Autumn

No other season has inspired poets and writers like autumn. From Keat’s season of mellow fruitfulness to Browing’s gigantic smile o’ brown old earth, autumn has been celebrated by masterful wordsmiths for time immemorial.
Spring, of course, is the bringer of new life and summer, at best, the extravagant celebration of all that life is.
But it [...]

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Only In England

England, some would have it, is not the country it once was. We are losing our culture, our heritage, our identity, they say. Quite who ‘they’ are of course remains a mystery, but they say a lot. Occasionally they make sense. Usually they don’t.
But one thing they cannot say is that we’re no longer a [...]

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Leave my melatonin alone

I’m in the wrong business. I should be in the screens business. Making them, selling them, whatever, but screens are where it’s at. This occurred to me the other day when someone asked me if I liked e-readers. I don’t, as a rule. Not that I single them out specifically for scorn, it’s just that [...]

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Sex, Lies and Videotapes

Working as I do for a principally a B2B consultancy, I’ve never yet had to orchestrate the “surprise” release of a sex tape to get a client up the news agenda.
In fact, looking like they do, I can only pray none of them have ever made one.
As PR stunts go they’ve become a prerequisite of [...]

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Don’t Vote, it Only Encourages Them*

I’ve never been to America, which is the first reason why I’m not qualified to write this blog post. Bad form for a 36 year-old Brit I know, I’ll get there someday. The second is that fundamentally, I know depressingly little about American politics. Practically nothing in fact, it has to be said. However, as [...]

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Straight Man, Funny Man and Olympic Legacies

Watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics on Sunday night will endure for me principally because of one devastating revelation; it became apparent that Boris Johnson and I share the same dance teacher.
Actually that’s not strictly speaking true as my disco prowess is essentially organic, unique some might say, but it is eerily close to [...]

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Pride, False Prophets and Making a Difference

I never intended to be a PR man it just worked out that way. I don’t mind though, there are after all worse things; despotic dictator for instance, one-armed masseur, guano collector. But following my line of work means I’m well acquainted with the practice of spin which, as an art form, if carried out [...]

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A Nation’s Hope

A Nation’s Hope

Hope is a marvellous thing; a beautiful, contagious, soul-assuring thing. And it’s rare to discover it in an almost unadulterated form, a form which is tangible, palpable and cohesive, untainted by jealousies or dissention.
That is the feeling I got walking round Tripoli, however. I may already be sporting the old rose-tinted Aviators after a fascinating [...]

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Murdoch is a Small Price to Pay for Democracy

I like rogues, always have. Not criminals, gangsters or madmen – I’m not the bloke who roots for the bad guy at the movies – but rogues. People who don’t conform; people who are prepared to go that bit further to get what they want. Perhaps I just wish I was a little bit more [...]

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Atheism Requires too much Faith (for my liking)

What’s your default religious setting? Agnostic? Atheist? Believer? Default being the position you’re reduced to when dangling perilously over troubled waters; the one inspired by fear of death or eternal loneliness; the thing that remains when rational thought has left the building.
For a long time mine was atheist, and proudly, vocally so. I adopted this [...]

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