Anne Robinson, never knowingly under-opinionated, has been telling this week of her “despair” at the young women of today who are too “fragile” to stand up for themselves.
Chris Ogden is senior lecturer and associate professor in Asian security at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
Since the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness has now given way, via the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s first (and last) autumn statement, to a session of giveaways and gloomy forecasting, I have a helpful suggestion to lighten your darkness.
The Courier's head of news Alan Richardson is currently in New York, which is on terror alert after a suspected pipe bomb explosion.
Never having been noted for his devotion to political correctness, it’s interesting to hear University Challenge quiz master and erstwhile political hatchet man Jeremy Paxman reckons the lack of women in the latter stage of his intellectually rigorous show is down to the fact men simply like quizzes more.
"Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in."
Since this will be my last column, I hope I can be excused returning again to my real love: sport, and in particular rugby.
Being from the west coast originally, elements of old-time slang (“ma bit” – my place of residence; “ginger” – any form of soft drink containing manufactured bubbles, see also “Vimto”; “wally close” – a superior tiled entrance to a vertical stack of bijoux apartments or “single ends”) still hang about when I’m speaking to people.
Last week I threw my ancient and increasingly considerable weight behind our beleaguered young people.
I know what it's like to feel there is no way out.