Election? What election?

I hate elections. And I particularly hate the US presidential election. Try as I might, I just cannot work up the slightest enthusiasm for it. Or even the vaguest smidgeon of interest. I ought to feel guilty about that but I don’t. Try as I might to ignore the saturation coverage, it’s unavoidable, and irritating …

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No orchids for Mr Brand

No question the hottest story of the week has been Brandgate, pushing Robert Peston and the recession off the front pages and onto the backburner. Things moved fast today when the BBC announced first the suspension of Brand and co-broadcaster Jonathan Ross, then Brand’s resignation. The fate of Ross remains unknown but Brand was always …

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Held to account

Ever been without a bank account? With the turbulence on the global financial markets over the past few days, not having a bank account probably seems like a pretty good idea. BBC Magazine looked at the difficulties of surviving in modern society on cash alone. The story touched only briefly on the concept of so-called …

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Dirty old town

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”, Samuel Johnson famously wrote in 1777. I am neither a man nor tired of life, but I tired of London a long time ago. Leaving London was one of my better ideas. I’ve …

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MEN behaving radically

It’s not often bloggers are offered the opportunity to have a look round a modern newsroom at a major regional paper, so when the Manchester Evening News announced it would host the latest meeting for Manchester’s blogging community it didn’t take long for the limited number of spaces available to be filled. The MEN recently …

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Blogging the bloggers

Tomorrow sees me heading off to the nearby metropolis of Manchester for the Manchester Bloggers meeting. I’m not strictly a Manchester blogger but I might soon be, if all goes according to plan. I’ve been invited to about 3 of these over the last few years – each time I cancelled at the last minute …

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The invisible older woman

It’s not been a good week this week if you are female and over 30. First, the news broke that newsreader Selina Scott is to bring an age discrimination claim against Channel 5, as yet another older woman vanishes off our screens, as Joan Bakewell so eloquently wrote yesterday. Today, the latest report on the …

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Tomorrow's hacks right here, right now

My favourite student journalist (although, strictly speaking, he’s now graduated with top marks) is Dave Lee. Dave has wasted no time in setting up a blog ring for young journalists – TNTJ. This has all the makings of a great venture, knowing Dave. So here’s a quick toast to their future success. Chin chin!