Author Archives: Paul Speller

About Paul Speller

Writer, journalist, husband, dad.

Who am I to judge?

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Earlier this week, I found myself on the panel of judges for the Manx Litfest Short Story Slam. The first thing that struck, when organiser John Quirk asked me to judge – initially for the heats and then for the … Continue reading

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It’s been a while …

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It’s been a while since the last blog. Nearly three years in fact, if you discount the small spot of self-indulgence last year when I had the good fortune to win a contest. Now that both children are in school, … Continue reading

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The story behind the tale: Baby Blue Eyes

Paul’s short story Baby Blue Eyes won first prize in a national competition. You can read the story here. Below, Paul gives some insight into how the story came about – and how he learned of its success on an … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Dr Edgar Mann: a politician from the old school

It was with a genuine feeling of sadness that I learned of the death of Dr Edgar Mann. The former MHK and MLC was from a different era in politics, but he played a major role in Tynwald; in his … Continue reading

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