Interview with Vince Cable MP for The Richmond Magazine

Rarely does a politician garner the kind of popular acclaim enjoyed by the Rt Hon Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lauded as the man who predicted the global financial crisis, and esteemed for his tough talk on banking reform, Lib Dem Cable punches far above his […]

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Yvonne Arnaud’s James Barber

Barely a square inch of paintwork is visible behind the traffic of tour promotions and artwork on the walls of James Barber’s office. The veteran artistic director of the Yvonne Arnaud is as much a part of the architecture today as the bare concrete pillars supporting Guildford’s cherished riverside theatre. With drafts of the new […]

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Sam Loxton vintage jeweller

Vintage and antique jewellery are very much in vogue. With renewed interest in the 1920s – thanks to the latest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and ethically inclined purchasers opting for classic artisan pieces – is it any wonder that a band of young guns is now swelling the ranks of the antique jewellery […]

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Tips for children’s authors

The best part of babysitting (for me at least) is the bedtime story. My friend’s little girl agrees, boasting her very own baby Bodleian, chockfull of enchanting reads, typically about barnyard animals solving some moral conundrum or other. But occasionally, as I begin to nod off mid-sentence to the 5-year-old’s emphatic complaint, I find myself […]

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McLaren at 50

Bruce McLaren removes his helmet and retraces his steps, examining the debris strewn on the otherwise pristine Goodwood racetrack. The hopeful, dreamy sunshine is broken only by the rising black smoke from the stricken Can-Am sports car in which, just a few moments earlier, he had died. It is June 2, 1970. “What might be […]

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Meeting Tom Watson MP

It is not every day that you meet a political celebrity, and certainly not one from your hometown. Factor in the ability to rattle the cages of powerful institutions and numbers positively dwindle. However, in my case the exception to this particular rule is Tom Watson, MP for West Bromwich and deputy chairman of the […]

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Turner in Twickenham

Shrouded by yew trees steadily eating away at its foundations, an obscure little property peers out onto Sandycoombe Lane. With its grimacing windows and peeling paintwork, the faded St Margaret’s house hints at nothing beyond the routine currency of decay. But the faded impression is a trick of history’s light. For Sandycombe Lodge was a […]

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Fashion scrum

Injury for professional sportsmen can cause more than physical trauma. Robbed of the usual training routine and principal creative outlet while convalescing, athletes can suffer boredom and a sense of lost identity. Not Chris Brooker though. Teaming up with girlfriend Dominique Arthur, the Harlequins hooker has used his months in absentia to launch his own […]

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Marti Pellow plays ‘Che’

Marti Pellow, frontman of iconic British pop group, Wet Wet Wet, seems an unlikely candidate to play a wholly dissimilar icon, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. But in a growing stage career, in productions spanning the West End and Broadway, the Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer songwriter has exhibited a radical vocal range, so why […]

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A chat with Richard Wilson

Glued to my parent’s old Ferguson set and its meagre four channels, I watched my fair share of 90s television. Chris Evans hosted The Big Breakfast and Cilla Black taught us not to be so fickle. But no one on the box quite seized the national psyche like the grumbling misanthrope, Victor Meldrew. So it’s […]

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