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 23, 2014

"Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/ where ignorant armies clash by night" - Matthew Arnold, Dover Beach.

Nov 23, 2014

Adam Ant's band @adamaofficial sounded good tonight and he's in fine voice. Good to see his continued return.

Nov 23, 2014

Adam Ant @adamantofficial rocks London like it's 1978. Or something

Nov 23, 2014

At Adam Ant show @adamaofficial -- Dandy highwayman and Marie Antoinettes everywhere at Islington Assembly Rooms.

Nov 23, 2014

Four scores One Direction third consecutive UK Official Albums Chart Number 1…

Nov 23, 2014

Four scores One Direction their third consecutive UK Official Albums Chart Number 1…

Nov 23, 2014

Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? at No.1 on UK Official Singles Chart with 312,000 sales.…

Nov 22, 2014

Re Pere Ubu success in another world, @McHaleKR notes Eno said imagine a universe where Michael Bolton is labelled an avant-garde fringe act

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