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Out and About in the Fourth Estate With Steven Gilfillan

Bizarre-ha Of all the achievements the grey-haired, and now bespectacled Joseph Nettexe may, and often does boast – all of it set out in a voluminous résumé – a first hard hour at the woolsack is not about to be one of them. Mr Nettexe plc is voluble in stating this himself, as often as […]

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Curing the Pig, by Eliza Granville

Episode 3 The Quixotesque misadventures of unreconstructed Marcher Morgan Jones-Jones, who has probably not heard of the suffragettes let alone second- and third-wave feminists. As instructed by his Mam, Morgan still wore a vest. And, in spite of the macho posturing, he wasn’t much of a drinker either. Almost a closet teetotaller, in fact. Certain […]

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Curing the Pig, by Eliza Granville

Episode 2 The Quixotesque misadventures of unreconstructed Marcher Morgan Jones-Jones, who has probably not heard of the suffragettes let alone second- and third-wave feminists. Not everyone agreed about the name – or about the man. Few minds are open to us. It’s another curse of the Age. Only three we managed to contact, but three […]

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the apathetic nation

ARE WE A NATION BEYOND CARING? By Paul Halas They partied and broke their own rules; they’ve been rumbled but will there now be a reckoning? The whitewash is already underway, Allegra Stratton is the blood sacrifice and an inquiry, of sorts, is to be held – led by someone who allegedly attended one of […]

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Be careful what you wish for!

Boris Johnson is hopeless By Phil Hall I made a suggestion on Mariella Frostrup’s Book Programme decades ago which she broadcast with a laugh. It was my opportunity to offend the whole English nation: Why not celebrate Saint George’s Day as they do in Spain? Give a book and a flower. This way we can […]

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Curing the Pig, by Eliza Granville

Episode 1 The Quixotesque misadventures of unreconstructed Marcher Morgan Jones-Jones, who has probably not heard of the suffragettes let alone second- and third-wave feminists. From the beginning the stories spun around the affairs of woman, man, and pig have been singularly ravelled. And how could it be otherwise when the threads of their genetic make-up […]

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Depression: episode 31

By Dan Pearce Dan Pearce has done editorial work for many magazines and newspapers including New Society, Honey, 19, Oz, The Observer, The Times and Sunday Times, Mayfair and Penthouse. Dan has created book and record covers, political cartoons, comic strips and caricatures and he has written two graphic novels: ‘Critical Mess’ (against the nuclear industry) and ‘Oscar: The […]

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Henry VIII: Enemy of the people

The king was a genocidal megalomaniac Bluebeard, a Caligula By Phil Hall A beloved and ailing aunt, a great artist and a generous and beautiful soul, someone loved by nearly all living things (from turtles, cats and dogs, to the husband of a favourite niece) woke up in the middle of the night and called […]

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The Certainty of George Weigel

by Jon Elsby 1 George Weigel is a controversial figure. A Catholic intellectual and a political and cultural conservative of a distinctively American kind, he is greatly admired by those who share his convictions and severely criticized by those who do not, including some of his co-religionists. But reactions to Weigel are rarely mild. For […]

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Photo-essay: Growing up in Metro Manila

The life of the children of street traders and trishaw drivers By Inge Colijn In January 2020 I spent a week in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. I was struck by the many young children I saw being cared for by grandparents, parents and siblings. The children were looked after while their family tended […]

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How can you help a child with anxiety enjoy Christmas?

Many children with anxiety see Christmas as a negative thing. By Stuart Thompson The last 2 years have been far from normal, and last Christmas was quite different for many of us. As Christmas draws closer, we are bombarded with imagery of happy, contented families without a care in the world. However, it’s rarely as ideal or […]

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