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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Mark Beech - Full circle — By Mark Beech Another year down whatever color the leaves, green gown or golden crown

Roundhouse lights, Specials concert — I was only a few feet from the band (photos posted) so here I decided to do something different and shoot the London venue's roof lighting as they played.. a glimpse of Terry, Horace and fine new lead guitarist Steve Cradock of Ocean Ocean Scene etc near the end.

Argue With Ecstasy — By Mark Beech Dried up dons labouring long on their thesis, They never found the grail, never had a kiss : They asked me to argue, try to argue with this. They are blind, cannot see, cannot argue with ecstasy... .

Tyler Perry: Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius speaks to the possibility in every life — Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. This year we asked a select group of people from outside the staff to offer nominations for that honor. Tyler Perry's selection was Oscar Pistorius, and he explains why below as told to Bryan Armen Graham.

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.
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Nov 26, 2014

Hi @TanErten asked if I plan a best albums of 2014 list? In some form. In 2013 there were more than 1,000 requests to @BloombergNews for one

Nov 26, 2014

Do They Know It’s Christmas may be knocked off U.K. No.1 this week, just 1,500 copies ahead of Take That’s These Days…

Nov 26, 2014

London dining: Quaglino's makes glamorous return -- Bryan Ferry-style dancing on tables optional @RichardVines

Nov 26, 2014

"The pen is the tongue of the mind." Miguel de Cervantes

Nov 26, 2014

Bags to riches: Alligator at $73,000 tops Christie’s sale via @BloombergNews for those who missed by @frederikbalfour

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. dining review: Minero is Sean Brock’s new shrine to Mexican food in Charleston by @tejalrao

Nov 25, 2014

Ta to PRs for the Tears for Fears reissues, though I do like this Mad World cover more, remember this? Good film too…

Nov 25, 2014

Paris chef brings Le Chateaubriand flavor to London via @BloombergNews by my now-verified colleague @Richardvines

Nov 25, 2014

Philip Glass Complete Piano Etudes performed by Maki Namekawa debuts today at#1 on iTunes Classical Chart: cool stuff

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