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Posted at 2:29pm Tuesday 11th September 2012
They say that everyone has a book in them. That's possibly true, but it takes a lot of time and effort to get it out and onto the page...
Posted at 11:13am Tuesday 28th August 2012
Back to School - surely one of the most dismal, soul-sapping combinations of words in the English Language? Unless, of course, you are a parent, in which case you are probably thinking about cracking open a bottle of bubbly next Wednesday and doing a can can routine around the kitchen table.
Posted at 11:42am Tuesday 14th August 2012
I have to put my hand up and admit I was wrong about the Olympics...
Posted at 11:23am Monday 30th July 2012
Will the publication of JK Rowling's next blockbuster, set in the cut throat world of parish councils, provide opportunities for a whole new tour at Leavesden Studios?
Posted at 11:10am Monday 16th July 2012
These days, if you have the temerity to make a gesture that could be interpreted as socially graceful or just plain kind, people usually stare at you as if you are an alien visiting from a distant planet… which in a way you are.
Posted at 12:48pm Tuesday 3rd July 2012
Despite appearances to the contrary, this is the height of summer. Around this time of year newspapers are usually full of photos of mud-splattered music-lovers pretending to enjoy Glastonbury as they wade, thigh-deep, through acres of hazardous slurry.
Posted at 1:05pm Monday 18th June 2012
You might imagine that a couple of weeks away on holiday would have left me in a relaxed and mellow mood, and, for the most part, you’d be right.
Posted at 11:33am Monday 21st May 2012
Any day now the Olympic torch will be passing through a town or a village near you. No doubt hordes of people will turn out to cheer on the progress of an object that looks like a golden cheese grater crossed with a super-size cornetto.
Posted at 11:15am Tuesday 8th May 2012
Being trapped in a pitch black lobby in my 300-year-old office after hours has made me reassess my love of the ghost story.
Posted at 11:41am Monday 23rd April 2012
A couple of weeks ago, an ill-advised woman called Samantha Brick wrote a feature in the Daily Mail about how beautiful she was. Ms Brick was, apparently, possessed of such pulchritudinous power that airline captains would spontaneously deliver a bottle of champagne to her seat when she boarded their plane and lustful men would pay for her train ticket the moment she joined the queue at the station. As you can imagine, Samantha’s feature attracted a lot of attention.