Blogs and Journalism

Some passing thoughts on…groping and the older man

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The people's philosopher, Alain de Botton, has been considering Rolf Harris and his wandering hands. In de Botton's funny-yet-serious spoof of newspapers  The Philosophers' Mail, he takes his customary rosy view of things. The Harris case and others like it,...

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Top Nine Writer’s Rules #3: Marriage

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So far in this series of Top Nine Writer's Rules, great and good authors have offered advice on matters which are fairly straightforward: starting a book, or how to get the inspiration to pick up the pen in the first...

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Top Nine Writer’s Rules: #2: Inspiration

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This the second of my Top Nine Writer's Rules,  a series of blogs with which writers, would-be writers and readers will eventually be able to build their own rulebook for writing, based on the words of authors past and the...

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The Top Nine Writer’s Rules (the tenth is yours) #1. STARTING

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 For many years, I have collected the thoughts and observations of writers about the process and the profession of writing. The authors can be dead or alive, famous or obscure, literary titans or contemporary crowd-pleasers. If they have something interesting,...

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Clean, lean, terrifically digital – welcome to the new me

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The general consensus around here was that an image re-think was in order. The brand needed to be refreshed. And because a website can sometimes seem like a visible, external version of your professional  life, the best place to start...

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A confession: I give bad tweet

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The bullfinch, a charming bird, has an apologetic song. While others in the hedgerow chatter, chortle and remonstrate, the bullfinch is usually heard in the form of an occasional one-note tweet. It prefers not to draw attention to itself with...

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They don’t go over the top Down Under

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It is a big Australian party, but not quite what an outsider would expect. In a Sydney park, there is an evening concert: carols, local youth groups, the cast of Tap Dogs, a Kylie (but not the Kylie). Wearing little...

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A protest worth making if you care about our landscape

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When governments speak warm words about consulting the public it is sensible to be wary. The word "choice" will not be far away and, as the Thatcher years proved, the apparently harmless idea of offering consumer choice can be the...

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