Hugh Bassett

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An Englishman in New York

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (03:15)

There are 120,000 British people living in New York. On Monday, I joined them (briefly). Why did they leave the potato-gobbling rain-gutter we call home? What differences are there between living there and here? And can you make a handy list of slightly amusing observations about the whole affair?

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Big Mac Saves Women's Lives!

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (18:23)

The inevitable has finally happened: McDonald's has saved someone's life!

Well, sort of. It was revealed yesterday, that in the incredible Amanda Berry case, where three women were held captive in an Ohio house for nearly ten years, the man who heard their cries and sparked the police investigation,...

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Life Advice

(1) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (19:23)

During a recent appearance on the Chelsea Lately show, it was revealed that Gwyneth Paltrow had once told a friend who had been arguing with their husband that the solution was to give him oral sex.

Her exact words were apparently: "Whatever you're doing, just do the opposite,...

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What the Rich List Taught Me About Family Values

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (01:00)

Last weekend was, as the penultimate one of April always is, the best one of the entire year. It's the day the Rich List, an annual compendium of the two hundred most obscenely wealthy people in the United Kingdom comes out.

It's hard to answer why flicking...

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We Need to Talk About Justin: Why Not Lay Off Bieber for a Bit?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2013 | (19:53)

It's rare that you get a really good crossover between the ridiculous world of celebrity and the more serious world of well, everything else. So it's a bit of a treat when one does come up, like the bizarre relationship between Dennis Rodman, a six foot seven tattooed basketball player...

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Dr. StylesLove or: How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love One Direction

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (18:56)

It's hard to move these days without reading something about One Direction. Articles about them are strewn about the place like groupies at one of their seemingly twice-daily concerts. Harry got a tattoo! Niall pulled someone! Zayn's new haircut looks like an ice-cream cone! Harry got about ten more tattoos!...

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Do We Put Too Much Faith in Our Politicians

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2013 | (23:55)

As the Easter weekend draws to a close, and we try and get over the fact that we've eaten so much chocolate that if we died tomorrow and had a post-mortem they'd only be able to identify us as 'some form of dairy product', we might be tempted to ruminate...

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What Comedy Can Learn From 'Plebgate'

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2013 | (14:39)

There was a point a few years ago when I started to wonder whether we'd had one too many 'gates'. It was a decade or so past the glory days of 'squidgygate' and 'zippergate' and we'd begun to veer precariously into the realm of 'nipplegate' and 'sachsgate'. The media seemed...

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Lena Dunham and the Voice of My Generation

(1) Comments | Posted 27 March 2013 | (00:00)

The voice of a generation is always a contentious issue. Last century had the likes of Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan, cool, young writers with an urge to tell the world about their peer's ideas, influences and struggles. In keeping with this trend it would seem that my generation's spokesperson...

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How to Be Realistic About Your Job Prospects: A Practical Guide

(0) Comments | Posted 25 March 2013 | (12:15)

Shock and/or horror at the news that 'there is a massive mismatch between young people's career expectations and the reality of jobs available'. A recent survey has, presumably through some form of magic, managed to realise that teenagers want cool, well-paid jobs, preferably without having to get any...

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