Monthly Archives: June 2015

SHEDNOTES 125: A Filofacts – on Travel: Seaside Cafes

The Telegraph enraged some of its own readers with some poncey choices for “Britain’s 25 Best Seaside Cafes” at http://tinyurl.com/or4mlry/ However, we’re having the Devon and Cornwall ones, for starters, maybe a couple more, for the Filofacts, the Shed’s own … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 124: A poet on pirates

The Shed congratulates the writer and poet James Fenton on the PEN Pinter Prize he has been awarded, in recognition of great work based on reportage over many years. In honour, The Shed calls up its file on him, which … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 123: Modern History – the Battle of Britpop

The Shed enjoyed Laura Barton recalling 1995, at http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/05/pop-lost-tribal-fever-liam-gallagher-new-blur-single She wrote: All that summer and on into autumn, a kind of fever seemed to grip the nation, as if we were living under a perpetual midday sun, making mad dogs … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 122: Doping in sport – The Future?

The doping allegations against Mo Farah’s coach, Alberto Salazar, gave the Telegraph’s James Kirkup an opportunity to air the libertarian view that the thing to do about performance enhancement was let it rip … http://tinyurl.com/q6fp9sh/ He said (among other things): … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 121: Cliches to avoid like the plague

David Weston of Oxford noted in a letter to the Sunday Telegraph, 24.5.15: SIR – Many media outlets seem to have just two new units of measurement: football pitches (which are variable in size) and Wembley Stadiums. Perhaps I’m too … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 120: The way we were, not long ago

The Shed enjoyed a book called Half Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan, about a jazz band being hounded by the Nazis in Berlin for decadence in both music and racial tolerance. One shocking scene that stuck in our minds was … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 119: Charlie’s toots

A lot of us want to know … Just how pissed, how often, was Charlie Kennedy? A lot of functioning alcoholics must have been involved in the solemn reporting of his drink problem, which never again went unmentioned once it … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 118: A little bit of Seppticism

The Shed is instinctively suspicious of a hue & cry and feels obliged to make a point or two about Sepp Blatter being hounded into resignation from the presidency of Fifa. Shed experience includes some time in newsrooms and it … Continue reading

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WEST DARTMOOR NOTES 2 – The boat that makes a canoe look like the QE2 (also Shednotes 119)

A member of the Shed team recently wrote the following and had it published Tavistock Times 28.5.15. Pix available … I always wanted a coracle, or something like it – a simple boat you can carry. What I actually wanted, … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 118: Words lose out to war

The Shed has always been a bit curmudgeonly about the tendency to see politics as just another marketing challenge and notes with dry eyes that Tony Blair has given up trying to organise peace in the Middle East. Can’t blame … Continue reading

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