Cocking a Snook at the Law

The alleged rape of a 17 year old by eight Premiership footballers has had massive media coverage this week. Now the law says that journalists should not do anything that might prejudice future court proceedings, ie no naming and shaming. Read more ›››

The Saint of Longsight

I’m full of admiration for the people who do jobs I know I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do myself. People like Gerry O’Shea whose inner-city GP practice caters for the most chaotic of people – drug users, the homeless and the dysfunctional. Or working in a busy city A&E; where gun crime is rife and likely to arrive at the front desk. Read more ›››

Who’d ‘a thowt it

One of the highlights of my week is watching QI on tv on Thursday. It’s a quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry and the questions are absurdly difficult, but the answers incredibly enlightening in a font of useless knowledge sort of way.

For example, last night I learned that Charles Dickens invented the word boredom in his novel, Bleak House. Read more ›››

Thick as Thieves

I had to smile at a story in tonight’s Manchester Evening News about an armed robber who stole £3,000 from Ladbrokes bookies in Sale. As he was making his escape, he took his mask off in front of the CCTV camera. Not the brightest bauble in the swagbag!

The Phaethon Phenomenon

Tony Blair’s success in winning over the Labour faithful at their party conference in Bournemouth yesterday prompted me to go back to The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman.

It was a Christmas gift from my son last year (okay, so I chose it) and is a good analysis of why someone might want to become a politician. Would you have got up on stage in front of hundreds of people, with millions more watching at home, knowing you could be completely humiliated? Read more ›››

Bad Joke Alert

A woman walked into a bar and ordered a double entendre, so the barman gave her one. I did warn you.

Comedy Subject

The list of the top 20 sitcoms compiled for the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy surprisingly has The Phil Silvers Show at number one. I say surprising not because the show wasn’t funny – it was, very much so – it is more that it’s a show of distant memory for most people. Read more ›››

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