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Category Archives: Other people’s written work
I recently read this rather old interview with the estimable Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, etc) in which he said, I would probably be more comfortable writing just two men. I do find it hard to write for … Continue reading
For men at most differ as heaven and earth, But women, worst and best, as heaven and hell. from Idylls of the King: Merlin and Vivien by Alfred Tennyson Cheers, Alf.
I detest the phrase the BBC understands because what the flipping heck does that really mean? Surely every news report is a result of somebody understanding something either directly or second-hand. It is an unattractive and irritating shorthand method of … Continue reading
I highly recommend a very readable book by David Jennings called Net, Blogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. It is a look at how people use the Internet to listen to music, to find new music and to make new friends. … Continue reading
“Once upon a time women were empowered to vote, empowered to enter the workplace, empowered to stand up to oppression. Now pole dancing is empowering.” Mind Your Language “The gents, meanwhile, are more willing to accommodate each other’s ambitions, or … Continue reading
It’s been a good year. Adam continues to be as lovable, funny, smart, sweet and gentle as ever and his achievement in passing his grade 2 piano exam with merit makes me especially proud. Andy and I have now been … Continue reading
When I was a child I used to read The Beano, the Broons and Oor Wullie, and moved on to Tiger and Roy of The Rovers (The Safest Hands in Soccer was my favourite story: initially it was beautifully drawn … Continue reading
Anne Karpf doesn’t actually remind us of this sort of thing but childhood (and adulthood) is not and never has been easy: the world is changing rapidly for all of us and this change is is both scary and exciting. … Continue reading
In a discussion about Mercedes McNab posing nude, there is this gem of a comment that sums up my irritation over the use of the device in an argument of the “there are worse things, you know” distraction.