Plus, why John Cleese still has some growing up to do
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Wednesday 20 January 2010
Traditionalists may not like it, but it appears that children who text regularly may be better spellers and readers.
Sunday 29 November 2009
Once again, it started with a telephone call a long, long time ago. Would I be interest- ed in doing Celebrity Mastermind? Like most things that I'm asked to do far in advance, I agreed, and then sort of forgot about it. Until about two weeks ago, that is, when I noticed a frightening-looking reminder in my diary. To make things even worse, I was having problems with my "specialist subject".
Thursday 19 November 2009
Breakfast, as anyone who interacts with games kit or sleep-deprived teens will tell you, is a delicate time. Nerves are raw, the tempo of the day is still to be set and the slightest irritation, like burnt toast, or Gordon Brown saying "I feel the pain of families" on the radio, has the capacity to provoke out of all proportion. Some listeners enjoy being jolted into their day with a scrap about Conservative party selection procedure, but most others will say 'take me away from all this'.
Monday 21 September 2009
Monday 17 August 2009
Work: Plays a ‘big beast’ correspondent in the BBC2 comedy Taking the Flak. Film credits include Titanic.
Life: Jarvis, 68, is married to actress and director Rosalind Ayres and has two sons and two grandchildren.
Balance: Produces and directs BBC radio dramas, such as Alan Ayckbourn’s Man of the Moment and Ian Fleming’s Dr No.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Farewell then to David Hencke, The Guardian's veteran political correspondent. Hencke has worked for the Graun since 1976, but with a handsome redundancy cheque under his belt is off to write books and to dig his allotment.
Tuesday 05 May 2009
Monday 04 May 2009
Sunday 03 May 2009
Although not a parties man, even George Orwell would have enjoyed the awards for political writing held in his name at the Foreign Press Association on the Mall, London. For, with only three gongs to be dished out – best book, best journalism and best blog – guests could relax, safe in the knowledge they could soon get back to chatting and drinking.
Friday 01 May 2009
Monday 13 April 2009
A contestant on the television quiz Mastermind was surprised to be called by a BBC researcher to ask him for help to set his own questions.
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial