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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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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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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Village people

When Brodsworth Colliery closed in 1992, the community spirit of nearby Woodlands in Doncaster was seemingly lost forever. But as the finest example of a workers’ village in Britain celebrates its centenary, Lee Gale discovers that a little yellow booklet has locals talking to each other again  Yorkshire Post, 2007 “Hello love, June’s ill!” shouts […]

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Prince doesn’t like Motörhead: a review of Sziget 2011

Budapest’s annual music festival is better attended than Glastonbury but chances are you’ve never heard of it. It’s planned as a British gathering which is why Sziget feels like a home away from home. It even has bobbies on the beat… By Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2011 Now in its 19th year, Sziget in Budapest is […]

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Station to station: in praise of a reborn King’s Cross

With its problems of prostitution and drug-dealing, King’s Cross in London had reached the end of the line, but £3bn of investment and an influx of artists and creative minds are changing the perception of this former no-go zone By Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2013 In the not-too-distant past, when trains operated in pizzazz-free “rail blue”, […]

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