DANTEmag editor. Rock critic/broadcaster. All You Need Is Rock author. Forbes, ARTINFO contributor. Ex-Bloomberg. Fellow, Royal Soc of Arts.

Column syndicated worldwide. I write about art and culture, for Artinfo; music industry, for Forbes; luxury and lifestyle for DANTE, which I edit; rock music for everyone!. I previously was Bloomberg' rock critic and Muse global team leader. I also write books. I previously worked for ITN, Sunday Times and Press Association. I read PPE at Oxford.

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Review: ‘Much Ado’ Turned Into Showy Catwalk at Selfridges

uk.blouinartinfo.com — "Much Ado About Nothing" hasn't been done quite like this way before. Attackers blast out with Tasers; news bulletins interrupt the action with breathless headlines ("BENDICK SAFE"); and the final celebration comes with a blast of David Bowie's "Let's Dance." But this production's unique selling point is its venue: London department store Selfridges.

Willy Wonka, Waco Kid Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

blouinartinfo.com — Gene Wilder, the Hollywood actor who starred as Willy Wonka, Dr. Frankenstein and the Waco Kid among dozens of roles, had died at the age of 83. The star finally succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's Disease at his Connecticut home, his family said in a statement.

Bluesky Thinking

mark-beech.tumblr.com — By Mark BeechSo deep a pure cobalt,Clear blue water and clearer horizonsDefying all logic,Because this a British bank holidayWhen according to the lawThere should be grey depressionDrizzle and doomSomehow there is a cartoon cloud just hanging over meBut positive thoughts may chase rain awayAs the sun burns off competitorsTo dazzle the land with white heatAnd tantalise with a glittering prize,A late Olympic medal for us all.

Frank Ocean's Independent 'Blonde,' On Apple Only, Hits Top In Britain First

forbes.com — Frank Ocean is having the last laugh as his new album Blonde hits the top of the charts - with the U.K. placing just confirmed and the U.S. thought likely to follow shortly.

‘Just Like That!’: V&A Acquires Comedian Tommy Cooper’s Collection

uk.blouinartinfo.com — London's Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired the archive of Tommy Cooper - the British comedian known for catchphrases such as "just like that!" The V&A now has more than 116 boxes of Cooper's collection, along with 24 props and posters.

Soccer Star George Best’s Rolls-Royce for Sale: ‘The Rest I Squandered’

blouinartinfo.com — A Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow once owned by one of the greatest stars of soccer, George Best, is coming up for auction. The 1972 car, to be offered by H&H Classics in the UK on October 12, was one of a fleet of luxury vehicles owned by Northern Ireland's Best, who was one of the first celebrity players.

Top 8 Movies Coming Up in Fall 2016: Dr. Strange to Star Wars and Harry Potter

blouinartinfo.com — The year 2016 has been a productive one for impressive movies, from Steven Spielberg's "The BFG" to Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" - not to mention critically-acclaimed works such as "A Bigger Splash" and "High-Rise." The best may be yet to come, with the traditional rush of autumn films on the way ready for the holiday season.

Auction Houses Cheer Record Jaguar, Shelby as Dealers Sound Note of Caution: Analysis

blouinartinfo.com — This month's series of classic-car sales in California had the sellers celebrating a string of records. RM Sotheby's had a Jaguar and a Shelby Cobra that became respectively the most expensive British and American cars at public auction. Gooding said it had its best two-day sale including a Ferrari for $18.2 million.

Interview: Devonshire Club CEO Clivaz Picks Best of British

blouinartinfo.com — London has a new private members' club to compete with the best. The Devonshire Club opens its doors this month after a renovation of a former East India company warehouse and adjoining Georgian house in the City financial district. The cost is put at £25 million (about $33 million.)

‘War Horse’ Puppets to Aid Charity in Bonhams Auction

uk.blouinartinfo.com — The puppets that were central to the success of the West End hit play "War Horse" are now being pressed back into service at Bonhams - to help charity. Anyone who saw the larger-than-life figures will never forget them, and next month it will be possible to buy your own.
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