The urbane Kier Starmer and the somewhat more downmarket, but undoubtedly charming, Kieran Parsons (pictured left) may not appear to have much in common – but they are both looking to cure their unemployment problems byContinue reading →
Edward Lorenz’s ‘Butterfly effect’ sounds positively poetic – a beautiful butterfly innocently flutters its wings in sunny Brazil; in far off Texas, ugly storm clouds gather and lives and homes are wrecked as a tornado wreaksContinue reading →
I was intrigued by an article I read recently written by a residential care workerÂ talking about Cumberlow Lodge, a home I was in for a short period.Â Underneath the article was the usual crop of comments.Continue reading →
Twitter is enduring a multi-orgasm this morning; positively trembling at the knees. An army of Observer reading foot soldiers have taken to the airwaves to protest at the apparent ‘news’ that theÂ BBC âturned a blind eyeContinue reading →
Today, the lord chief justice, Lord Judge, sitting with Justice Rafferty and Justice Macur, will decide whether the 15-month jail term that Stuart Hall received after pleading guilty to 14 counts of indecent assault,
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The BBC programme Newsnight and its ability to truthfully portray events has been of interest to Raccoonistas for some time now. It is fair to say that we have a distinctly jaundiced view of its agenda.
WeContinue reading →
So the first of the Yewtree branches has crashed to the ground, a sound virtually unheard in the forest of bad news today.
The âfamous actressâ (I had to look her up such a household name was sheâ¦) (we areContinue reading →
A while ago, someone drew my attention to a Tweet from @fleetstreetfox regarding Lord Rennard. I was quite shocked at the time, for Susan Boniface has said that the reason she took up the âanonymous identity â of fleetstreetfox wasContinue reading →
Whoever named the Police trawling operation in the wake of the Savile allegations âOperation Yewtreeâ had a sense of humour. The Yewtree is famous for its slow growth and longevity, and its raucously attractive fruit which appeals to little birdies â but containsContinue reading →
Along with several other interested parties, I have spent the afternoon digesting the Pollard report on whether the Newsnight âSavileâ programme was pulled from the transmission schedule because of âpressure from aboveâ or not.
Watching Twitter on the subject, theContinue reading →
PanÂ·oÂ·ramÂ·a (pn-rm, -rÃ¤m) n.
1. An unbroken view of an entire surrounding area.
Feudal dynasties will lock horns tonight. Old scores will be settled between those with limitless pockets. PanoramaContinue reading →
âItâs all the fault of the Internetâ, cries the dead tree press. âWe have to compete with them, and their wild landscape, and that has driven us to excesses we would never have thought of without their insane ramblingsâ.
RemarkableContinue reading →
Following last nightâs episode of âExposureâ, the prosecutionâs case for the demonisation of Jimmy Savile was completed in the sense that the audience have been invited to give their verdict. No doubt if we fail to give the required verdict, theContinue reading →
In 1932, the British Broadcasting Corporation, pride of the British people, commissioned the architect Lieutenant Colonel G. Val Myer, to design a building as their corporate headquarters which would embody the spirit of the organisation as they pushed their version ofContinue reading →
2. To stir up; foment.
It is said that success has many Fathers whilst failure is an orphan â surely no foundling was so swiftly denounced as âno son of mineâ than the grandiosely named BureauContinue reading →
Will Hutton has a lengthy piece in todayâs Guardian entitled âStick up for the BBC. Itâs the last bulwark against rule by the mobâ.
He complains about the âbile, unfairness and lack of restraint in the blogosphereâ infectingContinue reading →
Coronation Street, the TV soap opera, is something of an institution for the Northern diaspora. We relive our childhood and rekindle memories of a way of life and a gentle humour unknown on âsuicide watchâ as the rival âEastendersâ programmeContinue reading →