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Neil Willis
Deputy Production Editor finding somewhere for the words in his head to go
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Everybody's favourite scribe, Jan Moir, has offered up another rallying call to readers of the Daily Mail. Perhaps sick of attracting comment-thread bile, Jan has changed tack and appealed to the public's love of Monty Python by skilfully weaving a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at The Media Blog
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No, your eyes do not deceive you. The Irish Daily Star last week went big on a story that is unlikely to feature as a plot thread in Midsomer Murders anytime soon. It's a story that that leaves us with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at The Media Blog
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While the papal visit dominated much of last week’s news agenda - even the charging of cat-in-a-bin lady was sidelined - another story that could have huge ramifications for the UK’s media slipped under the radar: News Corporation’s planned £8bn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at The Media Blog
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The late August slumber of the annual silly season was broken yesterday by two stories fitting the nation's mood of reduced productivity. One story involved a celebrity baby, one was an animal yarn different from the smallest/biggest/fattest variety that generally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at The Media Blog
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Nicky Campbell, Radio 5 Live's breakfast show host, has a history with fox hunting. Not the kind of history that involves jumping on a horse and chasing an animal for several miles before it expires, more the pronunciation of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at The Media Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
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Photoshop, the jewel in the crown of Adobe's Creative Suite family, has reached its 20th birthday. Happy birthday Photoshop, have a drink on me. On behalf of all of us who've used your magic tools to reduce a chin in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at The Media Blog
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Fox News could never be accused of subtlety. In fact, it wears its right-of-centre heart on its sleeve, across its chest, in a large graphic behind the newscaster and scrolling across the screen. Just in case you miss the point... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2009 at The Media Blog
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Those searching for spiritual enlightenment may soon be able to search the internet for guidance if the Roman Catholic church follows the advice of a French bishop, who urged the Church to: leave its ghetto and recognise the importance and reach of the internet. Despite a claim to be omnipresent, God is as yet relatively underexposed on the web, prompting Monsignor Jean-Michel Di Falco, the Bishop of Gap, France, to add: By not being present on the web, you cut yourself off from a large part of people's lives. Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, lay people - with the internet we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at whatchootalkinbout
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Those searching for spiritual enlightenment may soon be able to search the internet for guidance if the Roman Catholic church follows the advice of a French bishop, who urged the Church to: leave its ghetto and recognise the importance and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at The Media Blog
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Gordon Brown has come out fighting with his response to the news that Britain remains in recession with a podcast on the official site of the Prime Minister's Office, Number10.gov.uk. The news of Britain's continuing economic sickliness is undoubtedly a blow for the PM, especially with a number of other countries pulling out of recession, including European neighbours France and Germany, Brown - the man who preached prudence as Chancellor of the Exchequer - may have lost the economic boost he was hoping for and with it his last chance of being out on his arse in a couple of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2009 at whatchootalkinbout
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone - finally I've got myself together to organise my own blog. After only nine months of displaying a website woefully out of date I've used a free weekend to update my cyber presence. Why has it taken so long? I've got no excuse really. My website, advertising my freelance skills, has needed updating since the turn of the year, when I went back into permanent employment. I've taken sympathy on the poor souls who've been enquiring about my availability and that particular corner... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2009 at whatchootalkinbout
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Never a man who could be accused of shrinking violet tendencies, Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, has devised a new plan to keep himself in the headlines: a good news taskforce to counter the slurs of the foreign media.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at The Media Blog
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Since Google announced at its I/O conference that it intended to launch Google Wave in May 2009, social media aficionados and tech-watchers alike have been grappling with two questions: what is it; how do I get it? In Google's own... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at The Media Blog
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According to popular legend (war films, that kind of thing) the great British public was once proud of its ability keep its head while all around it, chaos reigned. In the face of any kind of emergency you could count... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2009 at The Media Blog