• 3 Aug 2016

    Better known as Christine and the Queens, Héloïse Letissier’s self-styled brand of “freak pop” played to rave reviews at Glastonbury.

  • 11 Jan 2016

    The incredible creative life force that was David Bowie

    Bowie was emblematic of my generation. He was revolution, rebellion – even in a time when we all rebelled against the given order.

  • 18 Mar 2014

    L’Wren Scott’s death: let’s pause – but not to gawp

    The death of L’Wren Scott is not a moment to peer into private grief but a time to reflect that everyone we meet is fighting secret battles.

  • 4 Sep 2013

    Play off: Spotify and Ministry of Sound in legal battle

    Music-streaming website Spotify is being sued by the Ministry of Sound which accuses it of allowing its users to rip off its money-generating compilation albums.

  • 16 Jul 2012

    A curtain raiser to the greatest show on earth

    “From the very outset the crashing power of the opening bars announced something portentous – almost as if inaugurating the Olympics themselves.”

  • 3 Feb 2010

    A fishy musical linguine delight

    Despite my best efforts, the eleven minute dash on my bike from the studio after last night’s Channel 4 News to London’s Royal Festival Hall, only graced me with the echoes of the last chords of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto. To have missed Daniel Barenboim’s exuberant performance so closely, felt like an act of sacrilege.

  • 24 Sep 2009

    Get ready for Fourplay

    Block yer ears. Shut yer eyes. Krishnan and I and our able friend Mara Carlyle, are in preparation for tonight’s Newsroom’s Got Talent competition (no danger of any of us winning – we’re just ensuring that we can actually appear at all at Vinopolis in the Borough Market). It’s a contest between the BBC, Sky,…

  • 29 May 2009

    Dinky toys, from Winchester Cathedral to Camden

    The item on the rarest Dinky toy in the world on last night’s Channel 4 News gave me a pang of nostalgia as I glimpsed my beloved Dinky car transporter (not the actual one, but the model) on the right of screen in Nick Glass’s report. When I was seven years old my mum and…

  • 4 Feb 2009

    Peggy Sue Got Reinterpreted

    I don’t often get to sing on Channel 4 News. But last night, stirred by the appearance of Alvin Stardust on the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death, I found myself doing just that. Mr Stardust had a guitar which dated from his own encounter with the bespectacled rock legend. And the rest is replay.