Monthly Archives: December 2013

READING FOR BOYS – A GHOST STORY

  Below is a slightly edited version of a piece by freelance journalist Hannah Betts which ran in the Telegraph of Halloween 2013.  Original article, with readers’ comments on it,  can be found at http://tinyurl.com/pfsqxf7/ Apologies to Hannah and the … Continue reading

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ON ISLAM AND WOMEN

  letter in Independent, 14.12/13 … I am writing with reference to Downing Street’s belated intervention on the subject of university segregation. The emerging scourge of gender apartheid within British institutions of higher learning must be eradicated. This supposedly traditional … Continue reading

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BOOKS & CDs OF 2013 – THE POLL OF POLLS

The Week magazine, 21.12.13, has pulled together the votes from newspapers’ books and records of the year and added its own to produce some best of the bests lists. Top 8 books … Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore – biography. … Continue reading

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FUNNY MEN WHO GOT HENDRIX STARTED

Observer Magazine 8.12.13 had an extract from a new biography of Jimi Hendrix – Starting At Zero: His Own Story (Bloomsbury) – put together by Alan Douglas and Peter Neal from Jimi’s own words, written and reported. His first band, … Continue reading

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TALKING TOOLS 1 & 2

TALKING TOOLS 1 Here goes with columns 1 and 2 in a series which is so far just a notion.  Posting now in the hope of picking up sympathetic readers with suggestions to make.  In 2002, the sci-fi writer William … Continue reading

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YET MORE OPINIONS

    I used to be a newspaper reporter and I am grateful to have had more or less a full career at it.  But sometimes I am reminded of the misery of having to write crap because crap was on … Continue reading

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techie tips – streaming tv

TV BOX Nice tips from David Behrens in his Technology column in the Yorkshire Post’s Saturday magazine(last week when this was posted first) on how to build a box, for £28, which will stream a lot of catch-up tv into … Continue reading

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BOOK LISTS

To be added to later …   In Sun. Tel. 14.7.13, the writer and professor of English John Sutherland congratulated Ian McEwan on his recommendation of a 1965 book, Stoner, by John Williams, as a summer read, and went on: … Continue reading

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CAT TRAINING

I sometimes pop into Theanswerbank.co.uk for help with a tricky crossword and have also had good technical help there on IT problems. It is a busy and nice site and its managers are attempting to draw traffic by sending out … Continue reading

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JOKES – FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

Daresay this got plenty of shows in the press but I liked the list of “First World Problems” gathered by the pollsters at London-based onepoll.com/ Selection from Top 50 as listed by Mirror: My personal trainer took the week off … Continue reading

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