Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).
Once upon a time an Englishman's home was his castle but now a whole range of public authorities can get access for one purpose or another. We need to see that this does not happen with confidential information.
The BAFTAs have just been dished out, leaving a level playing field ready to be mown up and mole-hilled by the favourites of next year. So what makes a good actor?
Recently, I found myself involved as a "Twitter expert" in a "radio debate" about swearing on social media. It went so well that they missed out publishing that week's show podcast and I said "sir" live on air, which while it isn't a swear word, is a feature of my speech that really annoys me that I'm trying to eliminate.
While many a Brit is accustomed to televised snooker, the game is still relatively unknown in many corners of the world. I grew up in the states and I'd never even seen a snooker table before I moved to Europe a few years ago. Pool remains the preferred cue sport in my nation of origin.
Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should. But why? During LGBT History Month, we might learn about LGBT people who have made or continue to make a difference to our world. We can learn about their accomplishments and how they have changed science, literature, or many other fields.
In the world of food and writing, I'm an al dente moaner, a social commentator looking through the holes of glazed ring doughnuts. There's no doubt, after all, that the life of someone who feels the need to write about the world around them tend to have a keen eye for the most delicious foods, often in the largest quantities.
How often do young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or otherwise queer children or young adults see positive reflections of themselves and their lives in literature, in the media, on TV, or in films? When will they be featured in a documentary? When will they learn that they too are productive, welcomed, supported members of society who have bright futures ahead of them?
Nick Clegg was in a relaxed and welcoming mood as he greeted guests at Admiralty House in the heart of London's Westminster parliamentary precinct.
Rather than placing responsibility on the athletes, it might be more effective for the sponsors of the 2014 games to pull out of their lucrative deals with the IOC. According to the official Olympics website, commercial partnerships generally contribute up to 40% of Olympic revenue. If the corporations that sponsor the Olympics revoked their support then the IOC will take note.
It's that time of year again; Edinburgh is ablaze with art, theatre, and music from around the world. For the month of August, Edinburgh is the culture capital of the world, as thousands of musicians, street-performers, actors, comedians, authors, and artists demonstrate their art at various venues across the city.
Did we call for Delhi to be stripped of the Commonwealth Games because of the rising number of acid attacks in India? Do we refuse to play Pakistan in cricket because of honour killings? China hosted the Olympics despite having at best a chequered human rights record. The truth is that sporting boycotts and bans do not work.
While Sochi 2014 is the immediate concern it is simply the latest charade in an ever growing list of erroneous decisions by sporting committees where the human rights record, inherent poverty and endemic discrimination of a nation have been flagrantly ignored.
Riding the roomba of news in a shark costume. The Doctor will see us now. And in quite some style too, with Zoe Ball presenting a half hour long "get...
An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 in Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world. He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing.
Everybody thinks I have this hilarious, exciting life... Hang on a minute... I do! Suicide made sure of that. Long gone are the days when I used to indulge it, sat in a dark room, listening to The Smiths. I forced myself to confront it. I wasn't going to let it get the better of me anymore.