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Can England endure the heat in the West Indies?

Feb
01

They may be 22 ICC Test Ranking points apart, but the rapidly approaching first test after the Pietersen-Moores debacle will be a little more hotly contested than the stats may suggest. A year and a half ago England smashed the Windies 3-0 in a four test series in England, with Pietersen at his most belligerent of recent form and England were a unit firmly rooted by recent home successes.

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Relaxing music

Feb
01

So, you've just come home from a heavy night stomping around like a Yeti on the dancefloor. You've had one too many Snakebite's and you've found your clothes drenched with someone else's pint of bitter and to top it off you've got a thumping headache which pulsates greater than Stressed Eric's forehead.

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Possessive apostrophes - Is local government dumbing down?

Jan
31

You might not automatically think that a council's decision over road signs could trigger a national debate about literacy and punctuation. But just to show that there are occasions when local government can touch on such important issues, the news this week that Birmingham City Council plans to drop apostrophes from its road signs managed to spark complaints that it was "dumbing down" and contributing in its own singular way to lowering standards.

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Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship: the shortlist

Jan
29

All those who applied for the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship have now been contacted individually, so I can publish details of the shortlist. Congratulations go to (alphabetically) Laura Hartmann, Alan McGuinness, Lucy Ross-Miller, John Saunders and Kelsey Williams. They will undergo a written test and a panel interview tomorrow (and should check their emails for some addditional details).

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NCTJ student representative

Jan
29

This is just a reminder that I need the undergraduates to have collectively selected an NCTJ representative by tomorrow by whatever means necessary. If not, I'll have to lock you all in a room in the morning until white smoke emerges. 

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A musical radio documentary

Jan
28

Apologies for plugging this quite a bit (but it's not easy to find on the audio site), but if you haven't seen it already, here's the musical radio documentary I did for the site. Here is Parts 1, 2 and 3.

[Editor's note: I have unpublished these links due to copyright violations. See comment below]

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Essential films: Philadelphia

Jan
25

PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia remains one of the best films for addressing many hushed issues including HIV/Aids, homosexuality and attitudes towards gay people. In 1993, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington showed how it was done...

CERT: 12

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Demme

STARRING: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas.

RELEASED: 1993

RUNNING TIME: 125 mins

MY RATING: *****

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Ab Fab rumoured to return for US series

Jan
25

BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous is rumoured to be returning for a new series in the US, set in Los Angeles.

According to the BBC News website, the UK sitcom first shown in the 1990s starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will be given a new series if a Fox TV network pilot episode is successful.

Saunders, who alongside Dawn French wrote the series, will reportedly produce content for the US version, whilst pictures will be co-produced by Sony TV and BBC Worldwide.

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The BBC maintaining impartiality

Jan
25

As I’m sure you are all aware, the BBC is facing severe protests outside Broadcasting House amid calls for it to air an appeal to the British public to help those in need in Gaza.

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Essential films: Misery

Jan
25

MISERY

A psychological thriller with a simple but effective plot, James Caan and Kathy Bates went on to turn Stephen King's novel in to a film classic in 1990. And you thought The Shining was scary...

CERT: 18

DIRECTOR: Rob Reiner

STARRING: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth

RELEASED: 1990

RUNNING TIME: 107 mins

MY RATING: *****

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