Category: “Arts

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 […]

A rare venture into poetry – and yet another outlet for my madness

Posted on 2 August 2011 | 9:08am

After yesterday’s guest blog on happiness, today I turn to the subject of madness, more specifically my own. I was approached a few months ago and asked to write a poem for a book being prepared by Bovington Middle School in Dorset, to raise money both for the school’s English deparment and for Help for […]

Why Max Clifford hates David Cameron, why Wayne Rooney’s callgirl likes me, and why Mark Lawson is right about culture

Posted on 30 May 2011 | 12:05pm

I hope I’m not giving away Nicky Campbell’s trade secrets when I reveal that yesterday’s BBC Big Questions about the existence or otherwise of heaven was recorded live, and next week’s about the press was recorded immediately afterwards. I know, as the saying goes, because I was there. Trade Secret 2 . . the panellists […]

A day in Barcelona and a lovely BA crew – better than any chill pill

Posted on 1 April 2011 | 7:04am

Despite the OTT tweet activity yesterday, I can assure you I am not on the payroll of the Barcelona Tourist Board (though I would happily be so if it meant more time spent there). Actually, though I say OTT, if anything my tweets extolling the beauty of the airport, the stylishness of the city, the […]

Royals owe one to the film people

Posted on 14 February 2011 | 8:02am

I think that despite the risks of Jonathan Ross saying something daft, and despite the risk of speeches over-running, the Beeb should rethink coverage of the Baftas and go for it live. Yet another example of how twitter is changing the world. Even though everyone knew the King’s Speech would clean up, the excitement of […]

Nick Clegg can have my painting of him for nine grand

Posted on 12 December 2010 | 10:12am

If I have mastered the technology correctly (said the nervous non cyberwarrior) then if you click on here you will see my debut in political art. Art and I never got on at school, possibly because we had an art-teacher who had a temper that was even worse than mine. But when I was asked […]

Hoping to race to Number 1 in the Chinese bestsellers’ list

Posted on 17 October 2010 | 8:10am

What with fundraisers, festivals, speeches, interviews, inquiries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not to mention life on websites, twitter, Facebook and the like, I spend a lot of my time answering questions. Which means it is quite rare to be asked a question I have never been asked before. So many thanks to a man called […]

Special Audience With Kevin Spacey

Posted on 6 October 2010 | 4:10pm

A night of joy and genius with Kevin Spacey, and a warning to the Tories

Posted on 4 October 2010 | 6:10am

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Special Audience fundraiser with Kevin Spacey last night. Thanks to Melvyn Bragg for being such a superb interviewer. Above all thanks to Kevin for ninety minutes of joy and genius. My daughter went with some of her drama classmates. Rarely have I seen a group of teenagers […]