A.A. Gill


Even in his grimmest hour, Adrian Gill managed to be very funny:

“Someone should write a paper on the euphemistic size comparisons for tumours. There should be an esite, Euphotumours. The images are very masculine: golf balls, cricket balls, bullets, grenades, ruminant testicles. No one ever says, ‘I’ve got a cancer the size of a fairy cake’.” See his final piece in today’s Sunday Times.

I knew Gill only to shake his hand and exchange the occasional pleasantry, but he was as impressive in person as he was on the page. He seemed to be doing okay 10 days ago, so the news yesterday morning felt very sudden and very shocking. The thought of his nine-year-olds losing him two weeks before Christmas is too much to bear.


Cheltenham Festival x 2


San Francisco: A Portrait Of A City

Honoured to be revisiting the hazy daze of Haight-Ashbury (and North Beach) in the august company of the great (Barry) Miles… at the Times Cheltenham festival.

Fri 7 Oct 2016 8:30pm – 9:30pm, The Inkpot, Imperial Square

Also yakking about genius and dysfunction in the life of the head Beach Boy with Will Hodgkinson and Lisa Verrico…


Brian Wilson: A Life

Sun 16 Oct 2016 12:30pm – 1:30pm, The Sunday Times Garden Theatre



Just a wide spot in the road that’s sunlit, silent:

you just standing there, you illuminated,

hands jammed in your jeans.

I fixed the moment with my phone

so see it still as in a dream.


We found a gift store on a bend

and wandered through it sniffing things.

I stood beside a roaring bear stuffed years ago

and bought a pointless room spray

made from balsam fir.


It sits at home, reminds me of that place

where we just had each other and were free,

where London did not call

and it was you and it was me.


David Enthoven R.I.P.


Incredibly sad news just in that DAVID ENTHOVEN, one half of E.G. Management with John Gaydon (King Crimson, Roxy Music) and half of I.E. Management with Tim Clark (Robbie Williams, most famously) has died after being diagnosed only days ago with liver cancer. “Big Dave” was one of the loveliest, warmest, kindest, smartest people I’ve ever met in the music business, and a lot of us are going to miss him terribly. It was a joy to know you, man. My heart bleeds for all your loved ones.