Aging Scribblers

Aging Scribblers

There are many instances of novelists continuing to practise their art well after the appropriate faculties have failed. They re, I imagine, egged on by greedy agents, lazy publishers and pusillanimous editors, all of whom know that, at certain levels, it is names, not content that sell books, leading to...

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Goodbye World: Hello Little England

Goodbye World: Hello Little England

Meanwhile, back in Blighty, we await the Party Conferences in September and early October to see if Mrs May faces a challenge from Michael Gove MP (the Murdoch nominee). We could pick anyone of six other Tory MPs currently being touted including Jacob Rees-Mogg MP who was born in the...

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Shame/Shameless

Shame/Shameless

“He said what!?” For those of us who can still recall how politics was done pre-2016, with at least an appearance of diplomacy, consistency, courtesy, grace and manners each outrageous statement Donald Trump makes is greeted with a slack-jawed disbelief.   “He did what!?” With every newscycle a new low...

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30 killed by airstrike in Yemen hotel

30 killed by airstrike in Yemen hotel

30 people are reported dead in an airstrike on a hotel in Yemen’s capital, Sana. The bombing was part of an air campaign being carried out by the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015. They aim to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The conflict has killed 10,000 people,...

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Truth, Education and Fairness

Truth, Education and Fairness

Anyone who is at university or was until recently must feel at least a little inclined to think warmly of Jeremy Corbyn – not just because he  wears a scraggy beard that makes him a natural target for monstering by the non-thinking media, and thus a man with whom they...

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Covfefe

Covfefe

There are only two types of people. Those who divide people into types of people and those who don’t. Only those who don’t. Don’t exist. Ever since Genesis got oddly specific in dividing things into categories, heaven, earth, “grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit,” and...

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QPR raise funds with #GameForGrenfell match

QPR raise funds with #GameForGrenfell match

Queens Park Rangers Football Club will host a match at Loftus Road on September 2 to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The #Game4Grenfell will feature a host of current and ex-professionals such as David Seaman, ex-QPR striker Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and Ally McCoist, as...

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How long have we got?

How long have we got?

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (what a brilliant name) has been on the best sellers’ list for months. Back in England it’s the focus of my wife’s book club; other friends there have read it and wished to discuss it, but alas I’m at the end of the queue and...

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Strong and Stable

Strong and Stable

Since June 8th, a large number of UK voters (including me) have been wandering around, dazed and confused, muttering to anyone who will listen, ‘Where the hell are we?’ We don’t really know; but we do know how we got here. David Cameron took up the metal-studded gauntlet thrown down...

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