of the benefits to tourism of the film industry?

Posted on 30 December 2011 | 12:12pm

During a week in the Scottish Highlands it has rained for a good part of every day. Yet I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this part of the world for any holiday, at any time of the year, even when the midges are biting. I’ve got the bike with me, and have […]