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Will MPs take the lead in the debate on euthanasia?

Posted on 15 July 2009 | 12:07pm

There is something very moving about the accounts of the deaths, together in a private Swiss clinic, of conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife Joan, a former ballet dancer. Though he was older by eleven years, and frail, it was she who was terminally ill, and their mutual assisted death clearly seen by them and […]

Berlin brothel leads the way to a greener world

Posted on 14 July 2009 | 10:07am

I don’t think I have ever been in a brothel. I say ‘don’t think’ because I did wander into a somewhat sexually charged bar with a photographer colleague in Nairobi once which, he informed me the next day, was in fact a front for all manner of stuff going on upstairs. The hero of my novel, […]

A time for GB to explain the whole picture

Posted on 13 July 2009 | 12:07pm

Today all the focus is on Afghanistan. But it is worth looking for a moment at other situations in which the Government has called on our military to risk their lives. First, in Northern Ireland, and as that part of the UK continues to take steps through normality towards a lasting peaceful settlement, the troops who served […]

All hail Monty, Jimmy and Collie!

Posted on 12 July 2009 | 8:07pm

I thought I would get back from the triathlon (good fun but horrible wind), clamber onto the sofa and fall asleep in front of Australia’s cruise towards victory in the first Test. Sleep? Not a chance. One of the cliche complaints trotted out by people who don’t get cricket is that a match can last […]

First triathlon of the summer for me, education award for Fiona

Posted on 12 July 2009 | 9:07am

The triathlon season is well under way, and today is my first of the summer. However, in part because of a shoulder injury which has prevented me from swimming, I am taking part in a relay, with Olympic gold medal-winning canoeist Tim Brabants the one getting wet for the cause, before I get on the […]

Of Burnley’s friendly and Obama’s wandering eye

Posted on 11 July 2009 | 12:07pm

I know some of you think I am overly obsessed with football, and Burnley in particular. But I normally draw the line at travelling north for pre-season friendlies. I am only going to our first of the season, at Bradford City this afternoon, to get some final shots and interviews for the BBC programme I […]

Two great early morning moments

Posted on 10 July 2009 | 10:07am

I was up north for a wedding yesterday, in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Hence the stunning backdrops to telly interviews I did on David Cameron, Andy Coulson and the News of the World phone hacking scandal. ‘Oh Heathcliffe, Heathcliffe,’ or variants on the theme, was the most common text message that […]

Cameron had better be sure he’s right

Posted on 9 July 2009 | 11:07am

So David Cameron has pronounced that Andy Coulson is safe in his job. Assuming Mr Cameron does the basics of leadership, that means he has satisfied himself that his communications director did nothing improper or illegal, nor condoned, used or benefited from anything improper or illegal, in his time as editor of the News of the […]

Guardian scoop has big questions for press, cops and Cameron

Posted on 8 July 2009 | 8:07pm

It is not often that a breaking news story stops me getting into the car and going to see my Mum up north before heading on to Burnley tomorrow to carry on with the film I am making on the club’s promotion to the Premiership. The News of the World phonetap story is one such. Maybe […]

Divisive legend: Lance Armstrong

Posted on 7 July 2009 | 10:07am

There are few more divisive sportsmen than Lance Armstrong. To some (many of them French, who would rather one of their own had dominated the Tour de France) he is a cheat who could not have achieved what he has without doping. To others he is a hero, not just because of his remarkable sporting […]