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Issue # 144

This Week   As we swing into election mode here at Ranters, with our usual deadline-beating panache we launch a new book – From Bevan to Blair, Fifty Years of Reporting From the Political Front Line, by Geoffrey Goodman. When it came to politics or industry, Geoffrey was the experts’ expert, to such an extent […]

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What’s it about? By Revel Barker Fifty years ago Malcolm Barker (no relation) was the best writer on the Yorkshire Evening Post and in the intervening years I haven’t encountered many who were anywhere near as good. When, as a teenager in the reporters’ room in Albion Street in Leeds I was stuck for an […]

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Tomorrow’s fish and chips By Geoffrey Goodman Being a journalist is a kind of alternate for a job in an entire range of semi-skilled, perhaps even unskilled, trades. I am thinking especially of jobs such as the secret intelligence services – incidentally, a much over-rated occupation; a bookmaker (much under-rated), managing a casino, becoming a […]

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Wild about Harry By Mike Gallemore The world of journalism has lost one of its most respected characters and one of its few genuine socialists. Harry Conroy, former FoC of the Daily Record and general secretary of the NUJ, died in hospital in Glasgow last week. He was 67. For years he had been Public […]

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The funny side of The Street By Colin Dunne Of all the responses that Kit Miller could inspire – and among these I include friendship, admiration, and riotous laughter – there was one that was never far away. Alarm. So when Kit said he was interested in renting the basement of my house in Chelsea, […]

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Butter for parsnips By Tom Brown So I am joining the debate on intros. Where to start? At the beginning, of course. As Maria von Trapp sang: ‘A very good place to start …’ At the very beginning of what is laughingly called my career, I was inspired by a film called Come Fill The […]

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Blackshirt lifters By Revel Barker On the run up (or should that be run down?) to the general election, there’s never been any doubt where those two centurions of Fleet Street would position themselves – the immigrant-bashing Daily Mail, rabidly right-wing and pro Tory, and the Daily Mirror (perhaps a little less enthusiastically this time, […]

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Memoirs of a foxhunting man By Alan Whittaker Ron Mount took the call in the News Room around 10.30 on a rainy Saturday night. The caller introduced himself as ‘Foxy’ Fowler the escaped jailbird; the will o’the wisp criminal hunted by every police force in Britain. And he wanted to turn himself in. Mount cupped […]

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    Ordinary blokes By Roy Stockdill Geoffrey Mather’s piece on intros reminded me of a couple of stories from the old News of the World – the broadsheet NoW, that is, with the lovely scroll-type masthead, long before it became a tabloid publicity sheet for bed-hopping actresses and models, druggie pop stars, fornicating footballers […]

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Life on Mars at the typewriter By Matt Huber If you want one take on the recent state of British journalism and to laugh rather than cry, Colin Dunne’s story of his life and times on the road, at lunch and at the typewriter is the book to buy. He mirrors a working way of […]