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Issue # 157

Stanley Blenkinsop, 1931-2010 Below, Gordon Amory mourns the loss of a close colleague and a cherished friend for more than half a century. Revel Barker celebrates Stan the ‘perversely puritan’ gambling man, the military historian, English gentleman, inveterate letter-writer and self-styled cantankerous old bastard. Tony Brooks remembers his boss on The World’s Greatest Newspaper, and […]

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Issue # 156

This Week ‘Lovely stuff today’… ‘Just what Ranters is all about!’… ‘Tip-top edition this week’… ‘These contributions took me back decades’… ‘Great pieces’… We don’t normally get much feedback at Ranter House so it’s a pleasant change to receive messages like that about the website last week – even if only to prove that the […]

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Issue # 155

This Week We passed our third anniversary as a website this week – a massive thank-you to all our loyal contributors – and celebrate the birthday with a string of stories about Harry Procter, one of the truly great reporters of distant memory. Almost needless to say, there’s a book out, although that won’t bother […]

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Issue # 154

    Vintage Bentley By Harry Nuttall David Baird’s amusing recollection of Bill Anderson getting a second bite at the wonderfully staged tale of trench vets sinking their pints in a hole in the road, reminded me of a pal of mine who got a dozen consecutive stories out of a pile of old clothes […]

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Issue # 154

Through a glass, deeply By Cathy Couzens Who else remembers the handsome Sun reporter who moved house but forgot to tell his brain? He caught the train home as usual (we always wondered how that was accomplished) then got a cab to drop him off at the house. As usual, so as not to wake […]

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Issue # 154

All our yesterdays By Gordon Amory I didn’t know it then but I was socially advantaged to have worked for the Shields Evening News which must have been one of the smallest daily newspapers around at that time – and it had served the local community for a hundred years then. I know because I […]

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Issue # 154

This Week Justin Stares’ excellent debut novel (in fact it’s a lightly novelised biography), launched here on July 25, was being offered on the Internet this week at the somewhat astonishing price of £443.99. But you can buy it for a saving of £434 by clicking here or going to the Book Depository (free postage, […]

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Issue # 153

  World Cup or World War?   By Vincent Mulchrone IF THE GERMANS beat us at our national game today, we can always console ourselves with the fact that we have twice beaten them at theirs. And how’s that for narrow, nationalistic hedging from one who has never in his life paid as much as […]

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Issue # 153

This Week Did anybody – I mean anybody apart from former Mail man Paul Bannister who now lives in Oregon – remember that last Sunday was a memorial day for the sainted Vincent Mulchrone and celebrate the fact? If you were a soccer fan, there was little else to celebrate at the weekend. The occasion, […]

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Issue # 153

  The Dunleavy scoops By Philip Harrison I was working in Hong Kong on the South China Morning Post when Steve Dunleavy arrived in 1959. He was seeking new pastures after having worked on and been fired from three of the four Sydney dailies. Not, I hasten to add, for any perceived shortcomings in his […]