Monthly Archives: October 2009

BBC cutbacks

While Martha Kearney and Sir Michael Lyons of the BBC trust chat about BBC management job cuts, it’s worth pondering the fact that stringers working in Africa for the BBC have, in the last few weeks, discovered to their surprise … Continue reading

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‘I’d noticed them

because they were so pale. It was in the pub. And because you couldn’t help but hear them, so animated and loud – especially him – as if they wanted us to hear them. They were so disenchanted, so disillusioned; … Continue reading

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one man & his power

This explains it all.

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no blacks, thank you very much

No. This isn’t another piece on Dick, sorry Nick Griffin (though I do love the man on Question Time who made that little joke, to the irritation of the unbearable Dimbleby.) This is a post about Kenya, a country in … Continue reading

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Financial Secrecy Index

Corruption. We’re the experts: the British. Not the Nigerians, the Columbians, the Burmese or the Chinese. And it’s great that these guys have started this website here. It’s part of the Tax Justice Network. And while I don’t agree with … Continue reading

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wanna smoke?

Jenny Diski has an amusing piece – for we, les femmes, anyway – in this edition of the London Review of Books. (Thank goodness, no more weird letters on RW Johnson this week.) For many years of my life, really … Continue reading

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7.52am

Red mesh fencing lines the length of the street; cars are banking up at the top, drivers hooting. They can’t all pass each other at the same time. There’s a Water Works van in the way, says a bloke in … Continue reading

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