Finishing the story is sometimes the start of a long trek

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There’s nothing worse than a writer who writes about writing, instead of actually just writing. So, apologies for what is about to follow. In my defence, I have just about finished a piece of work that has been on a … Continue reading

What’s the problem with a broad education? (Or why Nicky Morgan is wrong)

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I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences. I wasn’t going to rise to the bait of yet another politician seeming … Continue reading

Could movie be the beginning of the end for Postman Pat?

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It was, perhaps, only a matter of time, but one can’t but help feel a little concern about the impending arrival of Postman Pat: The Movie. For those of us who have only just got our heads around the step … Continue reading

We need sharp focus in Bell’s political picture, not the fuzzy lines of impressionism

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In startling news from Tynwald yesterday, Chief Minister Allan Bell revealed he is considering reform of the structure and systems of the Council of Ministers. As usual, the nitty gritty of this has yet to be spelled out: will it … Continue reading

Put a giant egg timer behind the president’s chair – how to make Tynwald question time fairer

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It may be the summer recess but, fear not, members of Tynwald have plenty of opportunity for some navel gazing. The format of Tynwald question time is in the spotlight. Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan, as chairman … Continue reading

Early morning starts drive desperate dad to poetry (with apologies to Axl Rose)

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It’s finally happened. The early mornings have driven me to poetry. So, it’s time to show some solidarity with all the other parents of babies out there. It’s 5am: A parent’s lament It’s 5am and we’re both awake; You’ve barely … Continue reading

It’s not Holly Willoughby’s dress the BBC should be apologising for….

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So the poor old BBC has donned the sackcloth and ashes once more. This time it is showing contrition over a presenter’s décolletage. Apparently Holly Willoughby has rather too much of one. At least, she did when presenting the final … Continue reading