Where I get the news

First port of call for finding out if the world is about to end is the BBC website. After that I check out the Guardian, sometimes the Telegraph, sometimes Sky News. I also pop into Mail Online for a laugh. The New York Times and Washington Post web sites are great sources for finding out what the clown has been up to and to read the articles shredding him to pieces.

I buy the i newspaper daily because its subscription is incredibly cheap. I used to get the Guardian occasionally until it became expensive. The Times is an occasional treat and has become the choice on Saturdays. (The big crossword is challenging but enjoyable)

When I wake in the morning I listen to BBC Radio’s Today programme usually to discover that I read about today’s news, yesterday. It’s usually possible to listen for about an hour, before repetition kicks in or because of some intensely annoying item or interviewee.

In the evening the Channel 4 news is always dependable and good on analysis, and the ITV News can be fun when Tom Bradby is the presenter. BBC Newsnight is required viewing for its varied, though variable, output.

I never knock the BBC because it would be the end of civilisation if it were to disappear, and I never get worked up about things I can do nothing about.

A Very English Scandal – John Preston

“A Very English Scandal – Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment” is the true story of the Jeremy Thorpe murder-plot. Jeremy Thorpe was a British MP and leader of the Liberal Party. This amazing book is the story of his downfall.

Throughout this gob-smacking, and sometimes hilariously funny story, one is often left aghast at the shenanigans and behaviour of the amazing cast of characters.

I read the 300+ pages in just two days. It’s a fantastic book and is highly recommended.

Interestingly the book is described on the back as a non-fiction novel. I had to look this up. Wikipedia says a non-fiction novel ‘depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious conversations and using the storytelling techniques of fiction’. Wikipedia also describes Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as one of the first examples of this technique. Coincidentally I read this last month – and raved over it! (Which I did when I first read it over forty years ago).