2:38pm Friday 29th August 2014
IF YOUR bedtime reading choices say as much about you as your iTunes downloads – and we all know how important they are, because Top People like Barak Obama and, um, Gordon Brown, have shared their playlists (fyi, their faves are Jay-Z and Arctic Monkeys respectively) – then I’ve become a bit of a radical.
9:19am Thursday 28th August 2014
FIRST of all let’s qualify this thing. There is no way I would sit in a cinema and illegally record a film (too generally law-abiding/cowardly). Further, I am unlikely to ever watch Fast And Furious 6.
9:43am Tuesday 26th August 2014
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11:55am Friday 22nd August 2014
I ONCE read a book about painting seascapes. Goodness knows why I picked it out of the bookshelves — it must have been a very rainy Saturday in the days before internet and entertainment on tap 24 hours a day.
9:40am Thursday 21st August 2014
“WHO do you trust?” Four simple words, but what a lot of complication, obfuscation and bafflement this phrase has led us through. Yes, tonight sees the final episode of The Honourable Woman, the BBC2 political thriller that’s been the TV treat of the summer.
9:11am Tuesday 19th August 2014
WATCHING an advert recently, I genuinely believed the subject matter to be genuine. “Are you suffering from TSD?” a holidaymaker asked, before going on to describe the symptoms of Travel Selfie Disorder.
2:35pm Monday 18th August 2014
WE DIDN’T have to do cartwheels when we got our A-level results, that’s for sure. But now, it’s almost obligatory for flowing-locked teenagers to be pictured everywhere by their local newspaper photographer taking a spin on the school playing field.
10:49am Saturday 16th August 2014
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3:18pm Tuesday 12th August 2014
THE wine, the cheese, the fashion, the language – what’s not to like about France? Well, the cheese, for a start. I hate the stuff. But after a week in the capital city I’d certainly give the country’s other attributes a thumbs-up.
2:07pm Monday 11th August 2014
12:33pm Friday 8th August 2014
I'M just back from a visit to the homeland and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. A group of ex-schoolmates on Facebook had mooted the idea of tracking down our favourite teacher, David Griffiths, and taking him out for a beer or two in Edinburgh.
9:26am Thursday 7th August 2014
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12:42pm Friday 1st August 2014
The news about the zombie apocalypse in Brighton and Hove has not, I feel, been given the attention it deserves. You’d have thought that real live – well, undead – zombies lurching through the streets on the south coast would have caused a bit of a stir.
9:14am Friday 1st August 2014
York MP Hugh Bayley celebrates victory in his campaign to have the Government publish figures on flood protection spending as official statistics and for them to be vetted by the UK Statistics Authority.
10:49am Thursday 31st July 2014
IRONIC isn’t it? As we approach the centenary of the war to end all wars, never, or at least not since the Cuban missile crisis, has the world been closer to the real war to end all wars; the one where everyone gets blown up.
10:24am Tuesday 29th July 2014
2:23pm Monday 28th July 2014
I’VE just spent an evening being on my best behaviour. That, people who know me might say, makes a change. But when you’re meeting your son’s girlfriend’s parents for the first time glugging back too much booze, making non-pc jokes, slagging off politicians of whatever hue and making holier-than-though statements about religion just doesn’t cut it does it?
12:44pm Friday 25th July 2014
SINCE Scotland is going to feature a lot on television in the next two weeks, I thought I would write today's column on Scottish independence, a debate that always evokes sensations of deja vu for me. I was in Czechoslovakia before, during and many times after its split into the Slovak and Czech Republics.
9:52am Thursday 24th July 2014
FOREIGN news is what you step round while approaching something familiar. Sometimes such news is hard to grasp; sometimes it is too depressing for words. And sometimes ‘foreign news’ reaches up from the hard ground many thousands of feet below and destroys the plane you are sitting in.
3:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014
I HAVE just read a teens’ guide to good manners. While it is all very useful - be punctual, don’t leave mobile phones on the table at mealtimes, look waiters in the eye, and say thank you, don’t talk about yourself all the time, don’t be a nasty person - I personally think such tips would be more usefully directed at adults.
3:31pm Monday 21st July 2014
10:21am Friday 18th July 2014
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9:38am Thursday 10th July 2014
DO YOU remember life in that long-ago era before Google? The leading search engine has been around for what seems like ages now. How long? Oh, just Google it. It’s very easy to do and that’s one of the problems.
3:17pm Tuesday 8th July 2014
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10:06am Thursday 3rd July 2014
WE’VE done this before, the old car and me. Six or seven years ago each of us had fewer miles on the clock. On that occasion the Volvo estate was packed to the ceiling with the belongings of number one son on his return from university.
10:04am Tuesday 1st July 2014
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1:49pm Monday 30th June 2014
2:27pm Friday 27th June 2014
I was invited by the French President, Francois Hollande, to Sword Beach in Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings. He invited me because I am the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
1:20pm Friday 27th June 2014
11:33am Thursday 26th June 2014
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2:41pm Thursday 19th June 2014
WHAT is a newspaper column? Well, according to the Penguin Book Of Columnists it is “more of a performance than an expression of intellectual argument, and it tends to react to contemporary events and shared experiences”.
12:41pm Tuesday 17th June 2014
SUPPORTING my local football team was instilled in me by my dad when I was only ten. When we moved from the Channel Islands to Sussex in the late 1970s, we followed our nearest team, Brighton & Hove Albion.
8:07am Saturday 14th June 2014
11:49am Friday 13th June 2014
12:07pm Thursday 12th June 2014
MOST agree that education should be free, but every four years England's footballers are given, at no cost, a master class in how the beautiful game should be played and every four years they fail to pay any attention.
12:03pm Monday 9th June 2014
WE gate-crashed a lunch the other day. Uninvited, we sauntered into the thick of a very splendid occasion, tucked into the food on offer, managed to wangle ourselves a drink and plonked ourselves down on the top table.
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