Greed, Rich & Riots

08/12/2011 09:08:00 AM

Greed is the sine non qua of our society. Back in the openly greedy days of the power-shouldered eighties, when lunch was for wimps and greed was a healthy appetite, through the caring nineties, and the naughty noughties, the avarice for more ...

The Most Unlikely Agent ZigZag

07/26/2011 07:06:00 AM

Eddie Chapman was the most extraordinary WWII spy you will never have heard of. Were he a fictional character, you would not find him credible.I met him while browsing a second-hand book shop where my attention was drawn to his existence by ...


07/13/2011 02:11:00 AM

I have known of Rupert Murdoch and his methods since he took over The Times in 1981.I was a new group head in Leo Burnett, the advertising agency, and the paper was one of my accounts. I wrote the line ' Have you ever wished you were better ...


07/01/2011 01:08:00 AM

Sue, as in ex, had a bad fall yesterday. She, along with friend, Mary, daughter, Em, and grandchildren, Amy and Katie, was going for a picnic when she tripped over a protruding fire hydrant cover. According to Em, she lay motionless for a couple ...

Cockney: or Town Meets Country

06/23/2011 07:30:00 AM

I am a collector of dictionaries, particularly any relating to slang. One reason being you come across unlikely little gems like this, lifted from a compilation by Michelle Lovric in The Scoundrel's Dictionary.To quote:COCKNEYA nickname given ...

Alone in Berlin

06/17/2011 10:47:00 AM

The problem of reviewing books is, when you stumble upon a gem, your immediate instinct

Bang Goes My Knighthood

05/02/2011 03:40:00 AM

Given the ecstatic news of Will’s and Kate’s wedding, it seem sacrilegious to write on any topic other than the nuptials. Certainly the UK papers are still full of the Royal news: Where is the honeymoon? How much is costing? Will they use ...

Mentors, Guides and Gandalf [Grand Elf for the illiterate]

04/15/2011 04:33:00 AM

I posted this comment on the excellent service offered to writers, and I have taken advantage of what is on offer so I speak from experience, by BubbleCow, and it seemed to me a point worthy of wider interest:My personal gripe from my former ...

Whither Confidence?

04/13/2011 01:33:00 AM

Let's start, like all indifferent news articles, with a platitude: personal confidence is as wobbly as a jelly set before a gang of children at a street party to celebrate a royal wedding. [ I expect a call from one of the tabloids any minute ...

Emotive Language

03/26/2011 03:36:00 AM

I am sitting at my computer; I have been since 5.30 a.m., listening to BBC Radio 4, thanks to a neat widget, while scanning the papers online or staring down the road opposite that leads the eye out to sea.So the scene is established.To the ...