I’ve written before about my unlikely fascination with the “What are you wearing?” feature in the Sunday Times Style magazine. (Unlikely given my fashion sense, or lack of it.)
I can’t make my mind up whether these are real people talking about how they dress in real life, or whether it’s someone having a laugh, but I’m pretty certain that this week’s contributor falls in the latter category. Read more ›››
I know I have a very jaundiced view of the media, but that has never stopped me buying newspapers. Not that I consider myself a serious media commentator even if I do like poking fun at the more obvious hack banalities, usually to be found in the Daily Mail.
But I made a stand today. Read more ›››
With all the hoo-ha about the Daily Telegraph reporters pretending to be constituents and taping the indiscretions of LibDem MPs, what galls me is the hypocrisy of the media.
By coincidence, I have been trying to contact the editor of the Spectrum section of the Sunday Times magazine and emailed News International to see if they could help. The reply stated that: “we are not permitted, due to data protection, to pass on individual email addresses.” Read more ›››
I know it’s hard to tell from my ramblings here, but I’m very fond of language, by which I mean the English language of course. I studied Latin in my first years at school, but haven’t managed to retain much beyond hic est puer and haec est puella. I fared a little better at French, although I was never what you might call fluent.
Later I opted for German and found it not unlike Latin, ie impenetrable. In the words of Jerome K Jerome, “I learned it at school, but forgot every word of it two years after I had left, and have felt much better ever since.” Read more ›››
Being a fan of the Where Was I? column in the Sunday Times Travel section every week, I was pleased when they published a ‘play it for real’ version where you have to get out and about to solve the clues, rather than just relying on my Googling skills.
So it was that me and Master P took ourselves off to the Peak District on 5 September and here is our day. Words in italics are mine, normal type are the clues we were given. The camera icon links to other photos that there wasn’t room for here. Read more ›››
As mentioned yesterday, me and Master P took ourselves off to try out our sleuthing skills in the Sunday Times Treasure Hunt, or at least one of them, the one in the Peak District, and we reckon that underhandedness was afoot. The sort that Dick Dastardly would have been proud of.
We arrived at our first destination about lunchtime after a headlit drive through the misty Derbyshire hills. Ashbourne was below the clouds, so we wandered about in the drizzle instead. Read more ›››
Why do they always say that? The police I mean. Report on Five Live: “A man has been found dead in the grounds of Rochdale Infirmary. He had been shot in the head. Police say they are treating the death as suspicious.” No sh*t Sherlock.
But speaking of sleuthing, the obvious thing I missed off my list of things to do while I’m off work was the Sunday Times Treasure Hunt published three weeks ago. I’ve always enjoyed doing the Where Was I? bit every Sunday so playing detective for real sounds like a good day out. Read more ›››
One of the joys of my weekend is the Sunday Times. The first I do in the morning is to take a cup of tea into the office and go online to enter the ‘Where Was I’ competition in the travel section. Not that I ever expect to win the holiday prize, it’s more the challenge of solving the puzzle and sharpening up my web searching skills. The answers this week are Lullingstone and Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill. Read more ›››