Posts tagged ‘The Guardian’

August 18, 2013

The Most Overpaid Apprentice in the World

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HRH Prince Charles, the world’s longest serving and most overpaid apprentice, has been making MPs nervous with his increasing desires to meddle in British politics.  The Guardian newspaper reported over the weekend that Prince Charles has seconded two of his staff to government offices, one was even in the cabinet! 

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June 14, 2013

What Does A Male Feminist Look Like?

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The Guardian today published a lovely article written by Australian comedian Ben Pobjie addressed to Australian men about the embarrassing sexist attitudes reaching international media attention, particularly as it is directed at Australia’s female prime minister.  I was only just gearing up to write about the disgusting menu presented at an Australian fund raiser for their opposition party where the Australian PM’s body parts were described when today another news story broke.  This time the Australian PM was asked whether her hair stylist husband was gay.

Whilst the article makes for an interesting read and I’m glad to see Australian men upset at the behaviour of other Australian men, the most interesting part of the article for me was a tiny paragraph in the middle of the article:

But I understand the urge to deny that sexism is happening, because I’m a man and I hate talking about sexism: it makes me feel guilty and self-conscious. It is, frankly, awkward.

So now I turn my post away from Australian men to men in general. Why does sexism make you feel guilty and awkward? 

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September 2, 2011

Hall of Fame: Alex Von Tunzelmann

Indian Summer is a wonderful book that I reviewed back in March.  Talented young historian, Alex Von Tunzelmann is the author and in addition to selling movie rights to the book Alex was an insightful and informed guest on BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions.  She launched a new book, Red Heat, which is a political and historical thriller about the Cold War set in the Caribbean.  You can hear Alex at the Women in History debate at the Hampstead Literary Festival, 13 September.

Alex,  I loved your book Indian Summer and have recommended it to all my friends, in particular I admired the way that you can mix historical facts with people’s personalities and give a truly insightful account as to what went on during the years surrounding Partition.  Does writing come naturally to you?

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August 10, 2011

First Wives Club

The Guardian reported a new craze of divorce parties taking place in the States to help women get rid of their possessions, make some cash and give to charity – turning a negative into a positive and so on.  It’s sort of the theme that runs through a movie I watched over the weekend, First Wives Club.

This movie is on constant repeat on Sky and Freeview but it’s such a gem of a movie I love it every time (such as last Sunday).  It’s a hilarious movie starring Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler

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July 20, 2011

Hairy Berries

The Guardian has been urging us to eat raspberries now that they are in season and are local (especially Scottish) produce.  They grow wild in my back garden at home together with blackberries and I completely ignore them.

I know my sister and most of you will disagree with me

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July 8, 2011

Plane Awful

An article in the Guardian earlier this week discussed how BA and other airlines have called in celebrity chefs to improve club class fine dining.  Of course no special treatment for those of us who temporarily at least have to fly economy.  So we have been asked to treat the awful food served to us during flights as a part of the travelling experience as it is the only place you will ever agree to eat such pig slop.

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June 21, 2011

Dorian Gray 2.0

Several newspapers are running a story today about a dating website dedicated to self-defined beautiful people accidentally allowed 30,000 ugly people to become members. How accidentally?

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May 13, 2011

Finding Madeleine

Kate McCann launched a book today to help raise funds for their continuous search for Madeleine. This story still makes me very sad, my little niece was 2 when Madeleine disappeared and I remember not wanting to let her out of my sight even in the garden.

Also today, the McCanns published an open letter in a newspaper addressed to David Cameron pleading for his intervention in Madeleine’s case (he has). The Portuguese authorities closed the case after 14 months

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April 28, 2011

Talk To My Face

A Telegraph journalist drew attention to a Labour MP’s cleavage yesterday by putting it in her post and asking who the MP was.

No longer in the Lost & Found box,

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April 27, 2011

The Bold and The Beautiful

Road tolls in Greece are bearing the brunt of Greek anger towards their country having to restructure their national debt.  As the reality of the cuts begin to sink in,  many Greeks have refused to pay the country’s road tolls

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April 5, 2011

Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough

Bad news for MJ fans, the don of all things tacky and gaudy, one Mr Mohd Al Fayed has put a statue of Michael Jackson up on the grounds of Fulham FC.

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March 18, 2011

Slaves in 2011?

A rather chilling news item in The Guardian yesterday about a woman of South Asian origin and former hospital director who has been charged for keeping a home-help as a slave! What’s going on?

Fed two slices of bread a day and made to sleep on the floor

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