On BBC Radio 6 Music, Jarvis Cocker returned to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to meet up with author Nick Hornby. They discussed the forthcoming album Share More Air, a unique song-writing collaboration between Nick’s Ministry of Stories and 56 children aged between 8 and 13 years old. The musicians involved include Ben Folds, Benjamin Francis […]
Kids at the Ministry of Stories have been writing lyrics, and professional musicians, most of them from the Communion label, have set them to music and recorded them. Artists include: Matthew and the Atlas, Foreign Fields, Emily Barker, and an old friend of mine, who chose Zayed’s ‘The Enemies’…Matt Lucas is a purely random bonus. […]
Gary McKinnon is the 43-year-old man who hacked into various US military networks, including NASA, from his home in Wood Green in North London, because he was convinced that the US government has been hiding information about UFOs. McKinnon has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome by Britain’s leading authority on the condition, Simon Baron-Cohen, and […]
An extraordinary and almost certainly unique opportunity to purchase a pair of my old underpants has probably escaped your notice, unless you saw the attractive picture of them in last Saturday’s Guardian magazine. You can, if you wish – but only after you have made a foolishly generous bid for mine also attempt to […]
Happy New Year. Mine began with a visit (uninvited) from a Mail On Sunday journalist, who rang on my doorbell on a Saturday morning because she wanted me to talk to her about the tragic death of John Travolta’s son. As I have never met John Travolta or his son, I declined to comment, perhaps […]
Last week I went to talk to fifty-odd teenagers who’d gathered at the Roundhouse to take part in various activities laid on for them by the Spinebreakers website. These young people had been writing and making films and music and God knows what else, and it seemed to me that they’d been having a great […]
The Arsenal v Chelsea game on Sunday was a strange experience. The game was dedicated to TreeHouse: the players gave up a day’s pay for the charity, and wore special “Be A Gooner, Be A Giver” T-shirts to warm up in, and there was an enormous amount of publicity about the charity in the build-up […]
In Manchester I met a tiny fifteen-year-old girl who showed me her self-harming scars. She just wanted to die, she said, which is why she was thinking of having a baby. I asked her whether she ever talked to anyone at school about her problems, but it turned out that she didn’t attend school – […]
I do not intend to post many photographs of my children on this website, but this is weird. The kid on the left is my eldest son Danny; the distinguished-looking gentleman in the middle some of you might recognise as the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. When I first saw this picture, it felt to me […]
Three or four years ago, I received a letter from Meopham School, in Kent. The school had opened a small unit for kids who needed support to cope with mainstream schooling, mostly because they had been placed somewhere on the autistic spectrum; because of my connection with autism – my eldest son Danny is autistic […]
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