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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Doors Self-Destruct; Bowie, Simon Excel on Lost Tapes — June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Things were going badly for the Doors, packed into a tiny Hollywood rehearsal room. It was late 1970, and Jim Morrison was drunkenly talking of becoming a full-time poet. Their long-term producer Paul Rothschild had walked out in disgust after the first ragged sessions, saying the band was veering toward cocktail jazz.

Blur Fans Weep as Band Signs Off With Instant Album — Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- This is the age of the instant album. Blur had only just finished what may be its last ever show and the machines were cranking out a digital download. Today, we can hear the result online. Next week, the two-CD version will be in shops.

Lady Gaga, Princess Diana Beaten by Byron in Celebrity Stakes — Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- If you're looking for someone to blame for Lady Gaga, Madonna and Britney Spears, go back to 19th-century actress Sarah Bernhardt, who made headlines with her love life and traveled with a pet lynx. Celebrity painters such as Andy Warhol are the heirs of Joshua Reynolds; Tiger Woods and Richard Gere follow Lord Byron.

Vodafone Investigated by Ofcom for Billing, Complaint Handling — Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Vodafone Starts Broadband Service in U.K. to Compete With BT — Vodafone Group Plc started a fixed-line Internet service for its British home market as the mobile-phone operator seeks to prevent users from switching to bundled offers from competitors such as BT Group Plc. The Vodafone Connect broadband package provides speeds as high as 76 megabits per second, and the new project will create 400 jobs, Jeroen Hoencamp, head of Vodafone's U.K.

American Pharoah wins Belmont to be first Triple Crown winner since 1978 — ELMONT, New York-After 37 years, racing has a new story line. Blessedly. Thankfully. The emotion was very real. The cheering, the sustained din of 90,000 fans at Belmont Park for American Pharoah as he crossed the finish line as the 12th Triple Crown winner in racing history in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday was in sharp contrast to the way all the air had seemed to leave the place so many times in the last 19 years.

Deutsche Telekom Rises on Report of T-Mobile-Dish Merger Talks — Deutsche Telekom AG shares advanced on a report that its T-Mobile US Inc. unit is in talks to merge with Dish Network Corp. The purchase price is unresolved, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the negotiations.

Moneysupermarket Falls 11 Percent on U.K Competition Inquiry — Group Plc shares fell as much as 11 percent after the price comparison website said the U.K. energy regulator was investigating whether to include it in a competition probe. Moneysupermarket was trading at 275 pence a share at 8:39 a.m., down 10 percent, giving the company a market value of 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion).

Bloomberg Briefs — The retail share plan would allow people to buy as little as £250 of Lloyds shares and earn bonus stock for keeping their investment for more than a year. Prime Minister David Cameron is fulfilling an election promise by the Conservative Party that recalls the privatisations of Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s.

WPP’s Sorrell’s $65 Million Proposed Package ‘Wholly Excessive’ — WPP Plc is facing anger at its annual meeting over Chief Executive Officer Martin Sorrell's 43 million-pound ($65 million) proposed compensation, as shareholder groups criticized the payout. Sorrell's compensation is "wholly excessive" and "extremely outsized" compared with his peers in Europe and the U.K., shareholder advisory group Glass Lewis said in a report.
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Jul 06, 2015

Garrick Club London votes against admitting women members.

Jul 06, 2015

Bad LP cover of the day. Strangely they weren't as successful as Abba

Jul 06, 2015

Big night for the Garrick Club tonight with a vote on whether to admit women.

Jul 06, 2015

Ice cream cake sandwiches? Well there's the Magnolia Bakery in NY. Here's seven picked by @tejalrao via @business

Jul 06, 2015

Lazy Buffett Gives $2.8 Billion to Hard-Working Philanthropists via @business

Jul 06, 2015

Greek showdown; 7/7 tribute; Boris on tax; free BBC for over-75s confirmed: news briefing…

Jul 06, 2015

Strongly recommended: Summer season opera LaTraviata at Winslow Hall Buckinghamshire. Some tickets still available.

Jul 06, 2015

Watch it: Forget the Reverso, here's a quirky American Bulova with a surprise under the hood @business @SJPulvirent

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