Andy’s up for a chat

January 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Andy on a baobab tree Kalahari Desert Namibia during one of his adventures.

If you fancy a chat with Andy Kershaw, intrepid reporter, fearless broadcaster and unique music man you have a chance when he hits the Arches in Glasgow on Tuesday 28 February.

‘This is better than a proper job,’ said Andy who is launching his biography ‘No Off Switch’ and taking the opportunity to tour 33 venues across the country to continue the conversation with people who want to talk with him. ‘Radio is a solitary occupation, so it’s good for me to get out and about.’

Andy presented his Radio 1 show for 15 years till he was sacked in May 2000. He joined Radio 3 about a year later and covered stories such as the volcanic eruption on Montserrat which happened the day after he’d arrived on the island with his partner for ‘a quiet Caribbean holiday.’

His autobiography concentrates on four particular areas he’s reported on: North Korea where he made the very first film from inside that secretive country carried by Channel 4 and where he’s been on holiday three times. Rwanda where he reported on the genocide there in 1994. ‘That was an awful situation which badly needed to be reported. Too many journalists were too scared to go there,’ he said. And some of his adventures in Haiti and Zimbabwe which are among the 97 of the 194 countries in the world, Andy has visited.

‘I’ve had 30 years of amazing adventures, seen history being made and reported on these things as a journalist,’ said Andy. ‘It is just as well I didn’t write my biography 20 years ago. While my homework may be a bit late, I’ve got more to say

Andy's in town to chat with journalist Ruth Pitt at The Arches.


And he says them through music too. Running the entertainments section of the students union at Leeds University in the early 80s for two and a half years, he lined up The Clash, Elvis Costello, Black Uhuru among many others. This took him to London – without a degree – as Billy Bragg’s driver and roadie. There his music career took off and his first asignment was a report for Whistle Test on the Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival. He now holds two honorary degrees from other universities.

‘Right now’ he comments there is ‘nothing new since Bob Dylan – who should have retired in 1976.’ But he claims he’s ‘too nosy to retire.’

His biggest challenge so far has been ‘Fatherhood! That’s the biggest responsibility and the most enjoyable experience of the lot.’

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Partick Thistle chairman leaves Firhill

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

by Erik Geddes
Ten years ago Partick Thistle were widely regarded as the best run club in Scottish football.
But this week – as the penniless club hits crisis point with a team bottom of the Scottish First Division – Chairman Allan Cowan and Vice Chairman Tom Hughes resigned.
Cowan claimed: ‘The financial situation is in some ways better than it’s ever been, in other ways it’s difficult.
‘I think the relationship between the board and the majority of supporters is a perfectly good one.’
He added: ‘I would like to think the board of directors of which I am a member will be remembered for bringing about stability to Partick Thistle.
‘We have geared the club to look to the future with confidence rather than apply any short term fixes for difficulties that have arisen.’
In 1998, Save The Jags campaign saw club fans – including some of the present and past directors – save the club from going out of business.
The club’s early 21st century trademarks were prudent wage structures and financial compliance with strict SPL stadium criteria.
But that was then and this is now.
Successive relegations, expensive managerial pay-offs and falling crowds have reduced the present day club to the bare bones.
Over the past few months official fans group The Jags Trust have been applying pressure on the other board members to shake-up the board room.
Jags Trust Chair David Stewart  said: ‘The departure of these two directors is a clear signal that long overdue change is under way at Firhill.
‘It’s vital that any overhaul of the operation of the business includes the supporters and this, in itself, throws up some challenges.
‘I’m sure that supporters will contribute fully, both in terms of ideas and financial help, if and when required.
‘In the meantime, the football team needs our support and I’d call on all fans to turn out for our game against Dunfermline on Saturday.’
Jim Alexander now comes into the picture as a full board member and it is understood that the Trust will be asked to play a greater role.
The Jags Trust will be hosting a public meeting, provisionally planned at Firhill on the evening of Thursday 30 September.