Even the Royal Mail can’t afford to send letters now!

Today, as a business customer of the Royal Mail, I received a letter from the company’s sales director Graham Davis. The letter was to give me advance notice that postage prices would be “changing” with effect from 30 March; but the letter did not say what the new prices would be. For that I would have […]

Je ne suis pas Charlie; Je suis Gavin

Like just about everybody, I was shocked last week as news emerged of the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the cold bloodied murder of the magazine’s journalists and cartoonists, visitors the office, police officers and, later, customers of a kosher supermarket. And, while I would have liked the terrorists responsible for the attack […]

Manager of the Season Awards (alternative list)

We’re coming to the tail-end of the English football season and, for many, it’s all over bar the shouting. Promotion and relegation positions are being confirmed; as are play-off positions. So the question turns to who will win Manager of the Season award. Here’s my (slightly tongue-in-cheek) alternate list of who should win Manager of […]

The Chancellor is expected to …

“The Chancellor is expected to…” that’s the headline on BBC Five Live’s breakfast news bulletins today – with similar being used across the BBC network and throughout the media. But what, exactly, is the Chancellor expected to do? Or, more importantly, who is it that expects him to do this? What we do know is […]

Great speeches that were never delivered: Part One – Neville Chamberlain

Great speeches that were never delivered: Part One – Neville Chamberlain 11.15am, 3rd September 1939 “I am speaking to you from the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street. “This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a final Note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o’clock that they were […]

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