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Drinking Etiquette

Across the globe, one of the best places to mix it up and socialize is the local watering hole. A pub or a bar is a fantastic place to meet new people or liven up your evening. However, there are specific unspoken rules that drinkers must follow if they don’t want to look out of […]

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Ian Skidmore

He did more farewell performances than Sinatra and,like Ken Dodd, refused to get off the stage while people were still laughing. But – and I report this with a heavy heart – reporter, broadcaster and author IanSkidmore has finally left the newsroom. He died peacefully, aged 84, at home on Thursday October 3 with his long-suffering […]

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Bodoni, Friday

Still in holiday mode but, unable to stop, we came across a quote via the editor’s blog of Press Gazette lifted from a story in The Independent, that was an extract of a piece in GQ magazine. On the off-chance that there are readers out there (difficult to believe, I know, but just indulge me) who […]

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HITCH

Brian Hitchen and his wife Nelli were both killedafter being hit by a car while walking along the pavement in Altea, Spain, onDecember 1. Nelli died instantly, Brian the following day. A former DailyMirror reporter, Brian became editor of the Star (1987-94) and of theSunday Express (1994-96).   ByRevel Barker In his twenties Brian Hitchen […]

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HITCH

Brian Hitchen and his wife Nelli were both killedafter being hit by a car while walking along the pavement in Altea, Spain, onDecember 1. Nelli died instantly, Brian the following day. A former DailyMirror reporter, Brian became editor of the Star (1987-94) and of theSunday Express (1994-96).   ByRevel Barker In his twenties Brian Hitchen […]

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Dr Syntax

Hyphens and line breaks Hyphens and compound nouns The Union Jack Mis-use of Ms Creeping Americanisation # Man’s laughter or male diction? Hyphenation of compound nouns and adjectives [see below] was only part of the dashed problem facing subs and proofreaders: the other concern was, and is, the use of a hyphen to split a […]

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A Guide to Tax 2010

Introduction   This tax guide for authors and journalists has been prepared by HW Fisher & Company Ltd, Chartered Accountants. Please note that this information is provided for guidance only and does not purport to give professional advice. Our Authors and Journalists Team, led by Barry Kernon and Andrew Subramaniam, specialises in tax advice for […]

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Links

Internet sites that may be of interest… Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674 to 1834 http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ All our yesterdays: (Annie Robinson, Mirror TV commercial) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdmSgcQp5t4 + Contributors’ websites and blogs: Revel Barker: http://revelbarker.blogspot.com/ Alun John, website: http://alunjohnascot.wordpress.com/ and blog: http://alunjohn.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey Mather, website: http://www.northtrek.co.uk/ Paddy O’Gara: http://elcaminounreal.blogspot.com/ +  Newspapers Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/ The Guardian/Observer: […]

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Books about journalism

·Our own books ·Books in print –novels –non fiction ·Save pounds by buying direct from the publisher Most of these books are available from amazon.co.uk. Click on the book title to go there directly. Our own books The first books in this section represent what is anticipated to be a growing list of titles written, […]

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Cuttings Book

He’s no journalist… he’s a poet Roy Greenslade Media Guardian. April 25: There is a superb reminiscence on the gentlemenranters.com website today by Colin Dunne. His contributions are always a joy to read, but I especially commend Which of you ****ing poets subbed this? It reveals how the acclaimed modernist poet, Basil Bunting, was discovered […]