Poofs’ Football and Plebs’ Ballet

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‘Ballet,’ grumbled Albert Steptoe when seeking to quash son Harold’s attempts at bettering himself, ‘that’s just poofs’ football!’ Harold expanding his interests beyond his father’s limited horizons represented a threat to the senior Steptoe, so junior’s aspirational efforts had to be shot down, lest the old man be left behind. There was always more to […]

April 16, 2015

A Home of One’s Own

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Yes, it’s Manifesto Week! Buy one policy, get one free! Hard-working family? We’ve got something for you! Pensioner? We’ve got something for you too! School-leaver? Er… Anyway, hurry while stocks last! Offer only available until May 7! Yesterday, the Tories unveiled the latest social demographic they seek to woo – those unfortunate enough not to […]

April 15, 2015

Separate Lives

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A couple of weeks ago, an imam from London appeared on the radio singing traditional Irish folk songs; the reason for this curious cultural anomaly was due to his cosmopolitan childhood. He explained he had been brought up in something of a melting pot community, his ears exposed to more than merely the usual Mosque […]

April 14, 2015

The Sliding Scale of Justice.

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Like Premiership footballers, or Formula One racing drivers, successful solicitors and barristers aren’t enamoured with the idea of working for minimum wages. The best charge more. As a society, we ensured that the poorest and most vulnerable had access to  the best legal advice and support when the State threatened criminal sanction by subsidising that advice […]

April 13, 2015

It’s History, Ken; but Not as We Know It!

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Remaking and reviving a revered and much-loved television hit from another era is a gamble than can go either way. The BBC is doing it at the moment with ‘Poldark’, forty years on from the original series that was one of the 1970s’ most iconic period dramas. I won’t deny it; I’m a fan of […]

April 12, 2015

The 25 Hour News and The Millennium Blues

Y2K – remember that? It was going to screw-up the world’s computers on New Year’s Day 2000, and we’d all travel back in time to 1900. It never happened. Mind you, a lot of things never happened as the twentieth century passed into the twenty-first. Fifteen years we’ve been here now, and it’s not really […]

April 11, 2015

Faustus for Fifteen Minutes

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We all know Andy Warhol’s most famous quote and how it has come to be the modern secular equivalent of an eleventh commandment; and it’s tempting to envisage a future date in which the doss-houses of Britain contain more residents who used to be famous than those who didn’t. Somehow, at the back of my […]

April 10, 2015

Meet the New Boss; Same as the Old Boss

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When Mick Jagger was first nominated for a knighthood, the ‘Keeper of the Flame’, i.e. Keith Richards, reacted with disgust; his response was that for his fellow Stone to accept such an award would be to feed from the hand the band bit with such venom in the 60s. During the period when they were […]

April 9, 2015

The Chinese Way

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Anyone who tuned into the special election edition of ‘The Weakest Link’ last week would probably have experienced few revelatory moments when hearing what the seven party leaders had to say in their allocated 90 seconds. True, Leanne Wood and Natalie Bennett were less familiar to the wider audience accustomed to either the Punch & Judy theatrics […]

April 8, 2015

Savile – Battersea – Some Facts.

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Some weeks ago, I was contacted by a journalist enquiring whether the Battersea flat, 240a Battersea Bridge Road – the basement flat in this photograph, was in fact the same address where I had stayed when I ran away from Duncroft, that I had written of here and here. “BATTERSEA BRIDGE ROAD, (WA) – 4 older […]

April 7, 2015