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COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON MARATHON 2017 - PART 4
In my last Countdown to April 23 2017 blog, I had managed 15 miles of  continuous running. I had reached the edge of inner Mousehole but had not yet got to the very heart of the port with its wonderful harbour views. And now - as of yesterday, Sunday 19 Apr...

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COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON MARATHON 2017 - PART 3
Another month gone - five more Sunday morning long runs under my belt since the last blog - see this link for Part 2 of the Countdown to the London Marathon 2017 series . I note I wrote and posted on Saturday February 4 2017 which was actually the day befor...

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JEREMY CORBYN IS A VERY DANGEROUS MAN
'He will have to go.' It could be a Tory talking - a member of the 1% who control so much of our society's wealth and power and who sees a socialist vision as anathema - a deadly threat to their social and political interests.    . Or it could be a member o...

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JAGO STONE - THE AMERICAN CONNECTION - PART 4
At some point next year, in 2018, I will be making contact with mainstream publishers to see who may be interested in putting their money into my biography of Jago Stone. Self-publishing - as I did with 'The Road to Corbyn' - remains on the table as an opti...

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JAGO STONE - TWO DAYS EXPLORED: A BBC RADIO 4 INTERVIEW IN 1971 AND ITS AIRING AGAIN IN 2017
As each week goes past and fresh discoveries emerge from the online search for the identity of Jago Stone as a character and as an artist, I feel more and more excited as his biographer. My gut academic instinct that this style of research would pay rich di...

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COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON MARATHON 2017 - PART 2
The London Marathon this year is on St George's Day, April 23, 2017. April 23 is an important day for national treasures other than St George and the London Marathon. It's also William Shakespeare's birthday - and death day. Factoids are so Radio 2. I love ...

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BEING TRUMPED - WILL MAY RUE THE DAY OF THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP?
My political antennae are well-positioned for crap-detecting. The phrase 'Special Relationship' has been heard so often in recent days that the alarm bells are sounding unbearably in my ears. Prime-minister May and President Trump and their teams have wrung...

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COUNTDOWN TO THE LONDON MARATHON - APRIL 2017
Let's be frank. I am hoping that if you are reading this you will want to continue - and you will also consider making an online donation to the website that is linked to this blog. If you can afford to, please sponsor my charity marathon run for the Salvat...

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CELEBRITY CULTURE AND THE DEATH OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES
An unlikely pairing at first glance. Imagine a Christmas cracker riddle: 'What links the cult of celebrity, Kim Kardashian, and the death of local communities?' Read on for an answer shaped by my most recent newspaper and journal trawling. George Monbiot is...

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JAGO STONE - THE AMERICAN CONNECTION - PART 3
Writing this on Christmas Eve, 2016, I can't quite believe it's been less than a week since I received an email from the States with the title 'Jago Stone'. Monday 19 December was the date of this my first communication from Jessica Raber. "Hello, My name i...
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