I heard it through the grapevine

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Gladys Knight doesn’t have pancreatic cancer and isn’t on the verge of dying, whatever the hysterical press coverage of Aretha Franklin’s funeral might say. This is wonderful news, as I’m going out of my way to see the Empress of Soul perform in Hyde Park next week. I wasn’t always a fan, but after stumbling upon […]

Return to Wigan Pier

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I was in Wigan the other day – a flying visit, really – for a weekend of events to celebrate George Orwell. Eighty years on from The Road to Wigan Pier‘s publication, townspeople, local dignitaries and the Orwell Society were putting on a show. Several, in fact. Though I was snowed under with work, I’d […]