Category Archives: media

Is Clarkson paying the price?

Or, is this about trying to absolve the past? I have always found Jeremy Clarkson to be the personification of an obnoxious loathsome git. He is the classic rude, boorish, sexist, Yorkshireman. Because yes, dear reader, said arrogant egotistical 54-year-old … Continue reading

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And do you have any experience in..?

Or how to vet your potential interviewer/s in an extremely short space of time. While interviews in Gib have been utterly beyond belief, experiences in the UK, have also been worth a smile. However, I’ll start with the best one … Continue reading

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Irresponsible journalism at its worst

There is no such thing as a prank call. Purporting to be someone you aren’t is disingenuous at best, and more frequently, lying. Disregarding the issue of how a couple of Aussie music programme presenters can possibly emulate the Queen … Continue reading

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Jimmy Savile – how’s about that, then?

What is there to say? Shocking? Terrible? Those poor girls and women? And boys apparently too. I don’t need to say all that because everyone else has said it. A couple of things I will say. They are currently allegations … Continue reading

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Another job-hunting tale of woe

Employers. What are they like? Just a voice level test, reading out the weather. Really? So today’s ‘audition’ for a radio presenter post wasn’t quite what I had been led to believe. Oh no. The 20 minute voice level test … Continue reading

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Copyright – to © or not to ©

Does it matter? What has it got to do with the average blogger? There is no ‘average’ blogger though is there? I’ve read a couple of blogs recently discussing the use of copyright on photographs. leannecolephotography and Mike Hardisty Photography … Continue reading

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Having a laugh

A little light relief is called for in the form of my job interview. Little being the operative word, as in a very little time was spent on it. Some of you may remember my previous post on roughseas where … Continue reading

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A WordPress sigh

Hello WordPress Why don’t you just fuck everything up like blogger? No, I do not want to read topics on my ‘reader’ in an endless bloody list. My reader is for the blogs I am interested in. Topics are for … Continue reading

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Journalism (7) – public relations

But the lure of the newsroom and reporting called again. Or perhaps the politics of the government circuit in the 80s wasn’t for me. Or maybe we just wanted to escape from the south-east with our property boom money before … Continue reading

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Journalism (6) – the press office

‘Welcome to the Press Office.’ A tall James Coburn clone walked towards me down the huge office with his hand outstretched. What a seriously nice way to be greeted on your first day in a new job. The first thing … Continue reading

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Journalism (5) – career moves

One day, a colleague took me aside and confided that she was applying for a new job. In PR. ‘In PR!’ I said, horrified. ‘Whatever for? Don’t you like being a journalist?’I asked, thinking that was all anyone would ever … Continue reading

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Journalism (4) – politics and Thatcher

Ah. Margaret. How many lives did she influence back then? Or even end? But let’s start at the beginning. Sitting in chemistry class at my private all-girls school. We adored our teacher. Slim, attractive, slick dyed hair, make-up, smart suits, … Continue reading

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Journalism (3) – the paper chase

The biggest moment in those early days for any apprentice is signing your indentures. Without that, you aren’t going anywhere. By signing those indentures, your employer is bound to keep you, put you through college, abide by all the terms … Continue reading

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Journalism (2) – give us a clue?

So, having secured your prized job as a tea maker and trainee journalist, what does the training involve? In the UK, you could (at the time) enter journalism through a number of routes: direct entry onto a newspaper with, usually, … Continue reading

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On journalism (1) – it’s all in the name

Journalism, as everyone knows, is the most exciting, well-paid and rewarding job any ambitious graduate who thinks they can write, can aspire to. Including those who end their sentences with prepositions. And start them with conjunctions. But back in olden … Continue reading

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Compromises?

What do you do when faced with a dilemma involving your principles? Choose one principle above another? Or try and find that compromise in the middle, that isn’t one or the other? Life is made up of compromises of so … Continue reading

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Your daily shot of inspiration

I read some shit on WordPress – The Daily Post – but really, they are plumbing the depths. After starting to write a blog post, the temptations of the internet can easily distract us from the task at hand. You’re … Continue reading

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What not to post on your blog….

Being a nice sort of person, I would never dream of telling any of my cherished readers what I don’t like about their blogs. In fact, I did find the constructive comments on my roughseas poll very helpful. And I … Continue reading

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Consumerism (6) – living boxes

After all, home entertainment sounds so dreary. And I can hardly title a blog, TVs, computers, gadgets, smartphones, iPads, video/DVD recorders, fax machines, can I? All suggestions for a better title will be carefully considered and will most likely be … Continue reading

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Note to all bloggers

I suppose I should have called this ten top tips to successful blog posts or recommended crap like that. Or maybe ten top tips to pissing people off. That’s more like it. Anyway, back to note to all bloggers. 1) … Continue reading

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