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Issue # 161A

Gordon Amory died on Tuesday August 21. A constantly cheerful, conciliatory and loyal friend. Not a guy to complain about life or anything really, Revel Barker remembers. Except, one afternoon… ‘You won’t get a chance like that again,’ Gordon’s headmaster told him. And, as Clive Crickmer, chronicling Gordon’s chaotic professional life, says, there is now […]

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Issue # 161

Another death in the Ranters family… Gordon Amory died in hospital at the weekend, following a short illness. Like Stanley Blenkinsop, his old colleague and closest friend for more than half a century, he’d been a founder (pre-launch) supporter and contributor to this website. There are tributes to him – plus the piece he wrote […]

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Issue # 160

This Week So… what’s a journalist? The question was raised Down Under this week, Bruce Elder reports, with a politician purporting to act as one. What it’s not, as Richard Burton explains, is somebody who just understands IT (or what we once, in our excitement, called New Technology). Somebody who’d know (but who might be […]

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Issue # 159

This Week Two former Fleet Street editors, generations apart and even more distant in terms of manner and style, have written about a book we published last month. Roy Greenslade – obviously – was writing for his Media Guardian column. But Hannen Swaffer…? Swaffer was a devout spiritualist who claimed to be still in touch […]

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Issue # 158

This Week Following our fascination with the history of The Street (last week) we have two pieces from the archives. Coincidentally, they’re both from the News of the World (and, you might think, about time, too). Former librarian David Webb delved into the old files on a quiet night and uncovered a murder story from […]

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Issue # 158

  This Week Following our fascination with the history of The Street (last week) we have two pieces from the archives. Coincidentally, they’re both from the News of the World (and, you might think, about time, too). Former librarian David Webb delved into the old files on a quiet night and uncovered a murder story […]