Thank you, Chris Powell

I can only ever recall one occasion where Chris Powell lost any of his composure. It came during a pre-season friendly at The Valley in 2000 when Charlton played Serie A side Vicenza a few days after the drowning of 17 year old Charlton youth team full-back Pierre...

The Global Misadventures of Nat Clifford

Nat Clifford is not a household name. In fact, given the scattergun distribution of pseudonyms he favoured he probably wasn’t even a household name in his own household. Yet what we know of the global adventure that was Nat Clifford’s life makes him well worthy of...

The Legacy Of Buster Keaton

There’s a scene at the end of Sherlock Jr when Buster Keaton, a cinema projectionist and amateur sleuth, is in the projection room with his beloved. After a series of misunderstandings she has realised that kind, innocent Buster is the man for her and has come to tell...

Happy 90th Birthday, Shipping Forecast

New Year’s Day, 1924. Wreckage from the French airship Dixmude, which had exploded over the Mediterranean before Christmas, begins to wash up on the coast of Sicily. Rain-deluged Paris is on flood alert as the Seine inches further upward with each tide. Laszlo, a...

Cricket's Mr Chips

At 10.30am on Saturday August 3rd I’m presenting a documentary for BBC Radio 4 about Alf Gover and his legendary cricket school in south London. There are more details about the programme here. Whenever talk turns to the great sporting venues of the world it’s...

Lost London: Elegy for Big Dave's Gusset

Having lived away from London for four years it’s been fascinating to come back and see my home city with fresh eyes. New stuff has appeared: the Shard, for example, already looks like it’s been part of the skyline for as long as I remember. The cable car across the...