Monthly Archives: October 2012

This might be the hardest post I have had to write

This might be the hardest post I have had to write. A few years ago, a very strange advert appeared in the Law Society Gazette. It is the free magazine sent to all solicitors every week, whether they want it … Continue reading

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The television news service Ceefax came to an end this week, the arrival of nationwide digital television having brought about the end of the analogue service on which it ran. In truth, I haven’t used it for years and it … Continue reading

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Ms Jackson

This isn’t really a ‘musical memory’ post as such. I was listening to The Music Machine on Friday night and they played this song. That is, as the caption says, Australian band The Vines covering Outkast’s song Ms Jackson. Hearing … Continue reading

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A Small Achievement

If there is one thing that my family is not very outspoken about – and believe me, we are very outspoken about a lot of things (usually each other) when we want to be – it is individual achievements. We … Continue reading

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Heroes and Villains

One of the ways that the internet has revolutionised communication, perhaps more than is generally realised, is the way that it allows people to find an audience for their opinions. Now, sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it is … Continue reading

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Lettered Times

It may or may not surprise you to know that I have on occasion written to magazines and newspapers other than Smash Hits. I am probably proudest of having had a letter accidentally published in Private Eye. It was only … Continue reading

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Being Published

On a couple of occasions recently I have been asked what the first thing I ever had published was. This is a difficult question to answer, because I never know at what level the questioner expects me to begin. For … Continue reading

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