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Chris Sullivan

Sabotaging since 2 Feb 2010

Born of mixed parents- one male, one female- in Merthyr Tydfil South Wales, Sullivan the former lead singer of the Latin Funk combo, Blue Rondo a la Turk, founded and ran Soho’s infamous Wag club for far too long. During the eighties he wrote for The Face, by the nineties he was a columnist for Loaded and moved swiftly on to become the Style Editor for GQ in 1997 until, for some very odd reason, he turned freelance in 2001. Since then he has written the internationally successful book Punk and now regularly contributes film features to The Independent, The Times, Esquire. Live and The Big Issue, interior pieces to Italian Vogue and Wallpaper and travel articles to whoever will have them. Ensconced in West London with his good lady Leah, four-year -old son Finbar and cat Nancy he now spends most of his spare his time ruminating on personal finance and its part in his downfall..

My Articles

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Fashion & Style

A Tribute To Seersucker

With panache and “as much balls as those who wear it”, Seersucker is the cloth favoured by such legends as Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and Dean Martin.

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Music

A First Hand Account Of New York’s Clubs In The ’70s and ’80s

You can always judge a city by its nightlife and as such, New York, from the late seventies till the mid eighties was one big mad bag of, drug-fuelled excess where pretty much anything went…

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Fashion & Style

Ben Sherman – A History

Ben Sherman’s famous Oxford Shirt is a fashion staple that keeps coming back. This is the story of its rise.

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Film

5 Classic Westerns You Have To Watch

The weekend is nearly on us, time to leave the rat race and saddle up for one of these corking cowboy flicks…

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Life

The 10 Greatest Hoaxes In History

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

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Fashion & Style

The Papworth 303 Holdall

Forget excess baggage, travelling light is the only way to travel. Here’s a little something to treat yourself…

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Fashion & Style

The Story Of The Burberry Mac

The Mac named after Charles Macintosh, is a fashion staple which rocketed to fame by Thomas Burberry and Co during World War One. With all this wet weather, now’s the time to pick one up.

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People

The Definitive Guide to The World’s Most Violent Gangs

Men everywhere club together through mutual interests such as sports, arts, cars and adventure, but the guys you are about to meet have far darker motives behind their bonds of brotherhood…

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People

Nelson Mandela And The Soul Of Sophiatown

After a long illness Madiba has passed away – here’s a great archive piece on the history of his former home Sophiatown, a small conurbation on the western side of Johannesburg…

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Food and Drink

An Insider’s Guide To Paris

Ah Paris, Je T’Aime. But with so much to see and do, you could be forgiven for not making the most of your trip. Here’s our guide for making sure you hit all the best spots in The City of Light, from a man who’s seen it all.

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Politics

Carlos the Jackal: Terrorist or Freedom Fighter?

Some serious questions about the global portrayal and true story of the Jackal as a ruthless hit-man…

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Travel

The History Of The (Not So) Humble Beach Hut

Once known as bathing machines and used to hide your particulars, quintessentially British beach huts now exchange hands for the price of a house..

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Fashion & Style

The Gentlemen of Bakongo And Their Cult Of Elegance

Ever heard of a religion of clothing? Well let us introduce you to Le Sap – The society for people of elegance and ambiance in the Congo and the inspiration of Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni’s book: The Gentlemen of Bakongo – The Importance of Being Elegant…

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Fashion & Style

The Florsheim Imperial Kenmoor: The Best Brogue In The World

Favoured by U.S. Ivy Leaguers, Presidents, Wall Street Bankers and British skinheads…

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Fashion & Style

Persol Sunglasses: The Only Manufacturer Worth Considering

Even with the British weather at its changeable best you still need a pair of these bad boys just in case…

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Travel

Insiders Guide To Jamaica

You want to know the best and coolest experiences Jamaica has to offer? Jon Baker offers a unique genuine insiders guide to the island.

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Travel

Bali: From Terror Plots to Paradise

Horrific as it was, the terrorist attack in Bali stemmed a surge of tourism restoring its rightful tag as a more blissful blissful getaway.

