Monthly Archives: December 2016

Hogmanay

I have only ever been out on Hogmanay twice. Once, I stayed at a friend’s house in my hometown. She had invited friends from her University to visit, a collection of English literature students. I was a rural curiosity. The … Continue reading

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Love and luck

I’m not the easiest person to be around. I know that. I wish I was easier, and I try to improve (with varying degrees of success), but I am anti-social, awkward, too often trapped in the slough of despond. But … Continue reading

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Lifestyle columns in the Guardian destroy people’s faith in humanity . I’m rejecting it

From Wednesday, I’m going to live without reading lifestyle columns in The Guardian. I want my life back. I want my soul back. I’ll never know how many people link to this blogpost below the line in comments on an … Continue reading

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Katie Hopkins: an apology

The following text has been prepared for immediate release.     19 December 2016 Katie Hopkins: An apology We are sorry for Katie Hopkins.

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A detailed and considered analytical review of the TV show Question Time

It’s rubbish. It’s been rubbish for years. That’s why most rational people stopped watching. They invite awful people on because they are trying to annoy you. So: Don’t watch. As an alternative consider one of the following courses of action: … Continue reading

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Silence

You never feel worse than when someone leans across and touches your arm, inclined head, and with lowered voice, asks, Are you okay? You want the hand off your arm, but that won’t happen until you answer, might not happen … Continue reading

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Afterwards

You’d walked home that night: rewinding, replaying, rescripting. You’d messed it up, telling her. Messed it up. After the plates were cleared, as you’d talked about life and books and stuff there were no openings. Never an opening. Willing, your … Continue reading

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Train trip

The train is full, people standing in the aisles, standing in what the guard insists in his increasingly tetchy announcements is a vestibule. I’d been early, sat at a table, taken out a book, started to read. I leaned against … Continue reading

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A Good Read

I often go to bed with the cheery voice of Harriet Gilbert by the bedside. “Thanks for downloading A Good Read.” I’ve been listening to A Good Read for over twenty five years.  At the time I started listening it … Continue reading

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