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.
We missed National Cat Day in our house last week (August 8, for those of you who want to get it into next year’s diary) for the same reason that National Gin Day passed me by.
Chris Ogden is senior lecturer and associate professor in Asian security at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
Well, this is the last column before the General Election. Not that a lot of you will be queuing up to turn to me for guidance on the future direction of our nation(s).
"I clean my desk every day. I'm a little bit OCD."
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.
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.
In my hot youth, when I was at school studying history, there used to be a lot of store set on the significance of what were considered the great days of British worldwide supremacy.
Last Monday was World Happiness Day. Sadly, I missed it.
Dr Tim Wilson, is the Director of The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, at the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.