It’s so easy to laugh It’s so easy to hate, It takes guts to be gentle and kind…. I never thought I’d quote Morrissey here, but he’s right, isn’t he? When someone cuts you up on the motorway, or is noisier than you think they should be, or behaves in some way that inconveniences or […]

  A quick one this morning. The BBC is running a story about a campaign by road safety charity Brake to ban the use of hands-free mobiles on the road. They’ve a few studies and numbers to back up their campaign, and I’m not going to go into the rights and wrongs of it because in […]

This morning, the new London Gateway “super-port” opened for business. Lots of big ships will come and unload their fridges and cars and 50″ plasma TVs and rare and exotic potatoes, and because the population density is so high in the South-East of England, this will mean things arrive in the country that little bit […]

You wouldn’t want to be running PR for HS2. Not these days. Every time you open your mouth to announce something good, it’s been spiked before you’ve got your first sentence out. So just last week, just as Government was sternly reminding Labour that the project needs cross-party support if it’s going to survive and […]

Let’s play – PRESS BARON BINGO! Every time you hear one of the lies below, simply cross out the box. When you’ve got the lot, just comment below! Extra marks for getting them all from the same source – Roger Alton from The Times is off to a cracking start! The press weren’t consulted The […]

The world’s a very different place from the one I grew up in back in the late seventies and eighties. I’m not talking pace-of-life, or geopolitics, or technology, although obviously all of those things have changed beyond comprehension (which should give anyone who thinks they can predict what things will look like in thirty or […]

The only verified likeness of St Cuthbert of Liebster, currently on display in the Uffizi Gallery For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the world of blogging is awash with the notion of “paying it forward”. Doing good turns, passing on your good fortune, all good clean wholesome stuff. And that includes the […]

  Well that almost slipped by without my noticing it at all. My last post, The “S” Word, was my hundredth. Probably not the one I’d have chosen to mark such a significant event, but what the hell. It seems an appropriate time to sit back and reflect on what I have achieved, with my hundred […]

So now the Executive Editor of the Times is at it. Rumour-mongering, stirring panic, spreading disinformation. He doesn’t want a statutory body, he says, because that would be the end of 300 years of a free press. The story’s here, and you can skip the Hugh Grant bit if you like. Let’s be clear on […]

If you can pick on Ed, when all around you Are at the Tory conference writing wittily on Dave, If the simplest of ideas, like “truth”, confound you, If nineteenth-century England is what you really crave, If you can lie and not be tired by lying, Or crashing some memorial, like the classy folk you […]