The Saturday Times

Well it’s taken six days but last Saturday’s Times’ crossword has finally been completed. Google was not required, just additional effort in the mornings when the brain is definitely more alert.

Saturday’s newspaper

When did Saturday’s paper stop being interesting? We’ve always bought a Saturday paper. A couple of years or so ago we switched from a lifetime reading The Guardian to The Times. But today I switched back, partly because we were getting tired of The Times. But today’s Guardian is no improvement and costs a monstrous £3.20 (The Times costs £2!).

Is it that we’re already saturated with news? We listen daily to Radio 4’s Today programme and to TV news bulletins, as well as checking out many of the newspaper sites on the Web.

Our daughter has suggested switching to a Sunday paper so maybe that’s worth a try.

I think that at my age I’ve become worn out by politics, endless tragedy, conflict and disaster. I need a rest. I need to block it all out.

The Saturday Times

We’d never been able to complete the last half-dozen clues in the Saturday Times’ big crossword without resorting to Google. Yesterday we managed it apart from having to confirm there was a Tolkien novel called ‘The Silmarillion’ (20 across). Well done us!

Also in The Times there was a mouth watering review of Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower, describing the heir to the throne as “utterly out of touch and addicted to luxury” as well as being “an Olympian whinger”. Can’t wait for the paperback edition!

I sympathised with Janice Turner’s article Labour has been lost to fools and crackpots.

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