Monthly Archives: April 2011

Red, White and above all Blue at ‘Biased BBC’

Photo: Kenny Everett’s foam hand, as waved (approvingly) at a 1980s Tory event Former Tory Minister Chris Patten tucks his knees under the Chairman’s (presumably) gold tooled leather topped desk at the BBC Trust next week. The event reminds me … Continue reading


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Gagarin cries ‘poyekhali’ from Karlovy Vary

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth. His first words on lift off were ‘poyekhali’ or ‘off we go’. I hadn’t absorbed the significance of Gagarin for Central and Eastern Europeans til a trip … Continue reading

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