Douglas

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Dennis Nilsen

How Nilsen controlled his own legacy A three-part series on mass murder Dennis Nilsen is currently running on BBC2, but this one is different in that as well as adding new material, it approaches the case from a gay point of view.      Nilsen spent the second half of his life in prison. The first …

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Journalism

  Need a new writer? Send for a supersub ‘Bill Bryson is laying down his pen and retiring from books’ Ben Macintre wrote in The Times on October 16 2020. The remainder of this entertaining piece continued as follows:      The funny, insightful, amiable, furry and hugely popular American writer will be missed, and nowhere …

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Blog

Why Ukraine will not lose its independence If Vladimir Putin knew what I know he wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine, he’d have left his troops to complete their military ‘exercises’ on the border and left it at that. But instead he pushed the boundaries, seeing how far he could go.      When the West said it …

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Jazz

Covid gives Cornwall Price to play Covid-19 clobbered many things in 2020, among live music, not the least of which is jazz. Musicians, far from being the best paid component of the entertainment industry, suffered a dramatic loss of income.      All credit jazz guitarist Nigel Price who organised a mini tour for his quartet …

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Bridge

Bridge addicts adapt to Covid In order to survive Covid much changed, not just life, but also the things that enrich it. When the restrictions of lockdown made face-to-face bridge impossible, for example, addicts like me were forced to play online.      Not only did most of us make the leap from bridge table to …

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