Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Jane Kelly

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.

Running a store would be OK if it weren’t for those pesky shoppers

WHAT does the “plus” mean?’ I asked the young assistant as I looked at a DAB + radio in the John Lewis post-Christmas sale. ‘I’ve...

Is having stupid beliefs really worse than killing someone?

THREE young people from differing backgrounds have this week received lengthy prison sentences – perhaps I should say four, as one small baby was...

The cats that get the non-dairy cream

NOT that long ago, cats got scraps. Lucky ones might feast on Spratt’s Patent Cat Food which provided puss with boiled horseflesh, sold from...

Bleak but inspirational – art after the Great War

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One, Tate Britain, London (now closed) Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33, Tate Modern, London, until...

Do you speak modern British?

This article is published by kind permission of The Salisbury Review. ‘There’s so much joy in being poly’ announced a recent Guardian article. Not a...

Oh for a time machine, so Wells could write about Brexit

Mr Britling Sees It Through by H G Wells: Casemate UK, £9.99 It’s unlikely that many of today’s authors are sitting down to write a...

White, educated, middle-class, unemployable

Went to get my flu jab after being told I could visit the ‘walk-in clinic’ between 8.45am and noon. I was there bright and...

Career-threatening consequences of a fumble at fourteen

As Christine Blasey Ford presented her whining, yowling, uncorroborated account of Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sex attack on her, I watched with puzzlement. Dr Ford, a...

Sticks and stones? It’s speaking freely that will hurt you the most

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’ – this saying was given to us for protection when we...

Beware the Russian trolls’ invasion by social media

Take novichok bitch, monkey brain, die! It all began with a Twitter discussion about the British bombing of Dresden. I said it was a good...

Transgender Green

It’s not often I read something truly sickening; but the Sunday Times this weekend had an astonishing and repulsive report by Andrew Gilligan. A...

TCW Encore: Professor Peterson and a rare outbreak of common sense at the Oxford Union

There is no getting away from the Peterson phenomenon. Over and above Brexit and the BBC, of the topics and people most likely to...

On Burka Street

Whatever his motives, Boris Johnson’s remarks about Islamic dress have drawn attention to an area of extreme tension: the Muslim practice of sexual apartheid....

Sylvia Plath – the feminist legend, not the reality

Sylvia Plath: Life Inside the Bell Jar, BBC Two Sylvia's mother, Aurelia Plath, once said that her daughter's problem was that she had no balance,...

My theatrical clash with the copyright commissars

A couple of weeks ago BBC Radio 4’s Front Row featured a complaint from art historian Bendor Grosvenor, grandson of the 5th Baron Ebury,...

The play’s the thing, innit?

Last week I watched Romeo and Juliet streamed live from the RSC in Stratford to a cinema near me. There were three of us...

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