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    Any fool can criticise and several do

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 24/06/2018

    » It is probably fair to say that whether it be in the realm of the theatre, cinema or literature, critics are not the most beloved people. British playwright John Osborne once observed: "Ask a working writer what he feels about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs."

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    Food for thought and deep pockets

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 17/12/2017

    » Reading about the launch of Bangkok's first-ever Michelin Guide, I felt a little guilty having just consumed my own gourmet dish of baked beans on toast. A generous topping of grated parmesan cheese hardly lifted it into a creation that would win the approval of a Michelin bon vivant. Anyway, congratulations to all the restaurants that get a mention, even though I can't afford them. I wonder if any of them do a chip butty or mushy peas?

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    A gripping reminder of the Dunkirk spirit

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/07/2017

    » I've just got back from watching the film 'Dunkirk' and recommend it to anyone interested in this remarkable event, codenamed Operation Dynamo, that was to turn the tide of history and ultimately see the British and their allies overcome Adolf Hitler.

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    When shortwave radio was my best friend

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 12/03/2017

    » After 20 years the BBC is ending its foreign-language shortwave transmissions from Nakhon Sawan after failing to renegotiate its agreement with the Thai authorities. The transmissions were directed mainly at places like Afghanistan and Pakistan where radios are sometimes still the only source of news.

  • OPINION

    Facing the music on a desert island

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 05/02/2017

    » The daily news is so depressing it is time for a bit of unabashed escapism. Last weekend marked the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs, one of BBC Radio's most iconic programmes. The format involves celebrities being interviewed about their life and selecting eight records if castaway on a desert island. Each guest is allowed a book of their choice and an inanimate luxury.

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    Which street is the Gettysburg Address?

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 30/10/2016

    » Most Americans are aware of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches ever given in American history, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 at the height of the civil war.

  • OPINION

    As Sinatra would put it, 'doo-be-doo-be-doo'

    News, Roger Crutchley, Published on 19/10/2014

    » Following last week's column concerning singers who hated their biggest hits, several readers rightly pointed out a major omission was that of 'Ol' Blue Eyes' himself, Frank Sinatra, and Strangers in the Night.

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