Conversations

Conversations

Clifford Slapper and David Bowie together at the piano on the set of ‘Extras’. © RayBurmiston

The Clifford Slapper Conversation

  Cliff, at what age did you begin to play the piano, and who or what were the influences which led you to learn it? When I was aged about six, my parents bought me a toy piano. It was the one toy I kept going back to, so they […]

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The Mike Garson Conversation

The Mike Garson Conversation

“It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional. However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking necessary to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike […]

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The Edward Burtynsky Conversation

The Edward Burtynsky Conversation

We are here at the Flowers Gallery at an exhibition of the new Salt Pans series. Meanwhile upstairs there is a second exhibition entitled Essential Elements which is also is the name of the new Thames & Hudson book written by William Ewing. Can you tell us some more about it? This is […]

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The Tim Mendelson Conversation

The Tim Mendelson Conversation

Tim, you were Ms. Taylor’s Executive Assistant for more than twenty years, what a great honour that must have been for you. Can you tell us a little about how this role came about, and how you were first introduced to each other? Working for Dame Elizabeth for all those […]

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The William Kopelk Conversation

The William Kopelk Conversation

William, what first led you to study architecture and design? I think it was aesthetics and my environment. My parents built their post and beam house in 1962. They would show me the blueprints and walk me through how things were laid out. Then during construction, we would visit every […]

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The Tom Moriarty Conversation

The Tom Moriarty Conversation

Tom, who were your musical influences growing up? Weirdly my first thought to that was, I dunno. When you’re young you hear stuff around you, at home, on the radio, the TV, wherever and you don’t know who it is but you listen and you take it with you. And […]

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The Kathy Etchingham Conversation

The Kathy Etchingham Conversation

Kathy, you were already an established DJ working in London when you met Jimi Hendrix in 1966. How did your paths first cross? I was living in the flat above Zoot and Ronnie Money’s flat in West Kensington just off the A4 when Chas Chandler brought Jimi to visit on […]

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The Brenda Blethyn Conversation

The Brenda Blethyn Conversation

“I knew that I always wanted to act, but it seemed like such an irresponsible thing to do” Brenda, you came to acting slightly later than average, what did you do before? Yes, I didn’t go to drama school until I was 27. Before that time, I did office work mainly. […]

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The Paul Rudd Conversation

The Paul Rudd Conversation

“As an actor you just have to give in to the lines” Paul, both your parents are British-born (Dad from Edgeware, Mum from Surbiton). Do you feel a strong connection to England? Yes, I have always felt a connection with the British lifestyle: tea, and all of the English candies […]

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Conversations, Travel

The Francis Ford Coppola Conversation

The Francis Ford Coppola Conversation

“Winemaking and filmaking are two great art forms”  Francis, are there similarities in your approach to making films and wine? Winemaking and filmaking are two great art forms that are very important in California. They both start with raw ingredients – in the case of wine, the land and the […]

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