Ex-hack, vassal to news industry, sometime feature-writer for BBC News, Vice and others
Alexander Walters is a freelance journalist who has contributed to The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times. His other job is in digital product development at the Financial Times, ironically the only national broadsheet for which he has never written.
CUSTOMER: Fantastic. So I'll take two grams of the Finca del Jabanero, a gram of the Fazenda do Lacano and a gram of the Old Musty Grenson. Do you have anything for the morning after?PROPRIETOR: Oh, no, you'll still feel worthless, ashamed and promise yourself you'll never do it again. See you next week.
We make the most foolish promises to ourselves when we're drunk. The process usually starts on a school night drinking session, somewhere between the second pint and the third, at the moment when you decide that you're definitely not just "having a couple".
It's a Saturday afternoon and, having told me that my wardrobe is a little "tired", my girlfriend decides to take me shopping in Shoreditch. We go to a store called A.P.C. It's French, which is apparently justification for charging £75 for a t-shirt.
As Rupert Murdoch picked up the bible on his first appearance at the Leveson enquiry (no, it didn't burst into flames), the sharp-eyed might have spotted a hint of a grin on the old man's cadaverous features.
Our lives were never lived entirely through the telephone or the post but much of our life, indeed much of our personal life, is now lived online. It is for this reason that we should be proposing new and ever more effective safeguards to protect our digital liberty, not illiberal measures that curtail it.
Journalists have rarely ranked high in the affections of the British public. Occasionally venerated for noble efforts abroad or campaigns at home, they are mostly left to languish alongside society's bottom feeders - politicians, for example, or estate agents.