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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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.

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.
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Oct 30, 2014

So @stephenfry at Garrick spoke eloquently of Wilde, Waugh, Wodehouse and drugs. He could have continued all night.

Oct 30, 2014

Chateau Petrus 1982 at $60,000 Leads Bordeaux Charge at U.S. Wine Auction via @BloombergNews

Oct 30, 2014

"Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen." Conan O'Brien

Oct 29, 2014

Asian Art in London week starts today: auctions, exhibitions. Will be interesting after Frieze, Fiac demand levels.

Oct 29, 2014

Mercury, Grammy and Rock Hall of Fame millstones/ miscarriages of justice get a chapter in "All You Need Is Rock."

Oct 29, 2014

A taste of the Mercury winners Young Fathers. Will they go the way of previous tips Speech Debelle and Roni Size?…

Oct 29, 2014

For what it's worth I liked Damon Albarn most for Mercury, with Anna Calvi, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, FKA twigs not far behind.

Oct 29, 2014

Young Fathers win the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Turn up for the books, or twitter anyway.

Oct 29, 2014

In response to many requests here's the meme pic of "foldable dog, able to pack away into small places for storage. "

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