Blogs and Journalism

Underhand, oversexed, foul-mouthed and crude

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Like many placid, slightly dull people, I have often been secretly jealous of those whose dramatic car-crash lives is the subject of endless concern and interest among their friends. It has taken until now for me to come out of...

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Enter Pervy John – songs From the van #3

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I wrote 'My Village' one autumn a few years back. It was, I think, provoked by the idea that the great city-dwelling majority of the population were given a distorted view of life in the country  - one that was...

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Meeting the squire of Levington Park, JP Donleavy

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The news that JP Donleavy  - author, playwright, litigant and squire  - died earlier this week has reminded me of one of the more peculiar meetings I had while researching a biography of our mutual friend Willie Donaldson in 2006....

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Exit, Royal Joker

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It was, even by the standards of the British royal family, an extraordinary revelation. The Duke of Edinburgh, according to a report by the veteran court correspondent Talbot Church, had been causing more concern than usual in royal circles with...

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The art of not writing – some practical guidance

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  I recently came across a literary quotation by Hugh Grant. Asked by an interviewer about whether he wanted to write, he came up with an impressively honest answer. ‘It’s actually more comfortable to think I could write a novel...

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