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Pseudo Celebrity Support

Like the left wing in Britain, Hilary Clinton’s Democrats in the USA relied heavily on the ‘flim-flam’ of celebrity links and endorsements to carry a fragile, pseudo message to the people. We saw it here first, at the last general election and during the Brexit campaign, when the likes of Bono, Geldof, Izard and the
  • 9 Nov, 2016
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Concreting over the countryside

The so-called housing shortage has more to do with builders and developers hanging on to ever-appreciating land banks, a reluctance to build on brownfield sites because it’s more costly, and off-plan selling to overseas investors, than a shortage of suitable building land. But building on the Green Belt produces major profits for the land owner
  • 11 May, 2016
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John Humphries should eat his words

SO – John Humphries is in a rage about the use of the word SO at the start of sentences because he finds it irritating and absurd. He calls it a noxious weed which has invaded everyday speech. BUT in attacking SO as an unsuitable word to begin a sentence, he has conveniently ignored his
  • 22 Jun, 2015
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Slow Progress

Are days shorter, seasons condensed, years reduced to the twinkling of an eye? Probably not – but it seems like it. Currently working on the fifth novel but lucky to manage 500 words a day. OK I churn out 1,000 or more but, editing as I go and tightening-up dialogue to its essence, trims the
  • 9 Jun, 2015
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Damp squib from the weather people

News that our weather forecasters are planning to strike has to be the non-event of the year. The weather will continue to be unpredictable, as always, while our forecasters refuse to tell us what they think may happen next. Can’t see it bringing the country to a stand-still.
  • 26 Feb, 2015
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Remembering Maggie

Tuesday. February 24th 2015. A dear friend of my wife and I died today. She was a sweet and loyal friend to so many people who, like us, will sadly miss her and the way she always seemed to take the world in her stride as the head of the Hanley family. She now knows
  • 24 Feb, 2015
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A Question of Aesthetics

There’s been a lot of talk about printed books being replaced by the electronic variety. I’ve got no problem with Kindle and electronic books but they can never replace a quality, bound, printed book. Even the lowly paperback is vastly superior to a plastic screen. Those who insist electronic books are a better reading experience
  • 31 Jul, 2014
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Rears through the Years

Took a few days off from penning the new novel to organise this year’s ‘Rear of the Year’ awards. Carol Vorderman won for the second time and became the first celebrity to win the award twice. Perhaps I should think about producing a coffee table picture book of ‘The Best Rears of Our Lives’ featuring
  • 23 Jul, 2014
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Bon Voyage

Bon voyage to Alan Whicker, veteran TV journalist, writer and undisputed godfather of the travel documentary, who died today.  I once asked him for his personal tip on dealing with jet lag.  The answer, he assured me with that nasal tone of his,  was simplicity itself.   “Get on the plane…order a very large Scotch  & soda…keep ‘em coming throughout the flight…and
  • 12 Jul, 2013
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A Strange Coincidence

I have to admit I’d never heard of Iain Banks until June 9th when his death was announced on TV. I was in Portugal at the time and, later the same day, visited the Quinta Do Lago country club’s small library to borrow a book. I leant on a shelf which promptly collapsed – and
  • 19 Jun, 2013
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