The historic abuse of Kalakala.

Kalakala was beautiful, she might have been invented with the sole purpose in mind of pleasing a man’s eye. That she has ended her life tired, careworn, exhausted, and scarred is entirely the fault of misuse at the hands of men. Men who boasted of their association with her in her prime, abused her, and then […]

January 15, 2015

Sacranie Values?

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I heard an interesting interview by the BBC’s Nicky Campbell last week with Sir Iqbal Sacranie (OBE) this week. Despite working for the BBC, and particularly its light news and sport channel 5Live, Campbell is no fool; he can be a shrewd and penetrating interviewer, rather more subtle than the argumentative style which turned me off […]

January 14, 2015

What the Papers Said

Who can forget it? I certainly can’t. It was one of those unique moments that only happen once in a lifetime, moments in which time stands still and collective jaws hit the floor. The year was 2001, the month was September, and the day was the twelfth. Eh? Yes, that was the only day I […]

January 13, 2015

The Elephant in the Caliphate.

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The girls are still missing – the Twitter hashtag #bringbackourgirls only occasionally flickers into life as the fashionable world, and the Sky ‘disaster team’, has moved on from their plight. Even the wristband salesmen have moved onto more profitable pastures. Eight months is a long time. Long enough for international outrage to rise, fall and […]

January 12, 2015

The Sunday Post: The Auntie Fascists

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Coming from a genuinely ‘working-class’ (if aspirational) suburban background as I do, but having spent a lifetime immersed in popular culture, has often set me at odds with others similarly steeped in the culture of pop and the modern arts. The wires of my background were already crossed […]

January 11, 2015

Saturday Evening Posts Worth Reading and the 25-Hour News.

Have the Terrorists already won? Frank Fisher. French v. English coverage of the Hebdo massacre in Quebec. David Attenborough – Population control – so long as I can have as many children as I want….. Redundant pop singer looking to revitalise career by setting up his very own historic sex abuse inquiry. It’s the latest craze. Hannah […]

January 10, 2015

Ebola, those ‘selfless volunteers’, and Our Nationalised NHS.

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The hottest political football of the day has to be the NHS, or ‘Our NHS, wonder of the world’. [Edited to add: It was, until we had ‘Cartoons to die for’.] Indeed, the NHS did rank ‘top’, as the ‘best in the world’ – so long as you, as the media gleefully did, refer to […]

January 9, 2015

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore

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A couple of weeks ago I read a piece in the Times by the regular Saturday columnist Matthew Parris. Perhaps I didn’t pay very close attention, but the theme of the piece seemed to be this: look at the number of people who die on roads or in all kinds of accidents each year and […]

January 8, 2015

Grecian 2000 (and 15)

One or two female friends of mine who are around the same age as me are feeling rather…erm…let’s just say, queasy at the moment; they can’t get a good night’s sleep; they can’t maintain their concentration on a book or a movie or a TV programme; they’re prone to bursting into tears without provocation; they […]

January 7, 2015

Odd Men Out

POSH! – ‘Loved culture, poetry’ CREEPY! – ‘Loner with blue rinse hair’ WEIRD! – ‘Strange talk, strange walk’ I was reminded of these devastating descriptions of the attributes that constitute a killer whilst watching the recent ITV dramatisation of the grilling Christopher Jefferies underwent when the tabloid finger of suspicion pointed in his direction. As […]

January 6, 2015