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My First Day as a Writer

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Furquan Akhtar

I start to think about the writer I want to be. Maybe I'll get really good at Twitter. I could become one of those writers who has their finger on the pulse and can talk about Newsnight and the latest series of Ex on the Beach, Yeah, maybs. I turn the wifi back on.

Confessions of a 40-something

Vicki Marinker | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Almost as soon as the clock struck midnight on my 40th birthday, I became invisible to the general public. I'm not saying I used to attract lots of attention, but I really think I could walk the streets naked in broad daylight without causing a stir.

Why Do the Media Assume the Bishops Are Our Only Moral Guardians?

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

The 'Thought For The Day' slot is often (not always) given to religious professionals of various types. Or at least there seem to be a majority of speakers from the various faiths. Other people's thoughts are not seen as valuable or moral perhaps?

'Lagom': Why Swedes Are Happier Than Us

Danny Robins | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Danny Robins

There has for some years now been a great deal of interest in Sweden here in the UK. I think this stems largely from the fact that Swedes seem like a happier, more successful version of us... What is their secret? It could be summed up in one word: 'lagom'. Lagom is a uniquely Swedish word with no direct translation into English. It means 'not too much, not to little'.

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue What's Wrong With Samantha

Paul Blanchard | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Paul Blanchard

Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha...

Westminster Is Irrelevant (Not That You Would Know It)

Harry Cooper | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

I got back from Strasbourg last week, where the European Parliament absurdly ships itself each month to vote on various regulations and directives. And, unsurprisingly, there was almost no mention of what happened in any UK newspaper, blog or radio station. To be quite honest with you, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall. What happens in Brussels (and Strasbourg) has far more impact on any of lives than what MPs in Westminster usually bitch and moan about.

Hate The Archers? Then You Won't Want To Hear Wiggins On It

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Sport

Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins is gearing up for a cameo role in Radio 4 soap The Archers. Sir Bradley will h...

EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Lisa Knapp's Ode To The Shipping Forecast

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

"Shipping Song uses the arcane shipping forecast as the template for one of the most original and astonishing songs of the sea you could wish for..." ...

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

The Battle Is On!

Harley Miller | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Harley Miller

This Monday was worse than usual. Before I even took a first sip of my obligatory morning coffee, my phone pinged to tell me an email had arrived. It was from my solicitor, telling me that they had received the response from UK Visa and Immigration to say my review has been rejected on the same grounds as they originally refused it. They have now also issued me my removal orders.

In Defence of a Friend

John Parish | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Parish

Polly Harvey is my best friend and I know her to be meticulous and considered in everything she does. The amazing line up of guests for Today she was able to draw from is testament to how well thought of she is.

PJ Harvey and the Today Programme Controversy

Dr Kristian Lasslett | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Kristian Lasslett

The consensus among the programme's critics is that the music-icon organised several hours of tiresome leftist drivel - the word left has been echoed again and again. Behind this criticism is a stance that is both dangerous and ingenious at the same time.

With Google Translate I Thee Wed?

Alan Dein | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alan Dein

I first met Bryan online nearly two years ago, during a series of interviews for a BBC Radio 4 series called Don't Log Off that has been on the air since January 2012. The concept of the show is to seek out people's stories from all over the world - not by traditional or conventional research methods.

Government Does Good Thing - Nobody Cares

Nigel Cannings | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK
Nigel Cannings

First up, a declaration - I hate the Coalition. I hold George Osborne personally responsible for plunging the country into a worse crisis than necess...

The Patter of Tiny Feats... of Genius!

Ed O'Meara | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Comedy
Ed O'Meara

They're London's next generation of influentials. Ed O'Meara introduces the capital's hottest 5 under-5s. Kristabooboo Smith Fashion Designer, 3 M...

Newsjack's Back - The Show You Can Write for, and Should

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Gabby Hutchinson Crouch

Fellow writers, comedy fans and people prone to going "I could do that" - Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack is about to start a new series. As well as being very funny, it has an open door policy. You can write for it. In fact, if you're interested in getting in to writing comedy for radio, I'm going to go as far as saying that you really, really should write for it.

'Shut Up, Just For A Second'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Veteran BBC presenter James Naughtie lost patience with two guests appearing on his Radio 4 show this morning, demanding they both "shut up, just for ...

Why Is the Media So Silent About the Content of Edward Snowden's NSA Leaks?

Thomas Midlane | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

Why are the British press largely keeping Snowden's leaks at arm's length? It's impossible to give a comprehensive answer to this question, but here are a few suggestions.

BBC Criticised For Lack Of Atheist Views

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

The BBC has come under fire for the lack of atheists featured on its programme, as secularists said it did not give due weight to the opinions of thos...

Was the 'Today' Programme Right to Interview Tommy Robinson?

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

This morning, the leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, appeared and was interviewed by Sarah Montague. Was the Today programme right to have Tommy on? On balance, yes. But I would have liked some tougher questioning.

Radio 4 Rapped After Listeners Mishear 'Cox Sackers'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

BBC Radio 4 has been criticised after the words "cox sackers" were broadcast during an afternoon show. The host of the Thinking Allowed show, Lauri...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Come 2015, It'll Be 'Time For A Change'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on 30 April 2013... 1) COME 2015, IT'LL BE 'TIME FOR A CHANGE' The right-wing media echo chamber keeps telling u...

Government 'Ignored' Warnings Over NHS Death Rates, Public Health Expert Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

Government ministers and the NHS ignored warnings about persistently high death rates in hospitals which could have claimed the lives of up to 20,000 ...

An Auditory Journey Through Shakespeare's Restless World

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

The immortal value of a physical book is no news. Yet you will agree that the growing proliferation of audiobooks is remarkable for multiple reasons. ...

Confessions of a First Year Student - "Is This What Real Life Is Like?"

Eve Betts | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Betts

There's one week left before I go home for the Easter holidays and I don't think I have ever been more relieved to return to a world where the most stressful decision I have to make is whether to bake a lemon drizzle or chocolate cream cake.