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Unexpected taste of wartime

Unexpected taste of wartime

I don’t know how you’re getting on with the BBC’s new Sunday-Night drama: SS-GB. Len Deighton’s tale of what Britain would have suffered if the Nazis had won the last war is undoubtedly chilling. It brought to mind a wee frisson of my own from more than 30 years ago. I was a recently qualified […]

Frank's theory returns to haunt us

Frank’s theory returns to haunt us

I had a sub-editor colleague at The Press and Journal in the late 1970s who was so famously cantankerous that people used to provoke him deliberately for entertainment on a slow evening. Let’s call him Frank. Most of it was low-grade grumbling about the state of the world, the inanity of celebrity and so forth. Truly spectacular […]

Dig beneath a celeb's public image

Dig beneath a celeb’s public image

Fashion model Kate Moss has landed in hot water once again, this time escorted off a plane for drunken and abusive behaviour towards cabin crew. It astonishes me that people in the public eye should make such high-profile backsides of themselves when otherwise they have spent so much time and money creating a polished public […]

Farewell to another old pal

Farewell to another old pal

Ask any of the three surviving Features Editors of The Press and Journal to name the most important person in the department during our respective tenures and all of us would say: “Rena.” You can imagine, then, that I was desperately upset when I heard last month that my old pal and colleague Rena Gaiter had died at the […]

Newspapers still in decline

Newspapers still in decline

I was speaking to a newspaper-delivery boy the other day. He had been getting up at 0600 for the last nine months, he said, and it had been a struggle some mornings. “Never mind,” I said. “It will look good on the CV if a prospective employer can see that you are reliable and flexible. […]

Time to part company with BT

Time to part company with BT

One of the Sunday supplements had a piece in its financial-advice section this week mentioning that too many Britons are slow to swap utility providers and that most of us are paying over the odds for power, telecoms and other services because we can’t be bothered to switch. I am one of them. However, I have […]

Troubled times for Tesco

Troubled times for Tesco

These are troubled times for Tesco. Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, it seems, can hardly get through a week without some fresh hell befalling it. Tumbling sales, hotter competition, an accounts debacle, failed foreign ventures, a board that looks as if it is not on top of the job because so few of them have retail experience […]

Why did Scotland vote No?

Why did Scotland vote No?

  The separation soufflé has collapsed, but why did Scotland reject the Yes campaign so decisively? Here are the Top 18 reasons as I see them. The Yes campaign didn’t do the work. Spinning emotions and weaving dreams might have suited dedicated nationalists and wooed more-impressionable waverers, but the lack of hard financial fact was […]

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