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Remembering 2017

As we near the end of 2017, you have to admit that it’s been an interesting year. Anyway, here are some of my memories of 2017… Best Campaign of the Year – The #MeToo campaign came to prominence following the various sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Many brave women, and men, came forward to […]

Private Eye

Last Friday evening I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the National Theatre for An Evening with Private Eye, the satirical magazine’s traditional review of the year. Ian Hislop was joined on stage by other familiar faces (Harry Enfield, John Sessions, Lewis McLeod, Jan Ravens and Craig Brown) as they recalled the […]

Happy Birthday to Me!

I’ll be celebrating my birthday early next month. I keep being reminded of this because for the last few days my inbox has been receiving various offers from businesses keen to help me celebrate. These “gifts” vary from a free pint of IPA (they know me too well!) to buy one get one free offers […]

On Your Bike!

Last Wednesday evening I was walking along a narrow stretch of pavement in the centre of Liverpool when a Deliveroo cyclist came speeding up behind me and missed crashing into me by inches. When I shouted after him that he shouldn’t be cycling on the pavement, he replied with a torrent of four letter words. […]

Christmas Crackers

The beginning of November means one sure thing – the retail giants blitz our TV screens with their adverts that are designed to get us to spend, spend, spend! This year Tesco have found themselves at the centre of a twitter storm over their ad which features an obviously Muslim family celebrating Christmas. Many social […]

Print makes a comeback

There is some evidence that 2017 may be the year in which print makes a comeback. For example, I was interested to read a report by the media group Bauer which found that an astonishing 84 per cent of people in the USA say that they feel more engaged when reading a print publication than […]

Foreign News

A few days ago, for reasons that I won’t bore you with, I was reading a financial magazine and came across an article about the use of technology in healthcare. It mentioned that a leading decorating company has produced a paint which is odourless and contains an insecticide that kills mosquitoes. The Japan based company […]