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“The engine’s vibrating roar throbs back through the fuselage and drums heavily on taut fabric skin. I close the throttle and look out at...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 16 March 2017

The formal title of the second-year course that I present at university, Advanced Journalism, sounds quite serious, but it is basically just a practically...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 2 March 2017

Everyone shares YouTube videos nowadays. And it seems as if these clips are becoming shorter and shorter. People simply don't watch even a three-minute...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 2 February 2017

Let's do a short quiz today. If you love music this will be easy-peasy. Try to link the name of a singer, band or...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 19 January 2017

More than three decades after the film's release, I recently watched Neil Diamond, Sir Laurence Olivier and the beautiful Lucie Arnaz for a second...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 15 December 2016

What defines the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I’m not trying to explain that new 2016 catchphrase “post-truth”. I’m simply...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 1 December 2016

From Margaret Thatcher's "Labour Isn't Working" to Hillary Clinton's "Fighting For Us", the three-word political slogan has a rich history. Clever catchwords can grab...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 17 November 2016

Today is the 322nd day of the year. There are 44 days remaining until the end of 2016. Today's date, 17 November, is slightly...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 22 September 2016

The traditional role of the professional photographer in journalism has all but disappeared. More and more media organisations are getting rid of their photographers....

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 8 September 2016

I fell in love with the Aston Martin DB5 the first time I saw it. I was nine years old and I saved every...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 21 July 2016

The Hollywood musicals have always fascinated me. The Sound of Music is near the top of my list. The same goes for My Fair...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 23 June 2016

Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter in 1789: "Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But it...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 9 June 2016

It is no secret that I love the Beatles. I get starry-eyed when I just think of them. I recently tried to introduce my...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 12 May 2016

Typos! These little monsters constantly lurk somewhere in a dark corner whenever people are busy with the written word. You cannot avoid them. Sometime,...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 28 April 2016

There are endless lists of well-known movie quotes on the Internet. All the usual suspects are there: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 14 April 2016

In the summer of 1948 Albert Camus wrote a letter to his publisher asking if the sales of his novel "La Peste" (The Plague)...

Tales, Truths & Tirades – 10 March 2016

"I've been baking bread," he said while he slowly took another sip from his cup of tea. "And looking after the baby." It is the...