Nobody emerges well from this story. Not even the mother who paid the killers £20 a week to look after the child while she decorated her home for a month. Did the windows not open? A few paint fumes are … Continue reading
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Being a man, important dates float by me without ceremony. Family birthdays, etc. I’m not being thoughtless or selfish. I’d forget my own birthday if not for the reminders from family and friends. I now realise that one rather important … Continue reading
My glowing review of Lewis Chester’s new biography of Lew Grade appeared in today’s Independent on Sunday. It’s a cracking book, and a must for anyone with an interest in the business they call the show.
Just in case anyone gives a toss, this finally turned up today during a spring-clean of my study. I just need to find my missing fountain pen now, and all will be safely gathered in.
Last night’s Panorama on downloading and the Digital Economy Bill was predictably shrill and ill-informed. The sight of Jo Whiley practically dancing with the bloke from the BPI during a presentation on why downloading was bad, m’kay, was particularly sick-making. … Continue reading
Inspired by the Michael Palin 1980-1988 chronicles I received for Christmas, a desire to rescue my handwriting from ruin after years of typing and the fact that Asda had day-to-view diaries for £1, I’ve been keeping a journal this year. … Continue reading
Anyone who wishes to venture an opinion either way on the Jon Venables situation should read and digest this superb blog post by a social worker. This Guardian comment piece by Simon Jenkins is worth a look too, as is … Continue reading
I’ve just had a text message from Terry Venables saying that he’s Eddie Calvert, the man with the golden trumpet. At least I think that’s what it said. The spelling was atrocious. Anyway, let’s go round and attack his house. … Continue reading
The contemporary reporting of the John Kay case is oddly muted. The Times carried a news in brief paragraph on 12 September 1977, stating that Sun chief reporter Kay was to stand trial for the murder of his wife, but … Continue reading
The Sun‘s coverage of the Jon Venables situation is the embodiment of all that’s worst about modern journalism. In the right situation, bumping into the boundaries of acceptability and legality can be a valuable safeguard of free speech and freedom … Continue reading