|Rod Stewart in his 'day job'|
Briony was only lucky that Ronnie didn't pull out his stamp collection, for the former crack, smack and booze-crazed guitar-slinger is a noted philatelist, a hobby enjoyed by Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.
|Bill Wyman metal detecting|
|Keith Richard in his library|
Building model railways is very popular among rockers of a certain vintage. Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Phil Collins and Roger Daltrey all have elaborate train sets, with Stewart stating in his autobiography that making the December 2010 cover of Model Railroader was 'a major career milestone .... getting on the front of Rolling Stone had nothing on this.' Elton John collects porcelain. Kylie plays Scrabble. Grandmaster Flash collects souvenir mugs.
|Justing Timberlake practising his swing|
Perhaps rock stars, who act out a teenage fantasy existence, long for the lives they once rebelled against?
Hobbies are an opportunity to play at being grown-ups, without having to do any of the tedious stuff. But while glimpses into domesticity once seemed strange and tantalising, their paradoxical allure lessens with each revelation of homebody dullness.
|Bob Dylan with his metal work|
Neil McCormick from the Telegraph