DAVE Allen was an Irish comedian who was best known for telling jokes while sitting on a stool and drinking. He's the subject of a new BBC Two biopic, Dave Allen At Peace... but, what else do we know about him? Let's get the lowdown... Who was Dave Allen and what was his cause of death? Dave Allen - real name David Tynan O'Mahony - was born in Dublin, Ireland, on July 6, 1936. If he was still alive, he'd be 81. He first appeared on UK TV when he featured on the BBC talent show New Faces in 1959. But he found fame - infamy, if you will - in Australia in 1963. He hosted Tonight with Dave Allen, a television talk show with Channel 9 - but was banned from the Aussie airwaves within six months after making crude comments during a live broadcast. Dave returned to the UK shortly after, and he went on to host Tonight with Dave Allen on ITV. The show earned him Variety Club's ITV Personality of the Year Award. He later signed with the BBC, where he hosted a number of shows - and he became … [Read more...] about What was Dave Allen’s cause of death, what were the comedian’s most famous jokes and who was he married to?
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Red brick, yellow trams, rainbow-hued fountains in Piccadilly Gardens. Very occasionally we might get a glimpse of blue sky, but the overwhelming colour palette of Manchester is grey. Though the city sits under a near-constant grey fug, there's been a notable shift in decor priorities for new bar and restaurant openings of late. The people have spoken and the people want plants. Increasingly we are seeing plant installations used as a huge selling point for new ventures - 'come, look at our flower wall, our giant tree, our shelves of cacti'. In a city with that clings on to its industrial foundations with exposed pillars and bricks and metal air ducts, plants can drastically soften a space. Many of the venues that spring to mind - The Ivy, covered entirely in plants; Mowgli on Oxford Street, with its magnificent white tree; The Counter House in Ancoats with its wall of living greens - were all brought to life (literally) by one company. I Want Plants, based in Ashley in Cheshire, has … [Read more...] about The family business that’s making Manchester less grey
On an October night in 1979, a navy man named John Collins rode his Triumph motorcycle over to the offices of a Honolulu health club. He brought nothing but a box of paperwork. Collins, credited with starting a quirky competition called the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon, had just been reassigned to the mainland United States. He desperately needed someone to run the third edition of the event. The first two had 15 competitors each. He handed the box to Hank Grundman and his wife, Valerie Silk. Inside that box was what now might be considered a billion-dollar idea. “No money changed hands,” Judy Collins, John’s wife, said in a recent email exchange. “No papers were signed. John handed our box of triathlon paperwork to Grundman.” Like most big and successful companies, Ironman likes to tell the story of its humble origins, twisting mythology into marketing. But it usually leaves out the most intriguing part – about a box that changed hands in the night, … [Read more...] about Ironman: How a simple box of papers turned into a billion-dollar industry
At what point should you stop dyeing your hair? At what juncture does the idea of you being a natural brunette (in relation to the rest of your appearance, that is) feel a little . . . improbable? It’s something I have been thinking about a lot lately, as I approach 60 and, after nearly a quarter of a century of having my hair professionally dyed brown, I have come to the decision it is time to stop. Time to admit to the world that I am not, in fact, a natural brunette any more. I am almost completely grey. And so it is that I am sitting in my favourite hair salon, finally ready to take the plunge. To go out proud and grey, that is, which means getting rid of all the brown and dyeing it to match my grey — no, hang on, let’s be clear about this — white roots. If this doesn’t seem such a very big deal to you, then perhaps you are a blonde and can get away with leaving them undone for a while. Christa D Souza (pictured left with Josh Wood) shared the … [Read more...] about Why EVERY woman should go grey at 60
Health warning: any nuns reading this, members of the Salvation Army or graduates of AA – avert your gaze now. Sometimes you just have to get yourself expelled from school. Cleo Rocos, chief executive of tequila company AquaRiva, went (briefly) to a convent school. She didn’t take to the nuns because they had a habit of smacking her over the knuckles with a ruler. One sister had a pronounced moustache. So naturally the young Cleo, aged 11, bought her a pack of razors for Christmas. An inspired and kindly thought which probably had the desired effect of getting her booted out of the convent. She has never looked back. Ever since she sailed to our shores from Rio, aged 6, and discovered to her shock and horror that the sea was grey (she had never seen grey water before) – chilly too – she has taken it as her life’s mission to inject more colour and warmth into the world. “Tequila,” she tells me, “makes everything … [Read more...] about A View from the Top: Cleo Rocos, the former TV star turned tequila maker