Like many men, I am a lazy, good-for-nothing, selfish, forgetful, patronising, sex-obsessed bastard who drinks too much. Or so my wife points out. It's strange that I have ended up like this. I tried not to. I really did.
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Tuesday 02 March 2010
Friday 12 February 2010
The head of MI5 strongly defended the work of the Security Service last night in the face of damaging accusations that it had sought to cover up its involvement in the torture of detainees.
Sunday 07 February 2010
I defy anyone not to fall for Lissa Evans' smart, funny, ingenious, revealing tale of London life during the Second World War. Catrin is the girlfriend – posing as a wife – of self-centred war artist Ellis Cole, and working as a copywriter at a small advertising agency when the Ministry of Information asks for her help with the scripts for domestic propaganda films (girls working extra hours with a cheer, mums doing exciting things with swedes, and so on). Has-been actor Ambrose Hilliard has been drafted in to star, and lonely spinster seamstress Eleanor Beadmore helps with costumes. All three find that the war changes them and their relationships with those closest to them – with amusing and touching consequences.
Sunday 17 January 2010
Tuesday 05 January 2010
Islamist extremists will be banned from marching through Wootton Bassett if they insist on going ahead with a threatened protest in the Wiltshire town that has become synonymous with the sacrifice of troops in Afghanistan, the Government has warned.
Sunday 13 December 2009
Thursday 03 December 2009
Fine article at Labour List in defence of those 412 MPs that voted in favour of military action in Iraq in 2003, of whom he was one.
Sunday 22 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
Iain Dale is essentially right and more measured than I am prepared to be.
Thursday 15 October 2009
In Katyñ veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda tackles a terrible war crime carried out against the Polish people early in the Second World War.
Tuesday 13 October 2009
The beleaguered Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has ordered a special propaganda unit to "bombard" the foreign press with good news in an attempt to stem the tide of critical headlines overseas.
Thursday 01 October 2009
Sunday 27 September 2009
This classic collection of essays and criticism from the 1960s flatters the reader's intelligence without being intimidating. Sontag has seemingly read everything, from Sophocles to Sartre, but has the gift of explaining ideas in reader-friendly prose – a gift not shared by all the critics who followed the trail she blazed.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
Sunday 06 September 2009
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
- 4 Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda': Singer finally releases predictable video
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence