Something to Declare
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Friday 06 November 2009
Sesame Street celebrates its 40th birthday this year and all of its most beloved characters have been enjoying the party. The development of Sesame Street has been a long journey full of foam letters, number songs and most importantly laughter. Along the way we have been introduced to some of the best loved characters in television including Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch (who resides in a trash can) and Bert and Ernie, the show’s notorious buddies who, thanks to Ernie, often get up to no good.
Monday 22 June 2009
A 15-year-old boy beat a toddler to death, a court heard today.
Saturday 23 May 2009
Wednesday 20 May 2009
Two weeks ago, Justin Rose set out at The Players Championship telling the readers of his blog, "I need to be a role model now that I have a baby". Four days later he was seen behind the 18th green snapping his putter in half. That's golf for you. Best-laid intentions almost invariably end up in two pieces in the nearest trash can. It will not take long for little Leo Rose to appreciate that.
Thursday 07 May 2009
Labour activist Derek Draper has quit as editor of the LabourList website following the scandal of a No 10 smear campaign designed to destabilise the Tories.
Monday 16 February 2009
Think before you speak
What do anti-PC lobbyists want? The right to call out insults at every passing OAP, fat person, black person, veil-wearing person, disabled person? Will the new political correctness be unlimited offensiveness? Since when did the right to be as vilely insulting as one likes become the mark of an advanced society? If people want to go back to the days when landlords could advise, "No blacks, Irish or dogs" with impunity, just go on giving the foul-mouthed bigots a licence to present themselves as brave upholders of free speech. Otherwise, think before you speak.
Friday 23 January 2009
Thursday 22 January 2009
Delta Spirit's PR machine has been working overtime back home in the States, where this rookie San Diego quintet have already appeared on Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel's popular late night TV shows. Over there, they are one of the industry insider's hottest tips. But on this side of the Atlantic the band seem to have been overlooked by the music press's "Big in 2009" consensus.
The Weekend's Television: Lark Rise to Candleford, Sun, BBC1<br>Dustbin Baby, Sun, BBC1</br><br>Russell Brand's Christmas Ponderland, Sun, Channel 4</br>
Monday 22 December 2008
Wednesday 24 September 2008
Thursday 11 September 2008
Backstage before their show, drummer Rick McMurray is flexing his sticks, bassist Mark Hamilton is stretching his long limbs as if preparing to run the marathon, while front man Tim Wheeler is grinning with his guitar strapped round his neck. Then the casually dressed trio lock arms in a group hug. You wonder how much things have changed for the three members in the 16 years the Northern Irish band have been together.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
Monday 03 March 2008
Jacqueline Wilson's children's books feature five-year-olds being physically abused, 14-year-olds having affairs with their teachers, and mothers leaving their babies in dustbins.
Sunday 02 March 2008
Maybe she's been forewarned I can be bribed with cake, because when I arrive at the Fulham home of the garden writer Jane McMorland Hunter there is a strong smell of fresh pastry and an apple loaf cooling on the side. Her house is full of interesting things: it's piled with books, as McMorland Hunter worked in the gardening department of Hatchards in London's Piccadilly for 23 years, and here in her hall is the beautiful old hand-painted sign they used to take to the Chelsea Flower Show, saved from a skip.
Friday 22 February 2008
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach