The chap who was to Joy Division and Happy Mondays what Malcom McLaren was to the Sex Pistols passed away prematurely this week. Those of you who havn't seen "24 Hour Party People" please go and do so ... In later life Mr Wilson was much engaged in Peak District preservation issues and remained an alternative media icon to the last. His influence on that Mancunian scene in which I was schooled will be much missed.