Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 2 (Tuesday)

It was a day when the Leveson Inquiry got to hear from three Journalists. The first to appear was Richard Peppiatt, a junior journalist on The Daily Star. It is frankly hard to take it seriously even as a tabloid. … Continue reading

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The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 2 (Monday)

Three witnesses and the Leveson Inquiry continued the theme of one “ordinary civilian/innocent bystander” witness and two “celebrity” witnesses. Christopher Jefferies first came to media attention after Christmas 2010 or in the first days of January 211. He was landlord … Continue reading

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Ian Hislop….You Have Let Me Down!

Ian Hislop is one of my favourite “public” people. Although only in his early fifties, he has edited the British satirical magazine “Private Eye” for over twenty-five years. Hislop even as a twenty-something editor in the 1980s, he gave the … Continue reading

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John O’Dowd…More Faces Than The Albert Clock?

Interesting piece on local TV News tonight. John O’Dowd, Sinn Féin Minister for Education is imposing cuts of 5% (the prediction had been 3% ) on School Budgets. This will lead to pooorer services and of course unemployment for teachers … Continue reading

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The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 1

By general consent, the first week of hearing witnesses to the Leveson Inquiry into (British) Media Standards has been a very bad week to be a journalist or tabloidist. It must have been very uncomfortable listening for them. Monday to … Continue reading

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Celtic and Rangers Explained

Yesterday (Glasgow) Celtic beat St Mirren by 5-0 in a Scottish Premier League football match. Nothing surprising in that. Glasgows “Big Two”, the Old Firm, Celtic and Rangers are expected to convincingly beat the minnows from the twelve team League. … Continue reading

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Wootton Bassett And The Control Of Patriotism

Wootton Bassett (population 11,000) is a small town near Swindon in Wiltshire, England. It is also the nearest town to the British Air Force base to which the bodies of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are flown. On the way … Continue reading

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