I don’t watch much popular TV. I’ve never watched more than a few minutes of Bake Off, X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing.  However I do admit to one guilty pleasure, I can’t miss a single episode of The Apprentice. Now in its 13th season, it is car crash TV par excellence. The programme is […]

I’m sure that I’m not the only person who experienced a satisfying bout of schadenfreude when I read about Ryanair’s problems. The low cost airline has always made a virtue of treating customers poorly and not caring about their own lousy reputation. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s attention seeking boss, has always seemed to me to follow […]

Players and administrators in women’s sport regularly complain that they are underfunded when compared to their male counterparts. Their argument is that the poor media coverage of their sport leads to fewer sponsorship and other commercial sources of income being available to them. Recent events at my local rugby club would seem to suggest that […]

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 […]