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September 2008 Edit

  • 24 Saturdays are a time to cook bacon and mushrooms and mull over the pundits’ analysis of the week’s events.
  • 17 When Tony Blair resigned after ten years as prime minister he went back to where he began – his Sedgefield constituency – to say goodbye and reflect on his successes and failures.
  • 10 The political conference season, with its cod-revolutionary policy launches and poorly scripted fightbacks, brings to mind John Cleese’s famous line in the film Clockwise: ‘It’s not the despair… I can take the despair. It’s the hope.’
  • 3 Welcome back. The holidays are over, the kids have got those start-of-term blues and energy bills have shot through the roof (again).

August 2008 Edit

  • 27 In the run-up to any war, there’s usually a rhetorical battle, a froth of words designed to bring the masses to a politically desirable point of inertia.

July 2008 Edit

  • 23 Numerous sayings and quotes about the world of work have been written or spoken by great wits and philosophers over the years. But can you recall many that were overwhelmingly positive?
  • 16 The brief breathing space between football seasons has a few advantages, not least of which is the suspension of hostilities between historic rivals.
  • 9 Twenty-nine years ago, Margaret Thatcher stood on the steps of Downing Street and quoted the words of St Francis of Assisi: ‘Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.’
  • 2 Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, for the show of the century! The Great Illusionist is about to perform! With one wave of a white paper, the perspicacious prestidigitator will scatter the stardust of empowerment among the awed masses…


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