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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, Humour, Good Biographies and Autobiographies, WWII tales of derring do, especially with relation to Colditz and Stalag Luft III, Airdrieonians FC.
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Title: The Churchill Girls Author: Rachel Trethewey Pages: 320 including index Publisher: The History Press Price: £20 ISBN: 978-0-7509-9324-1 To be perfectly honest, I never even knew until relatively recently that Winston Churchill, arguably the greatest leader that the UK... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Hats off to Wilfried Zaha for refusing to participate in the ludicrous virtue-signalling 'taking a knee' before a sports event: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/football/56389709 Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Read the BBC report on the women's demonstration yesterday evening, and ask yourself if, should this be a wholly accurate version of events, the police action is remotely appropriate and proportionate: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56389824 In order to prevent a risk of spreading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Cressida Dick MUST resign. I am no fan of public demonstrations, and am usually agnostic about aggressive containment thereof. But even I thought that the London police might show SOME sensitivity in policing the demonstration by, mostly, it seems, women,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Would someone please explain to me why Bradley Walsh is everywhere on telly? From sub-standard game shows to sub-standard travel shows to sub-standard Doctor Who. Now, I learn, he is to be Pop Larkin in what I fully expect to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Just when I thought I had seen every variety of snake-oil imaginable, along comes another. I had never heard of non-fungible token technology until this week and have just looked it up, discovering that it is in effect cryptocurrency without... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
After 15 years as the national coach of the German national soccer team, Joachim Löw will leave his post after the postponed 2020 Euro Championships take place. https://www.faz.net/aktuell/sport/fussball-em/joachim-loew-tritt-nach-der-fussball-em-als-bundestrainer-zurueck-17235022.html Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: Cowries to Crypto The History of Money, Currency and Wealth Author: Jame Di Biasio Illustrator: Harry Harrison Publisher: OANDA ISBN: 978-1-7342286-0-1 I can safely say that this is the most attractive book about the history of money that I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Watched The Dig last night. What a waste of time. There was a vaguely interesting plot that might have made a 60-minute film but they dragged it out and parachuted in a triangular relationship sub-plot that was meaningless, but some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Short memo to the producers of Countdown. What you insist on calling a conundrum is NOT a conundrum, it is an anagram... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
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Title: The Moth and The Mountain Author: Ed Caesar Pp: 259, including epilogue, acknowledgments, notes and image credits Publisher: Viking (an imprint of Penguin Books) Price: £18.99 ISBN: 978-0-241-26231-3 This book is about flying and mountaineering. I have no interest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-captaintom/uks-record-breaking-fundraiser-captain-tom-moore-dies-aged-100-idUSKBN2A216E RIP, Captain, Sir Tom. RIP. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-captaintom/uks-record-breaking-fundraiser-captain-tom-moore-dies-aged-100-idUSKBN2A216E RIP, Captain, Sir Tom. RIP. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Almost since the start of the Covid-19 hysteria, we have been told that vaccine is THE ANSWER. But I have been reading articles this weekend that suggest that even if 80% to 85% of people are vaccinated, we must still... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
If Boris Johnson, the current prime minister of the UK and Northern Ireland, thinks that a visit to Scotland by him will calm down tension being created by the Edinburgh parish council (copyright former prime minister Blair), then he clearly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
State Street Global Markets has today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index (ICI) for January 2021. The Global Investor Confidence Index decreased to 100.7, down 3.8 points from December’s revised reading of 104.5. The fall in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I just saw this headline in The Times this morning: Green energy sources now create more electricity than fossil fuels Might that explain why we had two micro power cuts yesterday? Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
What is bitcoin? I often ask myself that question. I am not an economist, but I have spent my entire adult life in and around the international financial industry and I will unhesitatingly label bitcoin and other so-called cryptocurrencies a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Watching Scotland's 'first minister' Nicola Sturgeon on the news yesterday evening, one thought sprang immediately to mind: does she not look exhausted? Absolutely exhausted? Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
For the record, I am following coronavirus restrictions to the letter, not least because going out for any reason at all has become a very unpleasant experience. But I continue to question the underlying assumptions behind the restrictions, which to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
And am I really the only person who finds it odd that scientists who are telling us we must not leave our homes, or everyone will die, have in fact left their homes in order to appear at a press... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
I noticed that Boris Johnson's ludicrous attempt to hype up Covid-19 panic levels even further contained at least four conditional words: may (which really should have been 'might' or 'could'), some and appear. Call me a pedant, but those do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
Welcome to the 21st century, where people in Britain are being fined for organising a funeral. Pelion upon Ossa springs to mind... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-55772495 Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
It was 28 years ago today... Apologies in advance for those of you have heard the core elements of this story already, possibly more than once, but it is 28 years ago today to the very day that I left... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog
A BBC employee or sub-contractor interviewing another BBC employee or sub-contractor, as we see and hear time after time after time on BBC 'news' programmes is not journalism. It is lazy, lazy and lazy again. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Brian Bollen's Blog