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Sometimes football delivers up 90 minutes of perfection: the sun is shining for the first home game of the season, your team serves up a four-goal feast, you watch wonderful fast, flowing football as four exciting attacking players – Adebayor, Lamela, Eriksen and Chadli – weave in and out and surge towards the opponents’ goal.

The Seven Stars Pub in Brick Lane was for as long as I’ve known it, a sad and lonely place. This was a time before the hipsters colonised Brick Lane. The Seven Stars was always empty, just the odd stall holder, pensioner and ‘Wolf Man’.

There have been some beautiful and thoughtful obituaries remembering Lauren Bacall.

Amid the horror of Israel’s latest war on Gaza there is hope. This is just a quick note to draw attention to a change in the level and nature of solidarity with Gaza that gives it the basis to tip over into a far more significant and powerful international campaign than it has been before.

“The streets shall be our brushes – the squares our palettes”

Soul and madness, reggae and bass: this pretty much sums up my favourite tracks this month.