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Poldark, take me away!

Dear PBS,

I can’t stop watching Masterpiece Theatre. From a reimagined Sherlock Holmes to Downton Abbey to the newest Poldark, every Sunday night my life stops for the 1+ hours of programming on my local station. 655 more words

Tiffany Podz

Poem of the Week: The End of the World by Archibald MacLeish

As you know dear reader, I like my politics spiced with poetry or should that be the other way round? No matter; this week’s choice couldn’t fit the bill better. 663 more words


Meeting your heroes

The activity suggested by today’s title is somewhat contraindicated by proverbial wisdom: though I would have thought this would depend on the nature of both your heroes and the proposed encounter. 940 more words

Alistair Cooke

” Liberty is the luxury of self-discipline, that those nations historically who have failed to discipline themselves have had discipline imposed by others.”

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Daily Quote

Has serious journalism lost the plot?

What’s journalism for? It’s a rather pompous question, to which you’ll normally get a rather pompous answer. Lord Reith’s three-word summary of the BBC’s purpose – educate, inform, entertain – is as relevant as ever. 1,602 more words


A gradual approach to improving your golf

“To get an elementary grasp of the game of golf, a human must learn – by endless practice -a continuous and subtle series of highly unnatural movements, involving about sixty-four muscles. 1,122 more words

Ian Hardie

8 of the best podcasts for commuters

There is nothing better than a really absorbing story to make time fly past. I love podcasts because a) they’re free and b) you can listen to them anywhere: on your headphones on the train, walking to work, or via your car radio if you have the technical wizardry. 1,069 more words