Category: “Arts

Mandela is a great man, Invictus a great film

Posted on 16 January 2010 | 8:01am

A friend of ours is a member of Bafta and so gets all the films up for awards. We have been lucky enough to see about a dozen in recent weeks, from Up In The Air (I liked it, Fiona loved it) to Funny People (Adam Sandler is a very funny person), Brothers (strong) to […]

And the musicians of the decade were … The Beatles and The King

Posted on 31 December 2009 | 6:12pm

Other than urging David Cameron to have as his New Year Resolution the promise to set out a detailed set of policies covering the major areas of national life – and meanwhile the Pig on Runway A is set for take off – and urging the British press to start scrutinising the Tories a tenth […]

Giggs gets my Sports Personality vote, but I’ll miss the big moment

Posted on 11 December 2009 | 1:12pm

I cannot quite believe I will be missing BBC Sports Personality of the Year tomorrow night, and if I told you the reason … oh spare me the embarrassment. I’ll give you a clue. My daughter can’t quite believe she is missing the final of X-Factor, but if I tell you that she is a […]

Tories far from ‘effete and unfamiliar’ when it comes to twisted tax priorities

Posted on 18 November 2009 | 9:11am

After yesterday’s rebuttal of the FT Deutschland, I come a bit closer to home today, to rebut a piece that has popped up in my inbox from the Evening Standard. A better paper since Boris’s wannabee arts supremo (ahem) Veronica Wadley was despatched from the editor’s chair, the Standard’s writers could nonetheless do with honing […]

Congrats to Ellie on PPB campaign, and Willy Hague on getting van Rompuy

Posted on 17 November 2009 | 11:11am

Congratulations to young (I know it sounds patronising, but it is kind of relevant) Ellie Gellard who is today enjoying the sweet taste of campaign success. To people with political blood flowing through their veins, there are few better feelings. Ellie started the online campaign to persuade the Labour powers-that-be to choose, as their next party […]

Biscuitgate and Susan Boyle, no win territory for GB

Posted on 19 October 2009 | 12:10pm

How long before ‘Biscuitgate’ pops up in the ongoing saga of Gordon Brown and his choice of favourite biscuit? Oh, it just did. Richard Nixon, you who opened our politics to the Daddy of the Gates, the Water-one, you have a lot to answer for. Biscuitgate is real ‘can’t win territory’ for GB, as I learned at the […]

A line by line guide to the Mail statement on Gately article outrage

Posted on 16 October 2009 | 7:10pm

Mail Group Obergruppenfuhrer Paul Dacre continues to hide under his stone so instead of getting his balding head above the parapet to deal with the Stephen Gately storm, he has left it to a statement from the hapless Jan Moir to try to repair the commercial damage her/his article has done. It reveals hitherto unnoticed comic […]

Hit the Mail where it hurts

Posted on 16 October 2009 | 4:10pm

According to a Facebook friend, the Daily Mail has rewritten the article about Stephen Gately that has caused an outpouring of offence across social networking sites. This will have been a direct response to the fact that the Mail, and the journalist Jan Moir, were suddenly trending on Twitter, with the vast bulk of comments […]

Inspired by kids’ green passion

Posted on 14 October 2009 | 6:10pm

Back from a very nice day spent talking about campaigns with 100 schoolchildren aged 11-14 who have decided they’re going to change the world – or at least the bits of the world they live in. Ten teams of ten are the finalists in the npower Climate Cops SOS competition to find the best green […]

Musings from Bertie Ahern, and how I won the Nobel prize for literature

Posted on 12 October 2009 | 9:10am

By popular demand (well, a few Facebook friends and a few Irish journalists) here are some of Bertie Ahern’s reflections from my 80 minute chat with him at the Cheltenham Book Festival. As I tweeted yesterday, he thought Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was premature; that these prizes should be for achievement not expectation, and […]