"People still try and emulate John Peel," says David Gedge, leader of The Wedding Present and one of the last true survivors of the British music scene of the 1980s. "His work as a musicologist put everything into context."
If Edwin Brock had been thirty years younger than me rather than thirty years older than me, would I have advised him to earn his crust by writing advertising copy at the behest of people like me? The heck I would.
There was a time when a dip into any Premier League line-up would produce a veritable smorgasbord of stars who you'd not only want to cheer to victory, but could imagine sharing a pint with. Whatever happened to the 'characters' of football? And can we get them back?
Football is commonly referred to as the beautiful game. Whilst to me this seems rather comical on account of the fact that my side - Glasgow Rangers - are often involved in what can only be described as scrappy, unattractive tussles.