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RIP Terry Venables (1943-2023)

27th November 2023 · Uncategorised

RIP Terry Venables (1943-2023)

Footballer, manager, writer, singer, Dagenham boy Terry played for Chelsea, Spurs, Queens Park Rangers and (briefly) Crystal Palace between 1960 and 1975. He then managed Palace (winning the Division 3 and 2 titles in successive years), QPR (winning Division 2), Barcelona (winning the Spanish league title) and Spurs (winning the 1991 FA Cup). He took over England in 1994 and guided them to the semi-finals of the Euro 96 tournament, where they lost on penalties to Germany.


My Best Friend – RIP Ben Buchanan

10th September 2023 · Uncategorised

Last night I lost my oldest and dearest friend, Ben Buchanan. He slipped away shortly after 11pm, with his beloved Maria, Max and Penny at his side. I said my goodbyes to him a few hours earlier.


In Praise Of Ageing Handymen

25th July 2022 · Uncategorised

What do you do when your elderly parents have had the same handymen all their lives and now those old family retainers are reaching retirement age? An unfortunate event sets Tim Cooper thinking glumly about a rather different future. Read here. (more…)

Wood$tock ’94 – The Standard

12th August 1994 · Uncategorised

Anniversary rock festival puts money before love by TIM COOPER

A ROCK festival without drink and drugs? It sounds as unthinkable as Royal Ascot without the hats. But today, 25 years after the first and most famous celebration of sex and drugs and rock and roll, Woodstock ’94 will go down in history as the first puritan rock festival.