Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

Laurel and Hardy were two of my favourite comedians. Every year on Thanksgiving, a US TV network played one of their old films. We laughed at their jokes and slapstick, with perfect timing and the sheepish face of Stan Laurel and the exasperated reactions of Oliver Hardy providing moments to remember. What brought back that … Continue reading Comic duo Laurel and Hardy’s moments to remember: Tales of Hollywood stranger than fiction

Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder

“One of the chief Functions of a television critic is to stay at home and watch the programmes on an ordinary domestic receiver, just as his readers do. If he goes to official previews, he will meet producers and directors, start understanding their problems, and find himself paying the inevitable price for free sandwiches. A … Continue reading Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder

If I worked in a newsroom like The Newsroom, I’d still be working

I’ve worked in three print, one newsagency and four television newsrooms over the past 46 years (subtract five as a teacher), and none was like The Newsroom of Aaron Sorkin, the HBO series now going to air on the new Foxtel channel, SoHo. Okay, he does try hard to make it realistic, but if he … Continue reading If I worked in a newsroom like The Newsroom, I’d still be working