Blogs and Journalism

They’re off! The Royal Brown-Nose Handicap is under way

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Is there anything quite as hilarious, yet embarrassing, as the British media moving into royal mode? The simpering fake familiarity, the cringing deference, the solemn recital of every dreary detail of royal domestic life, the unspoken obsession with class: nothing reveals...

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Song of the week: Sad Old Bastards with Guitars

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I thought I'd post a little Friday song for the next few weeks. Here's my first offering - a song with a message which I wrote earlier in the year. Sad Old Bastards with Guitars by TerenceBlacker

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The emptiness of institutional caring

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As well-drilled as a squadron of guards, the presenters and guests on the BBC have begun wearing the new medal of concern, the poppy. Each one of them – Huw Edwards, Alan Hansen, Clare Balding, every hack, weather forecaster and...

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It’s not their fault you’re still a failure

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A new play at the Royal Court Theatre has done something rather dashing and unusual. Ignoring deprivation, globalisation, exclusion, fundamentalism, immigration, injustice and economic meltdown, it has put on a play called Tribes which explores a crisis within one liberal,...

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40 Years On: an unsettling trip back to school

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Last week, it was time to go back to school. For the first time since I was a teenager, I returned to Wellington College. I had been invited back by Anthony Seldon, the present headmaster – or Master, as we...

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And now for the weather … it’s turning a bit brighter

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Mysteriously, the BBC weather forecast has come to represent something good and timeless and genuine in a superficial, changing culture. For millions, those moments after the TV news when a nerdy, middle-aged type prances around in front of a map,...

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“NIMBY”: a byword for lazy-minded prejudice

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Has there ever  in modern history been a sillier, yet also brutally effective, term of abuse than “nimby”?  It is a word which might have been formulated by a brilliant but cynical advertising copywriter or perhaps one of the more...

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The secret life of Mr and Mrs Average

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The world may be awash with a daily torrent of surveys, graphs, league tables and flow-charts, but there are still those who believe we need more numbers to make sense of modern life. For them, the two little words "per...

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The awkward ecology around eating meat

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The morality gap between what people say and what they do is at its widest in matters of the environment. Those who emit concern about logging in Indonesia or coal-fired power plants in China will quite likely squeal in dismay...

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