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About Lavinia Thompson

A university lecturer for many years, both at home and abroad, Lavinia Thompson retired in 2008 and has since taken up freelance journalism. She is currently studying for a distant learning degree in geo-political science and lives in Norwich with her partner. More Posts

Exterminate! Exterminate!

Yesterday – partly by happen-chance, partly by design – I watched the beginning of The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 from 9.00am. I then deliberately turned to a different channel, any channel (it doesn’t matter which one it was then, or now) at roughly 9.35am, about two minutes into [...]

January 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

What we knew then and now

The biggest media story of the moment is that of the rise and fall of 65 year old movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – well, not so much about his rise to being one of the most powerful men in Hollywood for more than two decades, but his spectacular fall from grace over his predatory sexual behaviour. [...]

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Stirring the pot Morgan-style

For good or ill, the rather irritating former editor of the Daily Mirror and now all-round ‘shock jock’ celebrity/personality Piers Morgan is currently providing some of the best current affairs entertainment on his several times a week gig – usually partnering former BBC presenter Susannah [...]

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

The media merry-go-round – is it reporting or creating?

My subject today springs from the recent media story about the thirty-something male jogger who was allegedly caught on CCTV on Putney Bridge pushing a female pedestrian into the road, whereupon she appeared to have been saved from serious injury, if not death, by the instinctive action of a [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

A storm in a tea cup?

Today a brief comment upon the current media furore arising in advance of the forthcoming Channel Four programme alleged to feature taped conversations between Diana, Princess of Wales, and her voice coach Peter Settelen. As I awoke overnight I happened to catch a phone-in section of the Stephen [...]

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting from here to there

This week the UK government – and I think now also the French equivalent – have announced that from 2040 it will no longer be possible to buy a new fossil-fuel (petrol or diesel) powered car. Since then climate change and ecological campaigners have attacked the decision as ‘too little and [...]

July 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Beliefs and practicalities

The unexpected resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Lib-Dems last night is a development worthy of being remarked upon because it brings into sharp focus the eternal inner dilemmas that can sometimes face members of the political class – I’m talking about the potential inconsistencies, [...]

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments


With apologies for even mentioning it, especially in the context of the wall-to-wall, minute-by-minute, media coverage we’ve been subjected these last 24 hours, but I feel moved to provide some observations upon the result of the General Election. In no order of importance, especially since I [...]

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Stumbling towards the finish line

One day to go to Polling Day and it is hard not to conclude that the official duration of a General Election campaign in the UK [is it six weeks?] is the absolute maximum that any sane individual can possible stomach. It’s a coin toss as to whether the political class regards an election campaign [...]

June 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

The pressure ramps up

Simon Campion-Brown is unwell. I don’t wish to over-dramatize things but Rust readers beyond a certain age may recognise this cultural reference to Jeffrey Bernard, who used to write a column entitled Low Life for The Spectator magazine in the 1970s and 1980s. This detailed his indulgent life [...]

June 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

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