Who would have thought that the original glam rocker and founder of the 1970s group Roxy Music would make a plea for a quiet life in the heart of the West End?
Andy Mackay was Roxy’s snappy saxophonist, preferring sporty silver jumpsuits and crippled gold pants alongside fellow band member Bryan Ferry and co-writing their hit Love Is The Drug. He now seems to have metamorphosed into a grumpy old man.
The working-class rock star, who once said the best in a famous band was the girls, tells me he fears that his beloved Soho, where he has lived for decades, is about to be immersed in ‘a nightmare of misery.
Roxy’s sassy saxophonist, Andy Mackay (third from right) preferred sporty silver jumpsuits and crippled gold pants to fellow band member Bryan Ferry and co-wrote their hit song Love Is The Drug. He now seems to have metamorphosed into a grumpy old man. Picture: band members of Roxy Music
This horrific prospect, he says, is the result of efforts to revitalize the economy by allowing the sale of non-alcoholic beverages through restaurants, pubs and bars until their license currently allows them to serve customers. who intrude in their buildings.
“It’s very badly thought out,” Mackay, 73, moans, explaining that it means that alcohol is served in the wee hours of those who wander the streets.
There are 122 late licenses in Soho, some going until 6am. It would be a disaster.
“We all know that there are no more public toilets: you see a lot of people trying to enter pubs to use the toilets.”
Maybe Mackay is thinking about higher things. In 1988, he largely quit music to take a three-year Bachelor of Divinity course at King’s College, London. He regularly worships in St. Anne’s Church in Soho, and his most recent release, 3 Psalms, marks his musical journey from his chorister boy to Roxy.
“It’s a question of balance,” he emphasizes. “If there is disorder and unpleasantness, this will reverse the reopening of the theaters and the civilized life we all want back.”
Amen before that.
Never known before as a ladies’ man, celebrity chef Nigel Slater has expressed admiration for a sultry opposite-sex member, fellow TV chef and writer Nigella Lawson.
“We both love cooking, we both love food,” he says.
“We are very much on the same wavelength.
“I come across a recipe from her and think,” Damn, I wish I had thought of that. ‘
Nigella started her small screen career as a guest in Nigel’s first TV series before landing a show of her own.
Some useful advice for women of a certain year from comedian and actress Jenny Eclair.
“Don’t drink Pimm’s on a hot day,” she says, “unless you want to fall in a flower bed by mid-afternoon.”
There are worse places to fall. . .
What to give to a lady who has everything? A tattoo of course
Despite turning 55, actress Sadie Frost proves she’s still young at heart.
The former gatekeeper of the hedonistic Primrose Hill Set revealed a new tattoo over the weekend as she shared a photo of herself in a black bikini top with ‘Choose Life’ written in black ink over her ribs.
Pictured: Sadie Frost on Ladies Day of the Investec Derby Festival 2017 at The Jockey Club’s Epsom Downs Racecourse
Although Sadie chose not to work out its meaning, she tagged the refugee charity of the same name, Choose Love, in the online post.
Although Sadie chose not to go deeper into the meaning, she tagged the refugee charity of the same name, Choose Love, in the online post
And it seems her fondness for sharing scantily clad snaps hasn’t diminished with age, either.
“I still feel relatively comfortable,” she says of her body.
Explorer faces the biggest challenge
Scout Robin Hanbury-Tenison, who has made a remarkable recovery from the coronavirus, has had a poignant first encounter with the grandchild he thought he would never see.
The 84-year-old adventurer, who spent three weeks on a ventilator, was introduced to Loveday Hanbury-Tenison over the weekend, who was born last week.
Loveday is the daughter of Robin’s son Merlin, 35, and his wife, Lizzie. “I’m very excited,” says Robin.
“When I was in intensive care, one of the things that kept me going was wanting to stay alive so I could meet her.”
Robin is already planning his next expedition – for a reason he says has saved his life. He will lead a walk to the highest point in Cornwall, Brown Willy, to raise money for the NHS.
Lockdown doesn’t mean challenging for Strictly star Katya
Strictly Come Dancing pro Katya Jones may have been banned from the ballroom during lockdown, but her desire to dress up remains insatiable.
“Me and my friends had Zoom parties.
Picture: Katya Jones at the film premiere of ‘The Girl on the Train’ in London in September 2016
“We had one in New York, so I dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, like you do,” admits 31-year-old Katya, who isolated herself in London only after separating from her husband last year, strictly dancer Neil Jones.
And it doesn’t stop there. “I gave myself theme days,” she adds. “I had a Japanese day, I had a hippie day, I had a 1920 day in my little Charleston outfit.
“I don’t think I wore pajamas all day. I feel purposeful. ‘
The usually imperturbable actor Bill Nighy has confessed to a social slip thanks to American singer Mary J. Blige.
The Love Actually star is a fan of Blige’s R&B music, but when he met her at the Baftas last year, things didn’t go to plan.
“I walked into the darkness of the backstage and there was Mary J. Blige,” he says.
“I went over to her and said,” You are an inspiration to me. I listen to your music every day. Thank you. “She just looked at me – no idea who I was…”
Watch your language! Idris is lost for words
Luther star Idris Elba believes his acting career would be much more lucrative if he were multilingual.
The 47-year-old Hackney-born actor, who is married to Sabrina Dhowre (pictured), advises younger counterparts to brush up on their foreign languages.
Pictured: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre at the Met Gala Celebrating Camp 2019: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art
“I would say that I have to learn a few languages because I didn’t, and every language I learned, except my mothers Creole in Sierre Leone, I had to learn biting measures for a movie.”
He adds, “Lord, if I wish I could speak French or Spanish, I would have jumped into so many markets as an actor.
“It would really have been a door opener for me.”
Well, he didn’t do too badly. . .