Eleanor Doughty is dismayed at the news that some universities and colleges are offering rewards like fee reductions or laptops to students with good grades
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Sunday 23 January 2011
Monday 29 November 2010
Enid Blyton must be gyrating in her grave.
Tuesday 19 October 2010
Friday 17 September 2010
Books: I'm like an old dinosaur living in the countryside writing books in longhand or on my old manual typewriter – but I've learnt a lot about modern technology reading 'In Office Hours' by Lucy Kellaway. A young female executive has an office affair with a young trainee and another one has an affair with her married boss. Naturally, their worlds come unstuck and they are destined for hell and damnation at the end. I just read 'Dash: Bitch of the Year' by Andrew Dilger. More than 10,000 greyhounds die a year. It really upsets me.
Monday 06 September 2010
Monday 23 August 2010
You need to have your wits about you at a Laura Solon show. The 2005 Perrier Award winner crams so many jokes, witticisms and observations into her rapidly delivered narratives, it can be all too easy to miss gems. Her writing is tight; in places, it glitters: “She’s not an expert”, runs one delightful epigram. “She has a brain capacity estate agents would call ‘cosy’”.
Sunday 08 August 2010
Susan Hill's resolution to spend a whole year reading and re-reading nothing but the books in her house – no buying new paperbacks, no sneaky trips to the library – has resulted in this pleasantly opinionated memoir.
Saturday 17 July 2010
Thursday 01 July 2010
Is this a rubbish gag about some underperforming businessman?
Tuesday 22 June 2010
I laughed at the report of convicted murderer Brian Lawrence's escape attempt. Locked up in the Isle of Wight's Parkhurst prison, the 67-year-old had plotted to buy a helicopter to spring him from the high security jail by sending notes written in "invisible ink" – lemon juice – to accomplices outside. It was a trick straight out of a 1950s Boy's Own annual. A quick press with a hot iron and, hey presto!, the words emerge in pale brown script. Barry Greenberry, prison governor, paid tribute to the way his team had "diligently pieced together intelligence" to stop the escape. Presumably by reading Enid Blyton.
Sunday 09 May 2010
To celebrate 70 years of Puffin books the publisher has released a list of its 70 favourite children’s titles.
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial sign language interpreter was a 'fake'
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial