November 2014 (5)
Nov 24 2014 2:21PM
The number one news formula: sport and more sport
So there I was, driving along, listening to the radio, when the news comes on. Wow. What’s this! The top news is ... it’s unbelievable. Forget Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria. Never mind Theresa May talking about immigration or tackling ter...
Nov 17 2014 11:47AM
Pussy Riot selfies v. koala-cuddling photo-ops
Coverage of the G20 summit in Brisbane at the weekend centred on the “frosty” reception given to the Russian president Vladimir Putin by other leaders because of Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine . Never mind the Australian summe...
Nov 16 2014 8:00AM
Spain's long road to peace… via Argentina
A winding and deserted road through the rocky, pine-covered foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama to the north-west of Madrid eventually leads to arguably the most controversial monument in Spain: Valle de los Caídos, or Valley of the...
Nov 12 2014 11:27AM
Journalists: "No longer on the frontline, we are the frontline"
I was chatting with my friend at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House when both of our phones suddenly beeped with Twitter alerts. She checked her phone, looked up and said, “I can’t believe they’ve killed Steven Sotloff . They’ve beheaded...
Nov 4 2014 1:45PM
Fireworks: spare me the torture of these horrible things
On 5 November 1660, Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary that “This 5th November is observed exceeding well in the City; and at night great bonfires and fireworks.” Already a five decades-old tradition by then, the annual celebration of...