It is all too easy in a busy newsroom to slip into cliche and start dipping into regular news language but sometimes it pays to take a step back and have a think about what you are writing. That is the true test of being a good journalist.
Since the horrific attacks last Friday I've seriously been thinking about what my hijab means. I first wore it because I believed it was the spiritual thing to do. After many years, a little more knowledge and a diverse group of friends I wonder how spiritual the practice actually is.
That's just for starters. I have no doubt that we're looking at bright, trite and very entitled future from Mr Davies. So may I be the first to say: All hail Britain's long awaited Defender of the Privileged. He's just what our society needed.
This week has perhaps shown we are making some progress in challenging the denigration of people with mental health conditions, but also made clear just how far we have to go still.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed the previous ruling was the correct one. There was no public interest in the photos and just because the children's father is well-known, that doesn't mean the children lose any rights of privacy.
I guess my true issue here is with Glamour, this award alone generates a lot of exposure in the media, so Glamour have the opportunity to use this award to value the women in our society that are saving lives, overcoming tragic illnesses and poverties, inventing amazing things and dying for their country like Moira Smith. Instead of continuously acknowledging celebrities, this is a real chance to every now and then appreciate and bring to light the unsung heroes.
Paris will get through this. History all but guarantees it. Mythology too. There's a siege in Saint Denis right now, a place named after a saint who had his head cut off at Montmartre, and who then picked up his erstwhile noggin and ran as far as he could with it (the cathedral there is apparently built where he landed).
Do we now think of news to back up our own beliefs? To me standing with France does not mean overlooking any prolonging of sufferings in war zone and non-war zones, but the mourning of victims everywhere. Ma solidarité la plus profonde avec les victimes. Toutes les victimes all over the world. Viva Peace!
It was shortly after a lunch of egg sandwiches and wedges that I realised I was about to be thrown out of Britain First's annual conference, hosted in a private room, in a castle-like hotel, on the outskirts of Sheffield. I was glad. It was over.
"Why isn't the media covering this?" I saw several Facebook posts exclaim, while sharing a link to a BBC News story on the tragedy. a) The media did cover this. You are sharing a BBC News link to the story.
We owe this generation so much more than vapid rhetoric about how they've never had it so good. They should demand more of their so-called leaders in this out of touch Tory Government.
The fashion industry can make a change on how beauty is perceived and in turn I would hope in everyday life people would judge someone on them as a person, not to be judged on skin colour.
I know, I know - as one of the leading Lord Lucan pundits, it's been egg on my face, utter humiliation, and also the distinct possibility of being asked to reconsider my position, perhaps with the aid of a bottle of whisky and a pearl-handled revolver.
Lord Lucan may now be officially "dead", and his close relatives may think that he's "dead", but we're going to need just a little more hard evidence before the rest of us can believe that Lord Lucan is Dead Dead.
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Another call came in - this time from volunteers in Serbia - the refugees are burning plastic bags to keep warm, they have nothing else, they are freezing to death, and the fumes from the bags are slowly poisoning them, please send help. Then another - this time from volunteers on Lesbos trying to find out how to order body bags en masse... will they have to resort this? Time will tell, but certainly people there have already started to die.