Bloomberg News/TV. Rock Critic. Editor. Author, All You Need Is Rock; Dictionary Rock&Pop etc. Fellow, Royal Soc of Arts. Opinions my own, RTs not endorsements.

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Column syndicated worldwide. I edit Muse copy over a wide range of topics and manage staff and freelances. I also worked for ITN, Sunday Times and Press Association. I read PPE at Oxford.

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Author Wayne Curtis Gives Rum's Role in U.S. History Its Due — Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- ``Rum is the history of America in a glass,'' writes Wayne Curtis, as well he might. His new book is ``And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails.'' Connoisseurs agree that rum has come a long way and had an influence beyond its humble origins.

Le Clezio's Nobel Throws Lifeline to French Culture: Mark Beech — Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- ``I was not at all prepared -- I was reading a book,'' said French novelist Jean Marie Gustave le Clezio of the moment he learned by telephone call that he'd won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mark Beech - Haiku at sunset — By Mark Beech Sun sinks to dissolve, An orange aspirin pill: Drink it in, kill pain.

Morrissey Moves on From Miserable, Discovers Libido in New CD — Steven Patrick Morrissey keeps on moving. The man who fashioned The Smiths albums, including some regularly voted by critics as among the best of all time, is now 10 CDs into a solo career. He has moved from Los Angeles to Italy -- and found happiness, love and lust.

Cat Stevens Returns as Yusuf With First Pop Album in 28 Years — The news that Yusuf Islam would headline the entertainment at a Dec. 11 Oslo concert in honor of the Nobel peace-prize winners was a surprise to those of us who thought the man who was once Cat Stevens (and before that Steven Georgiou) was just too pure for this world.

Scotland Faces Fight for Domain Name — Scotland has plenty to sort out as its people vote on their future: about currency, European Union, oil revenue and tax. Now there may be a different thorny problem -- from the world of technology. The country decides on Sept. 18 on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or declare independence.

Mark Beech - Object Lesson — By Mark Beech ... And I've only got this to say to you ... Realize "truth" is not always true, know life is "us" not "you" - know that some folks talk, others just do. Learn enough tongues to be a polyglot, polymath too, that's always hot - aim for the top and a real big shot.

Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury agree to contract extension — College Football Texas Tech and coach Kliff Kingsbury have reached an agreement on a contract extension through the 2020 season, according to a school spokesman. The extension reportedly will pay Kingsbury an average of $3.5 million annually.

Maryland suspends Levern Jacobs, A.J. Hendy for the season — College Football Two Maryland football players have been suspended for the season after violating the Student Code of Conduct, the school announced on Friday. Junior Levern Jacobs is listed as a starter at wide receiver and senior A.J. Hendy is listed as a backup at safety on the depth chart the Terrapins released earlier this week.

Nebraska Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini: Marijuana 'out of control' in society — College Football Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Friday that marijuana use is "out of control" in society and is a serious problem, according to the Omaha World-Herald . Pelini made his comments at the school's Big Red Breakfast fan event. They came in response to a question about modern challenges coaches face.
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Oct 21, 2014

Pistorius Starts Five-Year Jail Term for Killing Reeva Steenkamp via @BloombergNews

Oct 20, 2014

Oscar de la Renta, Fashion Guru to U.S. First Ladies, Dies at 82 via @BloombergNews

Oct 20, 2014

"I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t." W. Somerset Maugham

Oct 20, 2014

Huge response to my Brian Harvey Downing St tweet, rapper Jme @JmeBBK recalls Brian's calls to papers.. but what was in that ring binder?

Oct 20, 2014

Had voicemail from wellknown celeb journo seeking "inside story" on Brian Harvey "because you must know him, you wrote about him." Years ago

Oct 20, 2014

Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ war movie captures U.S. box office by @Anousha and @EDexheimer

Oct 20, 2014

Years ago I was on a books show with Howard Jacobson. He was warning about society. He takes it a step further in J.…

Oct 20, 2014

Cool gin, bank payment problems, Barroso warning, Royal baby date: news briefing…

Oct 20, 2014

A shoutout for my good friend Andrew Campbell @gourmond101 a source of information on everything from restaurants/retail, hotels, galleries.

Oct 20, 2014

Why gin is cool and how the designer of London's double-decker bus helped via...

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