Comment: Ya boo sucks

Comment: Ya boo sucks

It sometimes seems, in these disturbing times, that the default mode of general conversation is disparagement. Up in the hills of South Shropshire where I spend much of my time (and where KCW distribution does not penetrate) I am responsible for regular restaurant reviews that appear in a small glossy magazine...

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Something Positive

Something Positive

‘Something positive,’ the editor told me. ‘Give them something to smile about.’ ‘Crikey,’ as Bertram Wooster probably never said. ‘That’s a challenge – a lofty demand,’ he might have added, anxious, like his creator, to eschew the hackneyed phrase. I considered the ed’s request. ‘What’s not to be glum about?’...

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The influence of Princes

The influence of Princes

Just as even the most politically committed among us were beginning to weary of the dreary cross-fire spluttering on between the egotistic fabulist and the bigoted narcissist who seek to lead us out of the EU (at the expressed will of 38% of the electorate), the monarch’s second son blunders...

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Doctors’ Dilemmas

Doctors’ Dilemmas

Recently my wife was waiting for a breast screening at a mobile clinic when she overheard another woman in an adjacent booth giving the year of her birth as 1932. At 85 the woman had already had a good helping of life.At what point, my wife asked herself, should we...

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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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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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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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Alternative Truths

Alternative Truths

Unless you’ve just returned from a few months on a desert island without a radio or internet device, you must have caught at least a few snatches of the new American soap that’s gobbling up the ratings in Britain. This drama is less sophisticated than the West Wing or the...

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Who wants to be a billionaire?

Peter Burden gives his monthly thoughts on the state of current affairs for KCW Today.  Those of the World’s population who like to apply a little intelligent analysis to current affairs were left deeply flummoxed by the extraordinary decision taken by the American electorate on November 8th. Their choice of...

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A Kafkaesque nightmare

Since last June, I’ve felt as though I were immersed in a long, gloomy dream such as Franz Kafka might have relished. It’s as if, without warning, the nature of mankind has slipped back to an earlier time. When the dream started, I’d been living in a country which despite...

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