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Monday 26 October 2009
Wednesday 08 July 2009
Sunday 07 June 2009
Sunday 22 March 2009
Feelings are running high at The Guardian over the treatment of two canteen employees, both called Anita. "Two of our longest-serving and most respected colleagues have been asked to work unworkable hours or take (a pitiful) redundancy," writes one journo. "Both Anitas, normally so cheerful, have been in tears for weeks." There is talk of the Guardian's employment practices being in breach of its "Living our Values" ethos and there may well be a canteen boycott this Wednesday.
Friday 13 February 2009
It seems unlikely that, decades from now, people will remember what they were doing on the day the Muzak died. But yesterday's news that the American company that manufactures the piped music has filed for bankruptcy protection has some cultural significance all the same.
Friday 16 January 2009
Monday 24 November 2008
Could it get worse at the New London than Gone with the Wind? It could. And it just did. Imagine This is a Holocaust musical that makes Springtime for Hitler look like The Sound of Music. You can have bad taste and call it laughter in the dark, but it's something else when Peter Polycarpou's ghetto leader Daniel staves off the evil moment with a string of Jewish jokes, such as the one about the boy who tells his mother he's playing a Jewish husband in the school play. He's pleased. She's not. "Tell them you want a speaking part," she fumes.
Friday 08 August 2008
Tuesday 05 August 2008
Sunday 15 June 2008
Thirty lovers. It's a nice round number. A nice round number that the French know what to do with but one which still sends many of the English into befuddling apoplexy.
Wednesday 30 April 2008
The truly appalling tale of Josef Fritzl, his daughter Elisabeth and the seven children she bore him has been held up – and not just by the British scandal sheets – as illustrative of another, much darker side of Austria. It is as though the world has suddenly remembered that, alongside Viennese balls, Strauss waltzes and the Alpine paradise of The Sound Of Music, Austria was also the birthplace of Adolf Hitler, a country where many hailed the Anschluss with enthusiasm, and the first member of the European Union to admit a far-right party to government.
Monday 03 March 2008
Monday 03 March 2008
Sunday 24 February 2008
Once I stopped being a newspaper editor, I began to notice a discrepancy between the sorts of things journalists were interested in and what their readers liked. Journalists like crime and politics and sex. Readers care about gardening and, as it turns out, singing.
Saturday 16 February 2008
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
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