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BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN It’s Christmastime And Geldof’s here to rant and rave At Christmastime He tells us all how we should behave And from their world of plenty They invade our privacy The celebrity bandwagon’s here again   Let’s say a prayer Prayer that it’s the last one Last Christmastime That they come to spoil the fun   There’s a man on television He’s a … Continue reading Bandaid 32

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Facebook No Mindbender

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I don’t like Facebook. I don’t like the insidious way it has crept into every aspect of our social lives, I don’t like that it has succeeded in turning invite into a noun and inbox into a verb and I don’t like the way it has democratised stupidity.  hun x Yet with all the shabby hypocrisy of an A-list celebrity preaching about … Continue reading Facebook No Mindbender

The Sky at Night

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN As you may have seen, some interesting footage has just been released by the United States Department of Defense. The film, which was shot from the camera of a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet interceptor, shows a curious object exhibiting unusual and astonishing flight characteristics somewhere off the Californian coastline. Sadly, although the Super Hornet is one of the most highly advanced … Continue reading The Sky at Night

Alzheimer’s Sufferers are Human

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN This morning was a good one; she remembered who I was. When I tucked my elderly relative safely into her bed last night, as I’ve done every night for the last few years, I did so in the knowledge that she might not remember exactly who I was upon awakening. Alzheimer’s does that. It’s one of the many nasty little tricks this … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Sufferers are Human

Councils’ Anodyne Nonsensical Drivel

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Yesterday I wrote an article about a scheme being run by a county council somewhere in deepest South West England. It will effectively provide free publicity for the scheme, which has admirable aims, throughout several towns within its catchment area. I duly did some research and churned out exactly 500 words. As a courtesy I sent a draft to the appropriate council … Continue reading Councils’ Anodyne Nonsensical Drivel

Mystery at 30,000 ft

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN What we know: On Tuesday afternoon an Airbus A330 operated by Pakistan International Airlines was intercepted by RAF Typhoon fighters over British airspace. Originating in Lahore, the airliner was en route to London Heathrow when it was diverted to Stansted Airport in Essex. It landed without incident at 14:50 and was held away from the airport terminal. Police officers boarded the aircraft … Continue reading Mystery at 30,000 ft

Bonfire Night

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN With each year that passes I grow increasingly aware that very little of what I supposedly learned at school has survived the perilous trek to adulthood. Memories remain, of course; some of them indelibly etched, as in acid, on the metaphorical brass of my consciousness, where they will remain until the day my mind finally deserts me. But too many more are … Continue reading Bonfire Night

Inexcusably Inaccurate: BBC News

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Well Fake News is certainly making the, erm, news lately, isn’t it? In an extraordinary press conference last week (a conference which, if nothing else, showed that the next four years will certainly not be devoid of amusement), US President Elect Donald Trump didn’t just level the charge at Buzzfeed (I don’t know them either), he also called into question the veracity … Continue reading Inexcusably Inaccurate: BBC News

If Only

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Statement from HM Government in response to the latest entirely predictable outrage: Following last Monday’s horrific attacks in Berlin we have agreed a series of measures to tackle the ongoing terror threat. Immediately after the event a tough-sounding COBRA meeting was convened at which several of the geniuses present suggested airport security was not good enough. As usual, numerous knee-jerk proposals were … Continue reading If Only

Snow – Flake or Provocateur?

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN ‘An inquiry into this period in Britain’s shameful history.’ And so Jon Snow began the Channel 4 News lead story on the evening of Monday 27th February. Keme Nzerem’s report on the abuse of children shipped throughout the Commonwealth under the Child Migrant Programme was indeed harrowing. Though uncomfortable to watch, the reporter deserves credit for sensitively handling a difficult subject. But … Continue reading Snow – Flake or Provocateur?