Archive for month: July, 2014

Fun and games

29 July, 2014 (10:22) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Sitting in the stands at Somerset’s County Ground, watching young batsman Lewis Gregory send England bowler Graham Onions back over his head for a six into the 14th row, watching my boys on their feet cheering, I wondered this: how did sport stop being so simple a joy, and become so unsporting? Don’t get me […]

Dr Fraser will see you now

21 July, 2014 (12:29) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

The National Health Service is a wonderful thing. Without it my poor nine-year-old would be suffering and maimed for life because of his badly broken arm. With it, he has been treated and will recover. You can repeat that central fact again and again: we all know people who would be dead or in pain […]

Revealing a terror of democracy

14 July, 2014 (19:45) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

And thus it came to pass: everything I predicted your helpful right-wing media and establishment would say and do over last Thursday’s strike action was said and done, in almost exactly the words I predicted. Right down to the drooling cretin mother on BBC Spotlight complaining about actually having to look after her wretched spawn […]

Celebration, not condemnation

7 July, 2014 (13:43) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

First and foremost this week, don’t forget to get yourselves to Sterts Theatre ( to see Simon Parker’s new play Third Light, about the only Cornish community to have all its soldiers return home from the First World War. Dance, music and a cast drawn from the local community – it promises much. Now then, […]

Culture cornered

3 July, 2014 (12:46) | All articles | By: Stuart Fraser

Before we do anything else this week, let me just promise that this will be a zone free from ‘do-you-know-what-it-is-yet’ jokes. You’re welcome. This Rolf Harris business is far too complex for obvious gags. With Jimmy Saville, even though we never suspected the full extent of the horror, we all knew there was something a […]