Mia de Graaf

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Fleet Street, Football and the 'French Paradox': Unhealthy Isn't Always Evil

(2) Comments | Posted 29 October 2012 | (11:35)

On the Press Association training scheme my tutors and visiting speakers can never resist a 5-45 minute throwback to Fleet Street's hey days when drink and smoke rivalled oxygen, and few monitored what they ate. It's like one scriptwriter printed out a copy of the same speech for all of...

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Sean Penn and the Falklands Farce

(85) Comments | Posted 15 February 2012 | (23:00)

Sean Penn has just added to the farce that is the Falklands/Malvinas Cat Fight.

From the minute 2012 rolled around, and with it a heap of empty Falklands chat, I made a conscious decision to ignore it. Given the number of lives lost over these pesky rocks, and the strong...

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The Iron Lady Had a Responsibility to the Younger Generation, and it Failed

(70) Comments | Posted 6 January 2012 | (11:32)

Meryl Streep's performance is outstanding - definitely Oscar-worthy - and as a portrayal of a mentally decaying woman, it is truly touching. But this could be the crux of the problem I have with The Iron Lady. As Matthew D'Ancona chortled in yesterday's Evening Standard, "this time the greying anti-Thatcher...

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