❚ CATCH UP WITH MARTIN KEMPguesting on today’s Saturday Kitchen, a cookery show in which he chatters away to the host James Martin who’s rustling up the grub. They warm up deciding “food hell” for him is beef — “I never eat it. I just don’t see it, not that I’m worried about eating beef but in my mouth it feels like a piece of rubber.” Martin gets into his stride around the 28-minute mark when a really genial conversation ensues. Talk ranges from his homegrown tomatoes, to appearing on Jackanory at the age of seven, playing video-games with his son and his new life as a film director. Inevitably he gets in a plug for his psycho-chiller, Stalker, that opens next month. “It’s horror in an old-style gothic way, something along the lines of Single White Female. It’s not how many ways can you murder someone within five minutes. It’s a real story and a great piece of acting…”
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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
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- 35 years since Band Aid’s monster Christmas single and the 80s ceased to swing
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- 2019 ➤ Ever wondered how Rusty Egan does what he does?
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- ➤ After his Spandau ordeal, singer Ross shakes off the blues
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