FULL BODIED

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If you’ve got the bottle, with a little planning you can dine free-of-charge every night in London’s smartest restaurants, and leave with very pricey vintage wine under your wing. Artful bill-dodgers, Terry Morris and Dick York, have acquired a taste for expensive wine. Too expensive; their palettes are becoming ever more refined, much to the bemusement of their friends. Terry has what is known as, “the mouth”. Not a natural scholar; nethertheless he’s the brains behind the wine scams. […]

DEBUSSY’S SLIPPERS

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George Gershwin thinks he could do better, better than Broadway. Ira Gershwin disagrees, why get funny ideas about writing po-faced Piano Concertos that no one hears, when you’re already getting much respect and much money (and much female attention) from writing hit shows? But what George wants George gets, and soon the brothers are travelling to Europe to meet French maestro Maurice Ravel – you know, a real composer. Despite dreading this American invasion on […]

SEVERUS: The Black Caesar

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The first black man to set foot on British soil came not as a slave, but as Emperor. Behind this little known fact there is the incredible tale of someone who grew from rebellious youth to the most powerful man in the ancient world. Septimius Severus, the Black Caesar, came from humble beginnings in occupied North Africa, born in the Mediterranean city of Lepcis Magna. He would end his days in Northern Scotland, having expanded the Roman Empire further […]