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Life

Warriors: The World’s Most Violent Gangs – Part Two

The second installment of this lost Jack magazine classic, moves onto Russian, South African and Asian gangs. The 28s sound particularly horrid…

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Film

Alfred Hitchcock’s Top Ten Films

Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Hitchcock has reignited interest in cinema’s master of suspense. Here are 10 of Alf’s greatest to check out.

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Hardware

From Beardsley To Liberty: The British Art Nouveau Movement

With it’s industry and Empire quickly expanding, Britain came to embrace a new way of thinking and creating.

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People

Edward Hopper: An Inspiration To Andy Warhol, Ridley Scott & Madonna

His biggest ever exhibition is currently on show in Paris and after regularly forgetting the quality of the work on offer, it’s a wonderful reminder of the enigmatic artistry of Edward Hopper.

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Film

Zero Dark Thirty: Stealth Patriotism At Its Worst

The hunt for Osama is nothing more than a two and a bit hour snorefest that cheaply uses 7/7 and 9/11 imagery to justify America’s “War On Terror”.

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Film

This Week’s Films: Django Unchained, The House I Live In And The Sessions

This week see’s Tarantino’s latest offing hit the big screens, Storyville’s The House I Live In available on BBC iPlayer and The Sessions released.

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Film

This Week’s Films: Gangster Squad and Chinatown

This week sees the re-release of great neo-noir film Chinatown, as well as a new release set in the same town in the time…

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Film

End Of Watch & 9 Brilliant Films Of 2012 You Have To See

Spend 2012 underground preparing for the Mayan apocalypse instead of at the cinema? Not to fear, put away your gas mask and enjoy this guide to the best film had to offer in 2012…

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Film

The Hobbit: You’ll Love It Whether You’re A Tolkien Fanatic Or Not

Peter Jackson has done it again. If you thought the epic Lord Of The Rings trilogy was good, then you should see what the Kiwi director has put together this time around…

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Football

The Masked Men Of Mexican Wrestling

Though it rose to global prominence through the Jack Black movie, Nacho Libre, Lucha Libre is the second biggest sport in Mexico after football, and has a rich history of helping impoverished children.

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Fashion & Style

Aertex Shirts
for Desert Rats

Aertex have dressed the Desert Rats, the England 70 World Cup Squad and New York Cosmos and they’re back to take on all climates.

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Life

Judith Tebbutt and The History of Pirates From Blackbeard To Somalia

British hostage Judith Tebbutt has been freed by Somali pirates. Here’s everything you need to know about the sea-faring criminals.

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People

Never Meet Your Hero. Unless it’s Rod Steiger

Hollywood’s ‘No.1 bad man’ and star of ‘On the Waterfront’ and ‘Dr Zhivago’ didn’t disappoint journalist Chris Sullivan when they met before the actor’s death in 2002.

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Travel

Culinary Kerala: Food Fit For The Gods

If it’s good enough for God it is most definitely good enough for us. Chris Sullivan discovers the culinary delights of Kerala and boy are there a lot of them.

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Fashion & Style

The Harrington aka Baracuta G9

“The Harrington is one of the most iconic jackets ever designed,” proclaims the singer Paul Weller. “It played such a huge part in my youth and is something I still wear today. It’s the perfect jacket- a real classic – it will never go out of style.”

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Fashion & Style

A Guide To Smart Casual

Alan Partridge swore by it, the blizzard bound Carling adventurers aspire to it but for many Smart Casual is a genuine look of quality.

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Fashion & Style

Posh Pyjamas for Playboys

The best pyjamas and dressing gowns in the world? They’re made from Sea Island cotton and cashmere and they’re from Savile Row so it’s a possibility.

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Fashion & Style

Breitling Montbrilliant
Watch is Brilliant

With the era of the big watch well and truly back forget glancing at your phone for the time and wear something that reeks of style and wealth.

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Film

Soul Boy: All Night Long

The amphetamine fuelled Northern Soul all-nighters at Wigan Casino have rightly gone down in legend, and this tremendous movie shows them off in all their freaky dancing finery.

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Fashion & Style

Swaine and Adeney Bags for Bond and Gladstone

The finest leather bags a man can blow a fortune on. 007 had three, William Gladstone liked his so much they named it after him.

