History is more bunk than ever

10th September 2021 8

An eight-part drama about the Nuremberg Trials has started on Radio 4. Rhian Roberts, a BBC Commissioning Editor said it was, ‘Designed to present phenomenal moments of history in a compelling style so we can all continue to understand how our world was shaped by them.’ What we got was inexplicable; no Lord Shawcross, Britain’s lead prosecutor, whose opening speech, … [Read on]

The show is not over until the fat lady stops singing due to diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

31st August 2021 5

My holiday on the south coast was rather dismal, not just for the expensive, poor-quality food and accommodation and the rain, but the sight of morbidly obese young women clad in floral leggings. It was like visiting Willendorf-on-Sea. A backside the size of Sussex is obviously no embarrassment anymore, even something to flaunt, and it seems that we are being … [Read on]

Snowflakes in Summer

6th August 2021 13

The summer of 2021 may be remembered not so much for great sporting events as for top  athletes deciding to proudly run away. ‘Dina Asher-Smith has pulled out of the Olympics altogether, after failing to make the 100 metres final,’ says a voice from the radio. ‘I’m really proud of everything I’ve done to this point,’ she says. In July … [Read on]

Ofsted rears a generation of human hyenas

28th June 2021 10

Getting older, the mores of one’s own country can start to look strange, if not inexplicable. Such was the effect of the case of Mandy Copper, a head teacher, as they are now called, at Wimbish School, Essex. She was attacked eighteen times by one pupil, despite her warnings that the un-identified child’s ‘needs’ were too complex for her small … [Read on]

On your Bike ! The war on the car

4th June 2021 2

For the first time in thirty-three years, I am carless; my small VW is sitting outside but I am reluctant to use it. At first, I didn’t react when the next street was suddenly sealed off at one end assuming it was due to the usual, ‘road works.’ Then the road I use once a week to shop for myself … [Read on]

The Sextiest Days of Your Life.

8th April 2021 8

Aged eleven, we were grouped around our low shiny topped table, learning very little when boy N got the idea of asking my friend X to remove her knickers. He became increasingly intent on this. She was usually an absolute goody, never put her Clark’s sandalled foot wrong, and at first agreed to do it, then became reluctant, then distressed. … [Read on]

Clearing racist beastliness from our art galleries

7th March 2021 13

I felt guilty giving up my £73 a year Art Fund membership, not only does it allow entry to exhibitions at half price, but helps the funding of the arts which are now in trouble. The independent charity raises funds to buy art works for the nation and awards grants to artists. Many small galleries are now threatened with closure, … [Read on]

The BBC sees Britain through a forest of strutting jackboots

28th February 2021 17

In my Midlands comprehensive school in the 1970s, the boys in the 6th form were all planning to be Labour voters like their fathers and grandfathers. I’d joined the Labour Party aged 15 and we regarded the NF as uncouth ‘skin-heads,’ the sort you avoided at all costs. In London Professor Lez Henry had more to fear. ‘Us black yoof, … [Read on]

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