At the weekend Eileen and I went to Stirling for the crime writing festival Bloody Scotland. The festival, which has been running for six years now, looks at all aspects of crime fiction but has a strong emphasis on “Tartan Noir”. My own personal interest in crime fiction began in the late 1970’s when I […]

A couple of news stories earlier this week caught my attention. Firstly there was a report from the British Social Attitudes Survey which said that atheists now outnumber believers in the UK. According to the survey, just 47 per cent of people claim to have a faith. Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s press secretary, famously said […]

Happy Birthday to Classic FM which this week is celebrating 25 years on air. The station is owned by the Global media group which runs most of the national commercial radio stations in the UK, including Smooth, Capital, LBC and Heart. As part of the birthday celebrations, Classic FM has produced a survey of the […]

If, like me, you’re a news junkie, then you must be feeling pretty depressed at the moment. The headlines seem to be full of doom and gloom with endless stories of murder and mayhem. However, one story this week did bring a smile to my face. A cruise line hired Bonnie Tyler to belt out […]

We keep being told that the printed word is dying with fewer people buying newspapers, magazine and books. The future for communication is electronic rather than printed, so we are told. But is that necessarily the case? I was interested to read this week about the Future Library project in Norway. Organised by Oslo city […]

Hardly a week goes by without more gloomy news about local newspaper closures. The latest example came just last week with the news of the closure of three local weeklies in London.  Interestingly, the trade magazine Press Gazette says that London now has fewer newspapers per resident than any other part of the UK. However, […]

The UK media found itself in the slightly awkward position last week of reporting on itself. First up was the announcement by the BBC of the first female Doctor Who. There are many people, myself included I must confess, who might question why the casting of a low budget sci-fi TV series is front page […]