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Fond memories revived

I was a huge fan of the satirical series Spitting Image, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the opening of an exhibition Spitting Image From Start To Finish at London’s Cartoon Museum that will run until 8th June and BBC Arena documentary scheduled to be broadcast on BBC4 on 20th [...]

March 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the absence of policy, try handwringing

Yesterday, as the Ukrainian crisis vied with the opening of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa for the attention of the world’s media, the West’s confusion over how best to exert pressure upon – and ultimately restrain – Russia became more evident than ever. However, apart [...]

March 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Rejoice! Our strategy is working …

Like all Englishmen good and true, I have 18th September circled in red on my Economist diary. This is the date upon which, hopefully, our friends north of the border will vote resoundingly for Scottish independence. The carefully-worked out strategy of those of us working behind the scenes, not [...]

February 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

It ain’t finished yet

I do hope that my National Rust colleague William Byford is feeling better after his post on the flooding crisis yesterday [‘Maybe there is no solution …’ 14th February]. Although I cannot agree with his proposition that the world is sliding towards the Apocalypse, the current ‘national [...]

February 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Maybe there’s no solution …

Through a combination of prolonged sessions on my computer, watching too much television and a touch of insomnia, in the last 24 hours I have been subject to a deluge of information and discussion about the heavy weather afflicting the UK and its ongoing effects. Most recently, by accident, having [...]

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

A gap in understanding

My offering today will no doubt offend some of my ‘sister’ post-feminist scribes, but it addresses one of the dilemmas for modern women – the gap between what the vanguard of equality-strivers demand, largely for themselves, and the true concerns and instincts of the majority. Before anyone [...]

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

“Events, dear boy, events …”

This might be deemed an unacceptable reaction in polite or rational circles, but I’m rather enjoying Britain’s flooding crisis as it unfolds day by day. On a friend’s recommendation, last night I watched a ‘catch-up TV’ version of the first episode of Channel Four’s new comedy-drama [...]

February 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Postscript to a seaside holiday

With my daughter joining her husband upon a business trip on July 2012, it felt to my wife Beth and I (as grandparents) to step into the breach – as it were – and look after the grandchildren for a two week period. Having previously done a sea cruise and trips to Wales and Cornwall in the [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Go if you wish to – but don’t come back

Just seven months hence, on 18th September this year, the referendum on Scottish independence will take place. There are huge historical, political, economic and social aspects involved and none of them will feature in this short piece, despite the fact that – it seems to me – few people are [...]

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The need for perspective

Maybe I’m going ga-ga in my old age, but some of the news items currently occupying the media are increasingly causing me angst, frustration and irritation. Take the issue of what can be described as the British happy-clappy, politically-correct, ‘compensation culture’, for example. This week [...]

February 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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