Monthly Archives: November 2013

The joy of spanking; the terror of writer’s block

After a long career as a journalist  – more than 3 million published words – I can honestly say I have never suffered from writer’s block. As a daily newspaper reporter you simply cannot afford the luxury  – not with a deadline 30 minutes away and an editor yelling in your ear. Missing a deadline […]

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When tweeting is definitely not cricket

A maharaja in Imperial India was once asked if he enjoyed cricket. I love cricket, he said. But when he was asked if he played cricket, his answer was,  “Of course not. I employ other people to play it for me.” While this story is almost certainly apocryphal, it brought to mind my relationship with […]

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70,000 reasons to be proud of the USA

PALM SPRINGS, Ca – Seventy thousand gays can’t be wrong. Last weekend’s Gay Pride parade here down one of the prettiest streets in America was a joy to behold. Such pride! Such spontaneity! Such a feeling of family, of people who genuinely care about one another. Normally I avoid crowds and public demonstrations. There’s often […]

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