the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

Do you remember what you were doing when you first saw This Life? Did you discover it when they did the reboot in 2007? Find the DVD box set in a charity shop? An 8mm film in your Nan’s attic? Or like me, were you drunk on life (and copious amounts of cider) in 1996, …

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So Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again. The BBC’s swaggering, denim disturbing cash cow has been suspended from Top Gear, pending an inquiry into allegations that he “punched a producer”. Clarkson, whose list of offences during his tenure on the show is almost  as long as the Lap Time leaderboard, was on his last warning after …

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Have you noticed that some people are terribly perplexed by the sex scandal gradually engulfing the BBC? Over the weekend I’ve come across several individuals, ranging from people I know to commenters on internet sites, who are questioning the veracity of the women coming forward with their stories. For this week’s highlights package, I’ve prepared …

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Image: @SOTCAA. Without making assumptions of guilt or innocence, the response of a sizeable minority of people towards the recent allegations against Jimmy Savile is making it increasingly clear to me how this kind of thing might have gone unchecked for so long. I realise it must be horrendous for his family, but the level of …

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Image: Tim Whitby/Getty Images Europe. Listening to Victoria Pendleton trying to explain her reasons for self-harming on the radio this morning reminded me of a time when I too sought refuge in the slicing of my own flesh. Conversations with people since then, plus the perspective that the passing years lent, did not make the compulsion …

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With the kind of casual disregard you might expect of a person who never lets a story get in the way of a sarcastic remark, I wrote about this recently, but forgot to post the video. It’s the full debate between Muslim commenter Mo Ansar and English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, and the excitement …

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