Zaha Hadid: Farewell to the Starchitect

Sad to hear of the sudden death of Dame Zaha Hadid, superstar of architecture, design genius and hugely formidable character. We met in her London office just before the 2012 Olympics, for which she designed the magnificent Aquatic Centre. Here is that encounter, as it appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, in tribute to a womanContinue reading “Zaha Hadid: Farewell to the Starchitect”

“Killing Steven Hawking would not be good!” Richard Branson on dyslexia, fidelity & taking his mates to space 

Tough guy to interview, Sir Richard Branson. He’s polite, smiles a lot, gets down to it quickly without any small talk and comes up with snappy answers most of the time, with an ear for a good quote, but you often get the sense it’s just another brief encounter for a man whose life isContinue reading ““Killing Steven Hawking would not be good!” Richard Branson on dyslexia, fidelity & taking his mates to space “

So long, and thanks for all the laughs: Terry Wogan’s last interview

Ah, Sir Terry. The old gent. I went to interview him at home last year and he was every bit as charming as you might hope. The piece appeared in October and sadly it turns out to have been his last interview. The conversation was surprisingly candid, we did talk about his own end becauseContinue reading “So long, and thanks for all the laughs: Terry Wogan’s last interview”

Eddie The Eagle Flies Again

The inside story of how a man who risked his life for a dream – but was seen as a joke – became the subject of an inspiring film. ‘I remember Eddie the Eagle as a bit of a joke,’ says Dexter Fletcher, the actor turned director who admits that at first he didn’t really want toContinue reading “Eddie The Eagle Flies Again”

The Invisible Man: Searching for the Reclusive Stanley Baxter

I have been writing for the Independent on Sunday for more than 20 years, but the edition that appears on Sunday will be the last. Thinking about that took me back to my first major feature for the IOS, commissioned as an act of reckless faith by the editor Ian Jack and Richard Askwith, whoContinue reading “The Invisible Man: Searching for the Reclusive Stanley Baxter”