Chris Kerr possesses an air of watchfulness, borne perhaps from looking out into Berwick Street from the cutting board which sits at the front of his Soho shop. The spectacles he wears are of heavy acetate, the navy suit fitted with little give, the whole look rounded off by black brogues and a metal watch.
In the final chapter of Castle Gay, John Buchan's second adventure with Glasgow grocer Dixon McCunn and the Gorbals Diehards, the author says his goodbyes. The villains, men with villainous names and at least one beard, Mastrovin, Dedekind, Rosenbaum, Calaman and Ricci are dispatched to their Ruritanian homeland in Evallonia.
Stamp's path through life could have been very different. For an East End lad growing up in post-war London, acting was not on the cards. "I left the East End quite early in terms of other kids my age. My mother made a terrible fuss, but my dad didn't mind at all. But if I was going to try acting, I couldn't have done it had I stayed at home."
Have you had a ride on the 50 Shades Of Grey bandwagon yet? Or is it a gravy train? It's hard to tell - the seats are all swings and the seatbelts are handcuffs. I'd ask the driver, but he's been told to keep zip.