Democratic party strategist who guided presidential candidates like Humphrey, McGovern and Mondale
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Friday 26 June 2009
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Esther Rantzen may have the unyielding support of the 24-hour news brigade, but not everyone has been quite so easy to win over in her bid to stand as an independent MP.
No laughing matter: From heckling to bottling, Britain's leading stand-up comics recall the horror of their first gig
Sunday 10 May 2009
Friday 08 May 2009
Sunday 19 April 2009
It is attributed to Peter Cook: the anecdote in which an enthusiastic young ingénue approaches a seasoned old cove at a party and says, "I'm writing a novel," and the old cove (Cook) deadpans: "What a coincidence. Neither am I." Time was when every student, wannabe, scribbler and hack was trapped (obviously) at a party thinking guiltily about the empty garret with the unstarted manuscript gathering dust as they drank. Now it seems that everyone really is writing a novel. Hardly any of them novelists.
Thursday 28 August 2008
Saturday 23 August 2008
Bonekickers, BBC1<br />Would I Lie to You?, BBC1<br />Nothing but the Truth, Sky Three<br />Lab Rats, BBC2
Sunday 13 July 2008
Friday 06 June 2008
Monday 07 April 2008
Friday 04 April 2008
The co-creator of the controversial hit musical Jerry Springer: The Opera has got another icon of modern American pop culture in his sights, the late glamour model Anna Nicole Smith.
Thursday 20 March 2008
There are many playwrights you might expect to write a sympathetic play about the Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, but Howard Brenton is probably not one of them. This the man who, along with David Hare, David Edgar and Caryl Churchill was at the epicentre of Britain's blazing maelstrom of left-wing theatre that dominated the 1980s. He's the man who got the establishment in a tizz with the infamous Romans In Britain (1980), whose scenes of simulated buggery prompted Mary Whitehouse to mount a private prosecution against Michael Bogdanov, the play's director. He's a socialist and an atheist, a mischievous and sometimes pugilistic iconoclast who has carved a prolific career out of attacking right-wing institutions and sending up England's romanticised notions of its own mythology. So what's he doing writing what he calls "an apology to the memory" of a Tory, and one who stood so emphatically for the old England of empire at that?
Sunday 16 March 2008
Communities, there's nothing like them. Everyone wants one. Apparently they're dying out all over the place, with old pubs and post offices closing. So people are making new ones. We're all used to the idea of the black community, whatever that is, and the gay community, ditto, and now there are online ones. Instead of communities made up of people you're stuck with – your ghastly neighbours, the awful village shop whose owners never raise their game beyond spaghetti hoops – you can make communities of interest.
Sunday 22 October 2006
Wednesday 24 May 2006
Sir Edmund Hillary has condemned attitudes to climbing Mount Everest as "horrifying" as climbers "don't give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress".
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
- 1 Universities aren't working us hard enough, say undergraduates
- 2 Lego letter from the 1970s still offers a powerful message to parents 40 years later
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'