‘I’d prefer my mother still to be alive’ Peter Mandelson

He’s very cool, Lord Mandelson of Hartlepool and Foy. In the sense of never getting over-heated. Except this time. ‘You may think it’s funny and cheap to make snidey remarks about how I could afford to live where I do. If my mother had not got Alzheimer’s and hadn’t died, I wouldn’t be able toContinue reading “‘I’d prefer my mother still to be alive’ Peter Mandelson”

‘Are you saying God is a myth?’ The Archbishop of Westminster

I find it hard to be lectured on sex by a celibate, but then I’m not a Catholic. Isn’t it just possible that everything he does is based on self-deception? That there was no God nagging him on the terraces and his calling was just the fretting of a teenage boy overwhelmed by hormones andContinue reading “‘Are you saying God is a myth?’ The Archbishop of Westminster”

‘I grew up in a war zone. I know how lucky I am’ Nemanja Vidic

You expect arrogance from the captain of Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, a lavishly paid football star and one of the best defenders in the world. But you don’t get it. ‘Am I late? Five minutes. I’m very sorry. Here I am.’ Vidic arrives in a massive Mercedes SUV with tinted windows, of the sort that usually hasContinue reading “‘I grew up in a war zone. I know how lucky I am’ Nemanja Vidic”

‘I apologise to Britain’ Jools Holland

Jools Holland broke one of the great taboos in 1986, by telling the viewers – live at tea-time – to tune in or be ‘ungroovy fuckers’. There was uproar and he was suspended. Times change. A few years ago a poll of broadcasters named it among the 50 Most Gripping Moments In British Television History. YouContinue reading “‘I apologise to Britain’ Jools Holland”

‘A Tarot card reader told my Mum she’d have a world famous baby’ Michael McIntyre

‘I was brought up to believe I was really something quite special,’ says Michael McIntyre. Many of us are, by loving parents, but this was more intense. It started before he was even born. ‘My mother was a young, impressionable 19-year-old walking down the street near her home in Kensington one day when she passed a bookshop,Continue reading “‘A Tarot card reader told my Mum she’d have a world famous baby’ Michael McIntyre”

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