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India’s ale pales by comparison

 During the long hot months of India's summer, respite is often found at the end of the day in a nice cold bottle of the local brew, the condensation wiped with eager anticipation from the bottle as you grab for a glass as the sun goes down.  Quite a lot of the Indian beer these [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 7:39 am

Jonathan Ross and the BBC – how it went sour

So the BBC is to be free of Jonathan Ross. The corporation's best-paid presenter, on a salary package of £18m over three years, announced this morning that he would be quitting the organisation after 13 years service.
In a statement, he said: "Although I have had a wonderful time working for the BBC, and am very [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 7 January 2010 at 11:05 am

It’s Mendes, Sam Mendes. Or is it?

So what’s really going on between Sam Mendes and the producers of the new James Bond film?
The superstar director (above) is widely reported to be “in talks” to take the helm of the so-called “Bond 23” project, which will star his old mate Daniel Craig, is being co-written by Peter Morgan, and is due to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 7:14 pm

India – a right pain in the butt. Yes, but…..

 There's a strangely fascinating article in the current edition of Foreign Policy magazine that claims  that India is currently one of the biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to international diplomacy. From arms control to trade agreements and deals on global warming, the article claims that while it is Iran, Pakistan and North Korea (and lately [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 10:18 am

The Sun and Anjem Choudary

"Lock him up" shouts a headline on the front page of today's Sun, a story backed up by a leader that claims "Muslim rabble-rouser Anjem Choudary MUST be stopped."
So why then is the paper's page seven coverage of the "Hate Preacher" based around an interview that Choudary conducted with the paper's online radio station SunTalk. The Sun [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 5 January 2010 at 12:46 pm

Cameron as Gorbachev?

When I wrote in the paper this morning about reaction to the new Conservative poster campaign and its use of a giant picture of David Cameron as the central message, I referred to a comment made by the Channel 4 News political editor Gary Gibbon, who said such a personality-led approach reminded him of the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 5 January 2010 at 10:39 am

Career Women Make Bad Mothers

That caught your attention. Which is exactly the thinking of the Outdoor Advertising Association, which is using the 'Career Women Make Bad Mothers' slogan to convince the public of the power of poster ads.
So the controversial – some might say downright offensive – statement will be glued to the side of double-decker buses and across [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 4 January 2010 at 2:48 pm

Big Macs on Coronation Street?

Hide behind the sofa now. Doctors are voicing their concern that Government plans to allow broadcasters to use product placement will put us at risk of being exposed to marketing for unhealthy foods and alcohol.
It seems the British Medical Association, which has written a letter of complaint to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 4 January 2010 at 2:23 pm

Screw terrorists: US security forces go after the journalists who upset them

When it comes to stopping Islamic extremists trying to blow up their underpants, America’s security agencies demonstrated this week that their fat-necked employees are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
When it comes to persecuting journalists who manage to embarrass them, these gun-toting buffoons are, however, a ruthless force to be reckoned with. [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 31 December 2009 at 6:17 pm

Irish peace forum to investigate the conduct of Sri Lanka’s war

I was in Sri Lanka last week working on a couple of stories and was amazed how both the mood and the landscape had changed. Since I was last there in May in the immediate aftermath of the war, the number of road-blocks and check-points has dramatically reduced and there's a brighter mood about many [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 17 December 2009 at 5:09 am

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