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Film

Reviewed: Chico and Rita & Metropolis

Released on November 19, Chico and Rita is an animated love letter to Cuban jazz, while the re-released Metropolis shows a world that the Tories aspire to.

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Film

Peeping Tom: The Film they Hated (Then Loved in the End)

On the release of Peeping Tom in 1960, Star Karlheinz Böhm and Director Michael Powell were panned by critics and shunned by audiences. To coincide with the 50th anniversary re-release, Böhm talks about his initial shock and how the film gained redemption.

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Film

Prisoner of War in Your Own Home

Imagine a gang of armed and angry soldiers kicking your door down, taking over your home and turning it into their HQ. Imagine being confined to one room knowing if you leave without permission you’ll be shot. Some people need not imagine.

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Film

Two Nice To Talk To

On a bender in Alicante with Rhys Ifans and the original ‘Mr Nice’ Howard Marks talking drugs, dark times and what it’s like to fancy your own mother.

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Books

Kitchen Sink

‘If I had the whip hand,’ proclaims teenage protagonist Colin Smith in director Tony Richardson’s groundbreaking, The Loneliness of A Long Distance Runner, of 1962. ‘I’d get all the cops, governors, posh whores, army officers and members of parliament and I’d stick ‘em up against the wall and let ‘em have it.”

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Fashion & Style

Simple but effective

It’s a flash timepiece that doesn’t look like those massive baubles Russian hookers in Knightsbridge, Cannes and Moscow wear.

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Travel

Don’t Be A Pussy: Come Diving

Always wanted to scuba dive but never made it past the shallow end of a swimming pool? Well grab your flippers, jump on a plane and experience a whole new kind of thriller in Manila.

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Fashion & Style

Summer Suiting

Bored of your shorts? Not really into the whole men in sarongs thing? Get yourself a summer suit, the must have purchase for the modern day gent in the (hopefully) warm weather.

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Film

Tahir Rahim: A Prophet

Tahir Rahim stars in the great new French prison movie A Prophet, ‘Un Prophete’, Chris Sullivan stays the right side of the bars with him.

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People

Robert Carlyle: Family Man

Spurred by his own father son relationship, Robert Caryle shirks the waster image he once had to emerge a kind hearted family man.

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Travel

Istanbul, Paradise City

Being pummelled on a slippery marble slab by a 45 year old man with a bald head, handlebar moustache, biceps the size of rugby balls and a belly the size of Mars certainly felt as if I was in a Bond film.

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Fashion & Style

Maximum Tweed

Hacket looked back to the days before motorcars had heated seats or even roofs to inspire their Aston Martin Racing Tweed caps, jackets and bags.

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Fashion & Style

Armani Armani
Ah Ah Armani

The Italian designer is famed for his off the peg wonders but now his shops will happily make you something more personal.

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Film

Rhys Ifans Interview

I meet Rhys at the theatre and he is bang on time. Tall and almost athletic he is dressed in a long brown overcoat a battered trilby, black jeans with his characteristic silver watch chain around his neck.

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Fashion & Style

The Munsingwear pump

Celebrated shirt maker puts best foot forward.

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Film

Jermyn Street shirts by Emma Willis

Joe Pesci’s shirts in Goodfellas had dangerous collars. If you want to get one of them or indeed any other shirt run up try Emma Willis.

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Fashion & Style

Levi’s 501

The original. For some the one and only. The Levi’s 501. Aka The Levi’s Vintage Range.

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Film

In Conversation With Mickey Rourke

There’s only one Mickey Rourke, the unpredictable come-back kid who turned on Hollywood before it could turn on him. With The Wrestler he finally won the battle for acceptance.

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Fashion & Style

Bill’s Khakis
Bullard Field Pant

Simple military style with a cult following.

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Fashion & Style

A Vintage Watch

More important than your shoes, your watch says everything about you.

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Fashion & Style

Oliver Spencer Portland Jacket

Discover Oliver Spencer, fashion designer extraordinaire – check out this jacket, and the rest of his collection, emanating pure, effortless style.

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Travel

Adventure in Kenya

Since the disputed ‘election’ that prompted insurrection in some of Kenya’s troubled hotspots a few years ago, there has never been a better time to visit the country.

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