As we approach a time when there will be no more survivors, focus is intensifying on recording their stories and learning the lessons of then – for now
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Monday 02 February 2009
Thursday 29 January 2009
I found much to love about Icelandic society during a visit to Reykjavik last week, which was unexpected given that the country is practically bankrupt and in the throes of revolution, albeit a fairly tame one. But I stumbled upon an open and optimistic society, apparently untrammelled by the class mores which overly trouble so many English people. They are in good health, walk clean, safe streets and are incredibly attentive to the importance of family.
Monday 08 December 2008
Damian Green is enjoying the moment. Can't blame him really. Must be like winning the lottery. His was a modest political career, plodding along. Then suddenly the genial MP became an accidental hero, his name emblazoned in lights of indignation.
Thursday 20 November 2008
"What is the point in having a public phone-in if the popular ones get pressured off anyway? They may as well just let the judges decide," commented contributor DgembaDgemba on the website Digital Spy yesterday after John Sergeant's abrupt departure from BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.
Sunday 14 September 2008
Uh oh – gremlins at work at 'The Guardian'. Hugh Muir's diary last week referred to a certain "Mahatma Ghandi", only for the Corrections and Clarifications column to correct the mistake a few days later (it's Gandhi). All well and good. Except that on the previous page of that day's paper, Dame Polly Toynbee, of all people, was calling him "Ghandi" again. This led to another correction the following day, but curiously on this occasion the precise whereabouts of the mis-spelling was left rather vague, as "elsewhere in the paper". Poor Hugh – why didn't they spare his blushes too?
Thursday 04 September 2008
It would be easy (and snobbish) to sneer at the latest batch of diploma subjects for secondary school students announced by the Government this week, which includes hair and beauty and hospitality. Seminars in how to deal with difficult customers and lessons in all the different ways of styling hair may not seem the kind of text-book based stuff previous generations focused on, but these are practical skills which will ensure a job, and, hopefully reconnect a group of hard-to-reach young people to the learning process in a way they can relate to.
Monday 09 June 2008
While others around you lose their heads, what's the answer to 12 across? That was the question bugging fun-loving environment minister Phil Woolas, when a Pandora mole walked in to his office last week.
Sunday 27 April 2008
Monday 14 April 2008
Tuesday 12 February 2008
Natasha Kaplinsky has embarrassed television bosses by questioning whether she is worth the "astonishing" and "ridiculous" amount of money she earns as a newsreader.
Monday 07 January 2008
Sunday 16 December 2007
BBC officials repeatedly altered the Wikipedia internet encyclopaedia to water down attacks on the corporation, The Independent on Sunday can disclose.
Sunday 10 July 2005
Monday 17 January 2005
Sunday 17 October 2004
Strictly Come Dancing, the Saturday night television hit that made ballroom dancing unexpectedly cool, is to become one of the BBC's biggest money-spinning exports.
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