Welcome to our election liveblog. The fascist Front National party is seeking to make gains and take control of département councils in Frnce’s local elections – the first round of voting is today. Results are now starting to come in.
The youth anthem of 1977 was Do Anything You Wanna Do, by Eddie and the Hot Rods. One of my best memories of that summer was going to see the band live at the Marquee club in Soho.
Who was the best tap dancer? Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? I along with many others would say it is Fayard and Harold Nicholas or as they were better known the Nicholas Brothers.
February marked the 50th anniversary of the release of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. It’s an album that I often turn to for inspiration and serenity; it purifies my soul.
The appalling footage of Chelsea “fans” pushing a black man off a Paris metro train, while chanting: “We’re racist, we’re racist, we’re racist, and that’s the way we like it,” has rightly provoked widespread condemnation. It has also prompted this nice anti-racist – and non-partisan – reply video.
A hundred miles north of Calais is the Belgian city of Antwerp – there nestling within its huge docklands is the tiny village of Doel.