When I lived in Hong Kong working as a correspondent I often used to sit in my tiny flat on the 27th floor, with a sliver of a view of the South China Sea, listening to a calm, soothing voice from the BBC World Service in London. I also listened to it in various war zones […]
How do you get your news? If you tell me where you most of your news I’ll make good guess at what age you are. All thanks to a huge survey done by the Reuters Institute. It’s author, Nic Newman came on to The Media Show on BBC Radio 4 to tell me all about […]
A huge thank you to Tony Russell’s Quantum Vintners for their wonderful hospitality on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. They provided us with a fabulous lunch in Car Park 2, where the Whispering Angel Rose and champagne was flowing rather early in the day. It set us all up for an excellent days’ racing.
The impending centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland was the subject of a debate I was part of in at the Dalkey Book Festival this weekend. The Irish state is about to go into an overdrive of commemorative frenzy, whilst in Northern Ireland rival political traditions will be marking both the Rising and […]
For the past two weeks, I’ve been standing in for Matthew Bannister, presenting Last Word on BBC Radio 4. In today’s show, we remembered amongst others Christopher Lee the screen anti-hero who played monsters and villians and personified terror for a generations of movie goers. One of the joys of working on Last Word how […]
Today the news broke that Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s former deputy prime minister has died in an Iraqi prison aged 79, after suffering a heart attack. Tariq Aziz, who was known as the public face of Saddam Hussein’s regime, also served as the country’s foreign minister and was a close advisor to Hussein. Aziz, who has been […]
My sons and I all put on red lipstick today to take a selfie for Septis and shared it using the hashtag #kissgoodbyetoseptis. Actually, they didn’t mind it half as much as I thought they might! It was all part of a drive by the UK Septis Trust to raise awareness about Septis, which kills […]