Archive for month: December, 2013

Doing the ironying

31 December, 2013 (13:25) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I really wanted to write you a quirkily funny, fluffy-centred, cuddly little John Lewis blog for New Year, really I did. But. Faster than the arrival of the Easter eggs on the supermarket shelves, New Year’s Eve brings with it that merry herald of a brave new hope for a fresh start, that beacon of […]

Dear Santa,

23 December, 2013 (11:24) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I am afraid I have not been a very good boy this year, but on the other hand, for a variety of reasons – ragged morality, shortage of cash, shortage of time, those funny law-type things – I have been nowhere near as bad as I would like to have been. I am not going […]

A festive wish

16 December, 2013 (18:53) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

We are correct, of course, as a nation, to dismiss with the utmost contempt every utterance offered to us by ‘Sir’ Michael Wilshaw, the leader of the education-wrecking school-closing Gove-grovelling career-ending disgrace to what used to be the national education system that is Ofsted. That contempt stems from the knowledge that ‘Sir’ Michael’s tight-lipped finger-wagging […]

Enough, already

9 December, 2013 (21:14) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I don’t want anybody else to mention Nelson Mandela to me. Specifically, I don’t want any more live ‘news’ reports asking people what they thought of him, nor do I want any more comment from opportunistic cowards like David Cameron, whose only difficult decision about race issues was to decide what cocktail to order a […]

Bizzy, bizzy. Blame the teachers

3 December, 2013 (10:54) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

I’ve been busy, right? I needed a break, OK? So no column last week. I mean, I’ve filed copy every week, often all week every week, for more than 30 years, when ill, when drunk, when in any one of a dozen countries, from hotels, bars, cafes, theatres, studios, army camps, aeroplanes, from encounters with […]