‘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”

‘If we go into a ditch, we won’t walk out alive’ Chris Evans

‘Shall we take out the Testarossa?’ The offer was hard to refuse. The world’s most expensive Ferrari was away, but Chris Evans did have a white-and-blue 1957 250 GTO to play with. It’s a replica, ‘only’ worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, but it still felt like sitting on a rocket. We eased out onto theContinue reading “‘If we go into a ditch, we won’t walk out alive’ Chris Evans”

‘Yes, I have a young girlfriend. It seems perfectly natural to me’ Bryan Ferry

‘Well, I have a young girlfriend, yes,’ says Bryan Ferry. ‘I know it’s against the law.’ Not quite – she is a grown-up – but the age difference between them is a hefty 36 years. ‘I don’t like to talk about it. It just seems perfectly natural to me.’ Suave, elegant, composed: these are words thatContinue reading “‘Yes, I have a young girlfriend. It seems perfectly natural to me’ Bryan Ferry”

Rommel with ballet shoes: what it’s like to take tea with the man thrown out of the BNP

Richard Barnbrook, who won a seat on the Greater London Assembly for the BNP, is now being expelled from the party after an attempted coup, according to a report in today’s Guardian. I took tea with him at his home in Dagenham two years ago, for the Independent on Sunday, and it was a remarkableContinue reading “Rommel with ballet shoes: what it’s like to take tea with the man thrown out of the BNP”

‘There are important reasons for staying alive’ Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson leans back in the captain’s chair on board his £18 million racing yacht, as Formula One cars tear along the Monte Carlo quayside just a few yards away. He puts his shoeless feet up on the control panel and – would you believe it – yawns. ‘Sorry,’ he says, grinning. ‘I had aContinue reading “‘There are important reasons for staying alive’ Sir Richard Branson”