The cooks, the thief taker, the Olympians & the survivor

‘Tis the season to look back, apparently, so I’ve been looking back on some of the interviews I’ve done this year for the Sunday Telegraph. They include the cooks Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall neither of whom cooked me anything, unfortunately. A nice piece of cake was offered by Cormac Murphy O’Connor, former ArchbishopContinue reading “The cooks, the thief taker, the Olympians & the survivor”

‘I’m a bit star-struck by The Doctor myself’ Matt Smith

Oh, I was hopelessly, fanboyishly excited about this one. The Doctor! It wasn’t about meeting Matt Smith, the latest and youngest actor to play the Time Lord … it was the potency of the character, a hero since childhood. Took me right back to meeting Tom Baker at a carnival as a boy, and givingContinue reading “‘I’m a bit star-struck by The Doctor myself’ Matt Smith”

‘Why don’t I waive my salary as Prime Minister? I can’t afford it’ David Cameron

Their joint family wealth as a couple has been estimated at £30 million. ‘It’s guesswork. Unbelievable. It’s extraordinary. Look, we own a very nice house in London, and a house in the constituency on which we have a mortgage. Other than that we both earn good money and we have some savings. But I don’t wantContinue reading “‘Why don’t I waive my salary as Prime Minister? I can’t afford it’ David Cameron”

‘I’m not going to be doing this forever’ Tiger Woods

‘I’m not going to be doing this forever,’ says Tiger Woods. It takes a moment to realise what he’s saying. Great athletes can’t afford to contemplate failure, so they rarely admit that the end is in sight. But here is the most successful sportsman of our age returning my gaze with weary eyes and doing justContinue reading “‘I’m not going to be doing this forever’ Tiger Woods”

‘The Beatles were lucky to get me’ Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr looks at a photograph of his young self and laughs. ‘We didn’t know what was ahead of us. You never do. We didn’t think it would last.’ The black-and-white image shows the Beatles in suits in the early Sixties, waiting to appear on a television show. He’s not sure which one. Paul is whistling, GeorgeContinue reading “‘The Beatles were lucky to get me’ Ringo Starr”

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