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Tim Westwood: White Lies, Black Truth

Barbara Ellen, Observer, The, 25 July 1999

A FRIEND OF mine was at the Notting Hill carnival a couple of years ago, and happened to catch Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood in action. According to her, Westwood had barely begun when he suddenly started directing the crowd: "All you white people go to the back, and all my black brothers come down to the front!" Westwood is also said to be very fond of employing the word "niggaz" in a positive way when addressing his friends and acquaintances. Which would all be very fine and funky were it not for the fact that Westwood is the 42-year-old son of the former Bishop of Peterborough, and, frankly m'dears, as white as cocaine.

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