David Lifton’s shed in Little Benton, Newcastle, won the Tardis category in Shed of the Year, on account of it looking like, erm…
I remember a story a couple of years ago about a boy who built a perfect mock-up of the Palace at Versailles in his shed. He won a design award. When he got [...]
They say great minds discuss ideas, ordinary minds discuss events and small minds discuss people.
That’s how we go from the Washington Post and the New York Times (task: to enlighten and inform) all the way down to Rupert Murdoch’s wreckage of The Times London edition.
Once called ‘The Thunderer’, the former newspaper of note now headlines [...]
The reviews for ‘The Great Gatsby’ may not be quite what its director Baz Lurhmann had in mind, but perhaps the book is unadaptable, as a great many good books are. And Gatsby is good, although in my opinion now overrated, feeling like a beautifully written but slight tale that Evelyn Waugh would have sharpened [...]
Part of the next Bryant & May novel is set in a London park. I grew up right next to the large and beautiful Greenwich Park – although back then the naval college had no tall buildings behind it. Apparently London has more greenery than any other city in Europe, which surprises me as I [...]
The fiver has a new face – Sir Winston Churchill. He’s certainly had his detractors in the past, but what a life! His ‘History of the Second World War’ is not only a staggering achievement but also very funny. Setting aside his governance of Britain and roles in two world wars for a moment (because [...]
There’s nothing too unexpected in the comment pages of the nationals in the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death; some sweeping praise, some sweeping hatred, some good balance from overseas sources, especially from the New York Times, who talk about her role in ending the Cold War.
Over here, the phrase ‘A necessary evil’ is cropping up [...]
For your delectation, the annual round-up of elephantine butchers’-shop rough that is Aintree Ladies Day. I’m so glad I went on all those feminist solidarity marches where Germaine Greer spoke always passionately in Trafalgar Square, so that the good ladies of Liverpool could totter about in the colours of car air-fresheners. I presume this was [...]
Is the practice of hiding a false story on the front page of a national newspaper on April Fool’s Day purely a British thing or does everyone do it? The august New York Times doesn’t appear to do it.
Over here it seems to go back to the ‘Panorama’ programme’s infamous ‘spaghetti tree’ report. This was [...]
I said this to my press agent Lynsey recently and she asked me what I meant. I explained that it referred to double-billed movies. A lot of people have expressed surprise that that films were ever shown in double bills. Indeed they were, right across the nation, remember, older peeps?
As we’re prepping the launch of [...]
A comment struck me during the recent supermarket horsemeat scandal. Said one whistleblower, ‘If you don’t actively look for a problem, it will never come to light.’ Now dairy and other produce scams are being investigated.
Add to this a new study of 448,568 people in 10 European countries, which has found that eaters of processed [...]