Who’s right: Arsequake, Joy Orbison or Norman Jay MBE?

There are more daft DJ names than ever out there in clubland. But are they guarantees of a good time or surefire signifiers of the bedroom tryhards? The Guardian’s The Guide, 2010 Punters glanced incredulously towards the decks as the Jam’s Thick As Thieves zipped out of the speakers at 45rpm instead of 33. The […]

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Big-cat diary

Lee ‘Lewis’ Gale is on the prowl with a 1964 Jaguar Mk II GolfPunk, 2004 With multi-million pound heists back in fashion, it’s a sign of the times that our safety-conscious crooks are choosing Volvos as their getaway cars, a vehicle more closely associated with school runs and caravanning than villainry. You can’t help thinking […]

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Last fraction hero

From its beginning 150 years ago, TAG Heuer’s designs have been influenced by sport, but its association with Scuderia Ferrari and the inspired employment of a down-on-his-luck motorcycle racer gave Tag Heuer the edge in timekeeping By Lee Gale GQ promo, 2011 Since Formula One’s inception in 1950, there has never been a dead heat […]

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Johnny Marr: guitars, haircuts and football

By Lee Gale Jack, 2003 Everyone’s favourite guitarist has turned vocalist with his new band Johnny Marr And The Healers. Singing? How did this come about? We catch up with the former Smith at the swanky Hyatt Regency Hotel in Marylebone, London

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John Gorman eyes Non-League role

By Lee Gale The Non-League Paper, 2004 “Arrghh! Armed raiders steal masterpiece” it reads on the front page of The Mirror. The theft of The Scream from Oslo’s Edvard Munch Gallery is big news, but Interpol should look no further than the kitchen of John Gorman. On a sheet of A4 the former assistant manager […]

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Ravenously Hungary: Sziget 2013

Blur, Franz Ferdinand and The Cribs defy a Budapest heatwave at one of Europe’s more relaxed festivals By Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2013 It’s a wonder of the modern age that you can arrive at the entrance of a major European music festival quicker than it takes to drive from London to Glastonbury (factoring in traffic […]

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Squadron leader

You owe your freedom to the Avro Lancaster, a four-engined World War II aircraft, and the crews who flew it. Here we pay homage to the glorious dam-busting, Tirpitz-blasting, viaduct-smashing bomber Jack, December 2003 Story by Lee Gale  If it weren’t for the Avro Lancaster, you might be reading the opening line to this story […]

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One last thing… Graham Fellows

The Guardian’s The Guide’s great, lost, back-page interview from 2009! This interview was dumped when the newspaper’s cultural diary was overhauled – but now, here it is! It’s fantastic to see your character John Shuttleworth back on telly, the first time since Europigeon (1) in 1998.I’ve just made some TV and radio ads for Yorkshire […]

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I’m not a number, I’m a free Manc!

The inaugural Festival No.6 in North Wales mixes Sixties spy drama with the better elements of indie rock. Despite the rough red wine and absolutely miserable weather, it proves an outstanding, curiously British, cultural gathering By Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2012 Taking the paranoia of Patrick McGoohan’s The Prisoner and adding Britain’s foremost purveyors of rock-dance crossover – […]

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Prize fighter

Mail On Sunday, 2010 In autumn 1940, as the Battle of Britain raged, Luftwaffe commander-in-chief Hermann Göring gazed across the Channel towards Dover’s white cliffs and asked German fighter ace Adolf Galland what he’d need to defeat the RAF. “Eine Ausstattung von Spitfires für meine Gruppe (An outfit of Spitfires for my group),” was Galland’s […]

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