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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Silver linings: Festival No.6, 2013

While the weather did its best to ruin the superb Festival No.6 in north Wales, GQ took shelter with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Father Ted director Declan Lowney, culminating in a Q&A on Sunday evening at Portmeirion’s majestic Piazza stage Words Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2013 On The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan’s lavish 17-part cult spy series of 1967,…

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Fjällräven Kånken backpack: Too cool for school

By Lee Gale GQ.co.uk, 2012 One of the main problems with casual fashion is that the Iberian peninsula and, by association, South America, holds too much sway over the way the British currently dress. Where once our fashion pointers were derived from All Creatures Great And Small, golf or WWII armed forces, today’s High Street hotsteppas…

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Get it in the mixer! Fatboy Slim on DJing at the Amex

After phenomenally successful Big Beach Boutique shows on the pebbles of Brighton seafront, Fatboy Slim makes a hometown comeback with Big Beach Bootique 5, two nights of DJ goal-lagging at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium GQ.co.uk, 2011 Slashing rain, and Brighton & Hove Albion in their new Amex Stadium are running out of viable…

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Ohm is where the heart is: Karl Bartos on life post-Kraftwerk

GQ.co.uk, 2013 “Rick Waller? Fat fella on Pop Idol? Yeah, he was great. Kraftwerk? Never heard of them. Were they dancers on Britain’s Got Talent?” It’s easy to say there’s no hope for civilisation when educated people in top jobs speak this way. The ideal solution would be to take these ne’er-do-wells into a study, reach for…

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Joy divided: an interview with Peter Hook

Feuds, addiction and beautiful bass lines – muscle-bound Salfordian Peter Hook discusses his new Joy Division memoir Unknown Pleasures, his plans for a New Order book and how his lawn-raking technique mirrors his low-slung playing style  GQ.co.uk, 2012 For 32 years, there has been an otherworldly mist shrouding Joy Division, a lingering pall blanketing the…

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The Hard Sell: Indesit Moon

The Guardian’s The Guide, 2007  You’d need to know New Order’s back catalogue with McWhirter-like obsession to realise that the soundtrack to the Indesit Moon washing machine commercial is Hey Now What You Doing from the 2005 album Waiting For The Sirens’ Call. New Order and white goods – let’s Hoover up the irony. I…

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One Last Thing… Bernard Sumner

Kraftwerk in pants, and a grade two back’n’sides: there’s nothing Bad Lieutenant’s Bernard Sumner regrets, he tells Lee Gale

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Champion Sound: Andrew Collins

The bit of the website where someone of sonic sophistication supplies a selection of serious dance-floor stompers. YOUR DJ 2-NITE! Andrew Collins, writer and broadcaster “I rarely DJ any more outside of family gatherings, but could. When I sold my entire vinyl collection for practical reasons in 2005, I held on to my 7” singles,…

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Brighton rock: The Great Escape festival

By Lee Gale Seagulls pinching chips from kids is one thing but swiping a cheese-and-onion sandwich from the hand of a ravenously hungry adult is a dangerous new development. A flash of feathers and a flap of webbed feet and it’s off. To add insult to injury, a punch aimed at the departing bird goes…

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