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A trip down memory lane (with Ray Davies and three GI brides)

Sep 06, 2013

I’ve been living in the past this week. First I interviewed three fascinating women in their 80s who left England just after the war having married American GIs. Some had regrets, others recalled happy…

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Always be nice to ex-colleagues as one day you might be back

Aug 30, 2013

Last year I left a national newspaper with great fanfare. I had a leaving do and a leaving lunch. I gave a speech and received a generous present as well as a mock-up of a front page. I was also banged…

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Feast and famine: a freelancer's tale

Aug 22, 2013

The other day I was enjoying a leisurely lunch with two people who used to be journalist contacts of mine and are now friends. Since leaving our respective workplaces (one took voluntary redundancy,…

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Yes A Levels matter a bit (but not much)

Aug 15, 2013

It’s 23 years (and one day) since I got my A Level results. I was returning from a month’s Inter-railing when they came out. Because my cohort was the first year to do GCSEs, the A Level results two…

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How I write

Aug 08, 2013

I’m working on my second novel which means I’m in front of a computer a lot, messing around on the internet. I spend a lot of time reading how others write. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. My favourite…

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