There are worse things than a new pile of books, but nothing better.
Take a look at this haul!
- Never Again, Britain 1945-51 (Hennessy)
- The Blair Effect, 2001-2005 (Seldon and Kavanagh)
- Essential Public Affairs for Journalists (Morrison)
- Essential Law for Journalists (Welsh, Greenwood and Banks)
- English for Journalists (Hicks)
- News Writing (McKane)
- Journalism, a Career Handbook (McKane)
- The NCTJ Essential Guide to Careers in Journalism (Bull)
Most of them came from my friend and pub co-worker after I badgered him incessantly to lend me all his now-unused university texts…he really shouldn’t have told me he studied history and journalism. But now they’re all mine (and for keeps). This is pure educational gold.
I’m also reading Andrew Marr’s book, My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism. The Kindle says I’m about 16% through, but so far
A woman sits with flag and photo in hand near St. Paul’s Cathedral. (Kalyeena Makortoff photo)
Pomp, patriotism and police were the defining features of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher’s funeral procession today. I joined hundreds, if not thousands, of Brits who gathered for the display—some to pay respects, but many, it seemed, simply to say “I was there” and savour a slice of history. I’m aware that I fell into the latter group: one of the mere observers, waiting to see the hearse roll by. Waiting to see who would cheer and aware that somewhere along the way, trouble might be brewing.
I didn’t camp out overnight, but I should have arrived a little earlier than 9am. Crowds were 3, to 5, to 10 people deep around St. Paul’s and down Ludgate Hill.
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