British music, art, and culture in general has reached every corner of the world and this does create a favourable impression of the nation - useful for business and politics in addition to just feeling a bit more welcomed when visiting a new place as a tourist.
The decision of the BBC and John Sweeney to enter North Korea undercover with a group of LSE students raises a number of important questions relating to the ethics of the media. Chiefly whether they were putting the students in harm's way, but also if they'd made them fully aware of the risks involved beforehand.
Whether it is film, music, comedy, art, literature or theatre, Thatcher has been a constant source of fascination for creative individuals from all corners.
As our television screens and newspapers were filled this week with endless images of Kim Jong-un and Mick Philpott, I wasn't worrying about threats posed by North Korea or narcissistic killers. I was wishing more people read Theodor Adorno.
In short, Tony is a major turn-around guy. But he knows better than most of us that he really has his work cut out for him now. He may disagree with me, but the truth is that the BBC is another country.
In these disrupted and ambiguous times, the qualities and characteristics which made our religious, political and business institutions successful in the past will not necessarily make them successful in the future
I wanted to write this blog in letters so small they'd fit on an electron so they would convey not only the scale of my enthusiasm for this show after the first episode but also my total negativity.
If the first series of The Voice on BBC1 was an actual voice it would have probably begun in a rich persuasive baritone before spluttering out into the consumptive wheeze of a Victorian whelp pleading for more alms.
At the end of the film Nighy tries to explain the situation by stating "we got lucky, they didn't, it's kind of that simple". It isn't that simple though, and explanations such a this force people to rely on a logic of bad fortune to explain why people are forced to live in these conditions.
What if you can't be bothered to put in all the groundwork needed for your dream job, because you really need to be up to date on what's going on in 'Revenge' and enjoy napping? What if you mistakenly came to this blog for useful life advice?
Sadly I never got to work for the BBC in Television Centre but I was lucky enough to have entered the building in various different guises; actor, interviewer, blogger and fan and receive that all important temporary BBC Pass.
I heard Mandy Rice-Davies on the BBC this week. She sounds in good shape. She's the survivor. Today is the 50th anniversary of the day when Conservative MP and secretary of state for war John Profumo told the House of Commons that there was "no impropriety whatever" in his relationship with Christine Keeler, a watershed moment in what we now call 'The Profumo Affair'.
A grim anniversary was celebrated yesterday, and that is the passing of a decade since the invasion of Iraq. To illustrate the new and more peaceful state of the country, the eve of that anniversary was marked by a wave of bombings that left 65 people dead. The timing of the attacks was not an accident: someone wants the West to understand that they still have the capacity to carry out such atrocities.
A 21st century newspaper is little more than a press office for a wealthy business owner with political interests.
Despite the tremendous amount of respect which I have for the British Broadcasting Corporation, I couldn't help wondering if I was watching fact or fi...
The latest report from the National Audit Office warns that a quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014 to meet rising demand because the past decade has seen the biggest increase in birth rate since the 1950s.