I have often pondered why the cliché is ‘descending into madness’ – given the number of people who end up firmly believing that they are the son of the Man upstairs, and spend the rest of their life withContinue reading →
As we speed through the brave new world of social media, disasters splatter against our windscreen like so many mosquitoes. We can ignore some of them, look past them, wipe away others – but eventually, we must stop,Continue reading →
The picture editors were busy yesterday. The winsome portrayals of Madeleine McCann, once the picture of choice if the word paedophilia was to be mentioned in the media, were passed over. The aging shots of Jimmy Savile dusted down again, aContinue reading →
The cyber vigilante paedo-mob, charging across the Twitterscape with flaming torches held aloft, ever alert for the naming and shaming of a fresh celebrity (preferably celebrated for right wing political affiliations) were temporarily baffled by the early morning on-line version of the DailyContinue reading →
50 odd years ago, Frank and Chick Plant were laying out the pineapple squares and fish paste sandwiches in preparation for a grand party. They lived in the idyllic property illustrated. It was bought in extraordinary circumstancesContinue reading →
It is easy to wonder ‘What is the purpose of Parliament’ these days, when all they seem to do is conduct a childish haranguing match over the dispatch box. John Hemming MP has today reminded us that the wholeContinue reading →
The media will never change, not so long as the dual pressures of vanishing advertising revenues and 24 hour rolling news schedules to fill are in place. Leveson can invite as many ex-Prime Ministers and newspaper editors as heContinue reading →
Buried in theContinue reading →
Is there any reputation so putrid, so tarnished, that it cannot be further damaged? Gordon Brown excepted, I suspect not.
A boulder has been pushed away from the cave into which the poor old News ofContinue reading →
This is the third piece I have written for this blog. It is the second concerning dead children. I hope and trust this is no reflection of my own interests, regrettably howeverContinue reading →
Over 100 years ago, the Rev. LaFayette Moore, a Baptist minister, gave up parish work and entered the business world with a pill cutter and gelatin coating machine. He rentedContinue reading →
Just a few short days ago, Madeleine McCann’s twin brother and sister celebrated their sixth birthday. They are probably reading by now, although not yet old enough to play ‘research the family history’ on Google –Continue reading →
Cadaver dogs perform a grim but essential task – locating the presence of human remains, even minute particles of human remains. In America, the cadaver dogs first achieved national recognition in the aftermath of 9/11,Continue reading →
I apologise for the length of this piece. There are a lot of facts to be laid out.
I would also ask before you tell me that I have left this or that fact out that you referContinue reading →
I was so enraged by this case yesterday that my mind shut down. It literally would not countenance covering the subject and retreated instead intoContinue reading →
Madeleine McCann would be seven years old today. All across Britain there are other little girls celebrating their seventh birthday – and it is a matter of supreme indifference to all except thoseContinue reading →
Good Lord – there are some interesting candidates standing for election in the Cambridge area alongside Old Holborn.
One who particularly raised my eyebrows is Helene Davies-Green who is standing for UKIP in SouthContinue reading →
Once upon a time, we relied on the story teller for both news and education; we called him a troubadour. He travelled from market placeContinue reading →
A paedophile who repeatedly raped an eleven year old child was today described by the main steam media as having ‘had a fling‘ with the child. The url leading to the storyContinue reading →
A frisson of excitement ran through the blogosphere late last night as news of Robert Green’s arrest in Aberdeen spread.
The facts as they first appeared seemed electrifying, a legal advisor prevented from going about his business byContinue reading →
You need to know what he looks like, especially ifContinue reading →
Britain’s intelligence services raised the threat level of a terrorist attack from ’substantial’ to ’severe’ last week, meaning an attack was considered to be ‘highly likely’ – despite the Home Secretary sayingContinue reading →
Those of you who know me well, will be aware that I have not been well in recent months.
Thanks to the excellent French medical service, which is second to none, I have undergone a batteryContinue reading →
The Algarve summer is over, and rather abruptly so.
On Sunday, I was at the beach, enjoying the final days of warm and dry bliss of this long summer of ’09.Continue reading →
The Queen has invited the Pope to ‘tea’ – “more tea Pope”? – next year at Buckingham Palace. According to The Catholic Herald, the Queen has “grown increasingly sympathetic” to the CatholicContinue reading →