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Brian Bollen
Flexible and prolific writer and editor, highly effective media coach, highly entertaining public speaker and novelist.
Interests: Journalism, Public Speaking, Switzerland, Running, Golf, Airdrieonians FC and Airdrie United.
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What on earth is grand about Grand Designs these days? I have to ask, because last night's episode hit just about every Grand Design cliché you can think of. My wife and I joked about it before we settled down... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at Brian Bollen's Blog
Man City 5-0 Liverpool. In what way has Jurgen Klopp improved Liverpool? Answers on a grain of rice please... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Wow is all I can say. Watched London Has Fallen (after a couple of tech problems) and the first two episodes of Gotham which I have already seen through a different medium but didn't remember much about them. With AmazonPrime... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Title: Till Time's Last Sand Author: David Kynaston Pages: 879 (including notes and index) Publisher: Bloomsbury Price: £35.00/$75.00 ISBN HB: 978-1-4088-6856-0 ISBN TPB: 978-1-4088-6857-7 ISBN ePub: 978-1-4088-6858-4 This is quite simply a perfect addition to the collection of anyone who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
If you haven't already sampled the tv series Lucifer, I can recommend at least trying it. The premise is crazy - the devil is on holiday from Hell, in Los Angeles - but it's great fun. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I cannot believe that José Mourinho (aka Joe Brown), the current manager of Manchester United, is complaining about how other clubs are distorting the transfer market. Which club paid huge fees for, inter alia: Rio Ferdinand, Juan Sebastien Veron, Wayne... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
First they came for the MCC. Then they came for the Honourable Company of Muirfield Golfers. Now they're coming for the TARDIS. Heaven help us...on the positive side, that will free up 45 minutes 12 or 13 times a year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I finally got round to finishing watching Raging Bull last night. What on earth was all the fuss about? It easily ranks as one of the worst films I have ever seen. Unclear narrative. Poor sound. Subtitles that were often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
...for a 'day in the life of' feature. If interested, email me: brianbollen@mac.com. Deadline June 30. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
This afternoon I experienced the worst fish and chips I have ever known, courtesy of the Marlin chippy on Watling Street West in Towcester. The batter was like a brick. And once I had hacked my in I found there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Words fail me in respect of this disaster. For want of a sprinkler system, and thanks to cladding which was known not only to burn but to burn fiercely, heaven knows how many people have died prematurely. Is there ANYONE... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Theresa May and the Conservative & Unionist Party MUST be stopped from clinging to office by dint of striking an alliance with the DUP of Northern Ireland. It is almost impossible for most religiously lukewarm, liberal minded English people to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I watched Panorama on BBC One last night with a growing sense of bewilderment. Given the paean of praise being heaped upon Jeremy Corbyn, the current leader of the Labour Party, by his party, members of the public and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
If I were Nicola Sturgeon I'd be feeling a bit wary today. Now that Wee Eck has lost his Westminster seat, is he more likely to fade out of the picture quietly or start interfering in Edinburgh? I suspect the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Theresa May’s decision to call an early election to capitalise on the Conservative party’s polling lead has backfired. This is a truth that this morning is almost universally acknowledged, although Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was pushing it a bit with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
One thing is certain about the UK general election today. Whatever the result, campaigning for the NEXT general election will begin the instant the polls close tonight. We live in an age of non-stop electioneering in which the governance of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Dear Brian, We are delighted to join forces with Lloyds Bank to introduce free FT.com access to all UK secondary schools and colleges from the start of the new academic term in September. Universities and employers are looking for students... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge I find myself in something of a quandary this soggy morning. Racked with nagging doubt. Why? Nothing to do with Theresa May effectively throwing the UK election, that auto-loans are in serious trouble, or worries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I expect vitriolic abuse for saying this, but by the standard laid down by Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, Britain is no longer a civilised country. I heard Patten speak at an ICMA conference a number of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
If Theresa May as home secretary was responsible for the cutting of 20,000 police jobs, and if there is a proven link between those cuts and the events of the evening of June 3 in London, then Theresa May is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I am currently reading My Life in Football by Trevor Brooking, of West Ham United and England football fame. His writing is nearly as exciting as his punditry and analysis. It's often possible to judge the quality of a football... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I do despair about the BBC, I really do. Listening to Radio Five Live this morning, and its cloyingly titled Marginal Mystery Tour series, I was struck by two things. One, the description of Selsdon as being in Croydon Central.... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Honestly, you couldn't make it up. BBC Radio Five Live did a story this morning about how one of the relatives of a Manchester bomb victim is complaining about being harassed by journalists. The BBC then followed that up by... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Fiona Frick, Chief Executive Officer of Unigestion, the boutique asset manager that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, has been elected to the Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG). Frick is an advocate for responsible investment and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Mint - Blain’s Morning Porridge – May 23rd 2017 Come the three corners of the world in arms, and we shall shock them. Naught shall make us rue, if England to itself do rest but true. I would like to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Brian Bollen's Blog