February 2008

Joking Apart II: The king of techno-farce returns

James CombesWhat would you do if you were trapped under a bed whilst your ex-partner made love to their new partner on top? How would you explain being trapped naked in the flat of your new next-door neighbour? And, of course, what is the correct social et ...

Castro brothers say 'Viva la revolucion'

Rory PorterCancel that Buena Vista Social Club gig in New York and put the McDonald's back in their containers on the Florida keys because the hated revolution - on an island less than a hundred miles away - is still alive and kicking. Fidel may have s ...

Feminine invitation to get hitched

Sarah Dean Once in every four years is it deemed  'acceptable' for a woman to ask a man to marry her. February 29th apparently allows women to be freed from the usual marriage conventions. In this day and age when tradition in marriage often t ...

Farewell my dear friend

Marc WadsworthI knew the late journalist Sarah Olowe for 20 years. She died in London, after a sudden illness, on December 22, aged 45. Sarah was not only a trade union colleague in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) but a friend. When I first met her ...

Journalese is gobbledegook

Graeme WhitfieldMy suggestion for a dictionary that can provide a translation to those words you only ever see in newspapers has proved highly popular as you will read later in the responses to this piece. It's clear that many journalists (and I've ...

Doctor reveals billions are being spent on IT not patients

Dr John MackayBritish government plans for a multi-billion pounds national health service computer system is being hotly debated again, I see. A committee of British members of parliament has serious concerns about the delays in implementation of new IT s ...

Phone me, babes

Fur fabulous fur

Winifred Adeyemi It's cold outside. The wind howls like a predatory wolf. The sky is grey. The mood is bleak. It is the perfect time of year to treat yourself to the ultimate luxury and winter bonus: a fabulous fur coat. Times have changed and th ...

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British Soldiers Killed Iraqi Prisoners 'in cold blood'

Lawyers have accused British soldiers of torturing and then executing up to 20 Iraqi prisoners. The damaging allegations feature in a BBC Panorama documentary on Monday.Army chiefs have fiercely denied the claims by solicitors acting for five Iraqi men who ...

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