Saturday, 25 March 2017
Friday, 24 March 2017
There were several acts of genuine heroism in and around Westminster on Wednesday, but, obviously...
In case you only get your news from the BBC, here are the names of the 29 people charged yesterday with historic sex offences in Huddersfield
I missed this story yesterday, what with the blanket coverage of the murderous terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday (or "dangerous and violent incidents" as Jeremy Corbyn prefers to call them). I only became aware of it thanks to a link to a Daily Mail item in a tweet this morning. The story was headlined:
Twenty seven men are charged with dozens of historic sex offences including rape and trafficking against 18 women aged as young as 11 in HuddersfieldThe charges include rape, sexual activity with a child, child neglect and child abduction. I read the names of those charged with a dispiriting sense of déjà vu. Some sixth sense prompted me to check the BBC website to see how they'd covered the story: not a name in sight...
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Farewell, Chuck Berry - the rock 'n' roll giant who never seemed to understand just how great he was
Let's get the non-musical stuff out of the way first. Several commentators have bemoaned the general lack of fuss about Charles Edward Anderson Berry's passing at the age of 90, compared to the oodles of coverage devoted to David Bowie and Lou Reed, etc. Racism has been cited as a possible cause of what they claim was a lack of recognition while he was alive, and the muted reaction to his death. That's silly. First, you'd have to be in your late '50s to have been aware of Chuck Berry in his glory days - roughly, 1955-65. Most working journalists (especially in TV or radio), and most of their audience, simply aren't old enough to have experienced anything but the faint echoes of Berry's immense influence on popular music...