David Blunkett's position as leader of the opposition (to Gordon Brown) was officially confirmed at the launch of his book, Politics and Progress, a volume best described as a modest offering immodestly offered.
Last week, my antipathy towards the "Do you know who I am (related to)?" attitude was sorely tested by the prospect of a nine-hour flight on Kenya Airways.
Multi-tasking should carry a health warning. This obsession with efficiency, so crucial to industrialists and entrepreneurs alike, has turned me into a tyrant. I first discovered multi-tasking in the features pages of glossy magazines.
I arrived here in Port of Spain, Trinidad, a week ago to attend the centennial anniversary of C L R James. I spoke, in a rather abstract and intellectual way, on James and popular journalism at a conference where the slogan was "Every Cook Can Govern".
The sex life of the Blairs receives little media attention, less for reasons of taste than for fear of the lawyers and Alastair Campbell. But that deficiency is to be remedied in Linda McDougall's hour-long television special on Cherie Booth, due to be broadcast on 30 September.
The terror in New York has ignited a war of words in homes, pubs and studios across the UK. Two days after the attack, Radio 5's late-night panel was rejigged to include a genuine British ex-colonel and, as an afterthought, Michael Dobbs, the writer and one-time vice-chairman of the Tory party.
The Zimbabwean anti-colonial movement was the most advanced that ever fought on African soil, and its struggle the most brutal, equal in intensity to the war fought by the Mau Mau in Kenya.
Of further and better interest, as the lawyers say, is the interest shown by Michael Howard in becoming chairman of the Commons security and intelligence committee.
Have you bartered for anything lately, or have you given it up in the face of global capitalism? I remember, as a kid in the Seventies, being taken around meat markets where my family would buy sausages, chops, school uniforms, everything. Dad always got away with murder.
My American friends are amazed by the bile that is being heaped upon economic migrants in this country.
The terror in America cast a pall over the Trades Union Congress. Delegates and media gathered by television screens in Brighton conference centre, a few weeping openly. Hardier souls watched the drama unfold in the Fiddler's Elbow.
The anti-racism conference held in Durban, South Africa, collapsed in recrimination against Israel, against calls for an apology from Europeans for the Atlantic slave trade, against calls for reparations for one of the most horrible, barbaric, evil, vicious, corrupt moments in the history of hum
One oddity of the global economic slowdown is that many companies and individuals continue to over-indulge while others, such as Marconi, are on the brink of collapse.
The number of applicants for asylum in Britain - that is, those who apply rather than those who get leave to remain - represents less than 1 per cent of the world's refugee population. Yet these past few weeks, the hysteria surrounding asylum-seekers has reached new heights.
Montgomeryshire is the accidental and, for the authorities, unwanted home of a veritable feast of post-hippie-alternative-community dwellers.
Why do the British hate the police? When PC Bluestone killed his wife and two of his four children, cries of horror and anguish went up.
Last weekend was one of supreme entertainment all round. I have criticised recent Notting Hill Carnivals for the content, their artistic side, the crudity of the costuming. I had ceased going to Notting Hill on the bank holiday. But now, its very existence is under threat.
For five months, I have been searching for a church to go to with my daughter. But it's been 20 years since I last went regularly and everything has changed. I stopped going after one Sunday ended in tears and humiliation.
Every year for as long as I can remember, I have been attacked by a stranger between June and August. This year's incident happened over a parking space, after I cheekily parked in an entirely empty, but private, car park on my way to visit the dentist.
Just the other week, the government of Trinidad and Tobago sentenced ten men to the gallows.
Any activist or campaigner should be able to tell you about the problems of powdered baby milk. For a start, unscrupulous drug dealers* keep cutting cocaine with infant formula, which results in extremely healthy, nutritionally enriched nostrils and a good night's sleep.