Saturday, March 6, 2021

Jane Kelly

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Jane Kelly was a journalist with the Daily Mail for fifteen years. She now writes for the Spectator and the Salisbury Review.

The BBC’s fascism mania, Part 2

IN MY Midlands comprehensive school in the 1970s, the boys in my sixth form were all planning to be Labour voters like their fathers and...

The history-twisters rant about ‘fascist Britain’ (courtesy of the BBC)

EVER wondered what your dad did in the war? Wrong question; ask rather what he was up to before it started.   Did he sport a...

Prepare to meet thy Zoom

I’VE just been to a funeral in the South of France. Wonderful to see so many of my old friends again – and I...

Multiculturalism’s divisive Covid impact

THE sermon last Sunday at the church I attend concerned the integrated nature of things, all reaching up to that great controlling intelligence which...

New Year book review: When childhood was an adventure

British Summer Time Begins: The School Summer Holidays 1930-1980 by Ysenda Maxtone Graham; Little, Brown  If you were near St Margaret’s School, Bushey, any July in the 1970s,...

Banned from Twitter (again)

A USUAL morning; someone on BBC Woman’s Hour talking about Caribbean cookery but doing it in the new, strange language of woke: ‘Cookery is a vehicle.’...

Otto and Lotte, a Nazi love story

The Ratline by Philippe Sands; Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00 (£14.93 at Amazon)AUSTRIAN art lover Charlotte ‘Lotte’ Wachter was an avid tourist; in 1939, captivated...

The lost art of laughter

I RECENTLY had the luck to see Murder Ahoy! on TCM, which shows classic films on TV, aimed mainly at the over-50s. Made in 1964, it...

Call me a racist, but I say lopping off heads is barbaric

ON October 16 teacher Samuel Paty had his head hacked off by a jihadist in Paris. Paty’s ‘crime’ was to discuss the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad...

Mixed blessings from the Chinese bat munchers

SOME things have improved due to the Chinese habit of eating bats: children now have to sit in rows, spaced out, facing the front....

Take off that pith helmet – unless you’re brown or black!

AFTER ignoring warnings about what I was to see, I found myself enjoying The Singapore Grip, a new Sunday night series on ITV. I hardly ever watch TV...

Down on Virtue Farm with Radio 4 … talking a load of manure

IT used to be soothing to drift into Sunday listening to BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm, hearing advice on stockpersonship and agricultural practice.  Recent issues have...

Don’t get old if you’re childless

MY DAYS have lost structure since the lockdown but I do regularly see my 94-year-old neighbour. She has regular carers coming in but I...

Short story: Afternoon tea with Vera

I SOMETIMES see Vera in the street, a small scurrying person with that slightly distracted look older women sometimes have, as if they might...

I’m living proof – you CAN forget how to ride a bike

‘EVERYONE’S getting on their bikes,’ said a voice from the radio. I walked to my first cycling lesson along the middle of Oxford High...

Colourless comedy

I ENJOY the BBC radio comedy Clare in the Community,* which started in 2004 before BBC comedy was replaced by people calling themselves ‘stand-ups,’ mainly women...

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