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Theodore Dalrymple
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Theodore Dalrymple is a retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. A highly popular journalist, he writes for The Times, The British Medical Journal,The Observer, Daily Telegraph, Spectator, The Salisbury Review and is contributing editor to the City Journal where he is Dietrich Weismann Fellow. His books include, ‘Life at the Bottom’, ‘Our Culture’, What’s Left of It’ ‘Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality’ ‘The Worldview that Makes the Underclass’. 'Dalrymple's work,' writes Daniel Hannnan, 'takes pessimism about human nature to a new level....once you get past the initial shock of reading about battered wives, petty crooks and junkies from a non-Left perspective, you find humanity and pathos.'
The Hilarious Pessimist
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Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly worked for the Daily
Mail for 15 years as a leading
celebrity interviewer. Among her
subjects were; Hilary Clinton, Jack
Nicholson, Russel Crowe, George
Clooney, Michael Portillo, Tony
Benn, Jeffrey Archer, Edwina Curry,
Scarlett Johansson, Arthur Scargill,
Vanessa Redgrave and Elizabeth
Taylor. She has written two books; a
biography of Colin Farrell, and
‘Inside’ an account of working as a
teacher in Wormwood Scrubs
Prison, London.

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August 19th. Jane Kelly. The Sword of the Prophet

All my life I've had premonitions, all of them unpleasant of course, but undeniable when they happen.In 1979 I was in the Kmpik building in the centre of Katowice in southern Poland, where I worked, reading the foreign newspapers, or all the ones that Kmpik put out on display. This was usually The Guardian and the Daily Mirror, but sometimes also Time and Newsweek.
Monday the 25th of August Jane Kelly: Syria, A New Thirty Years War

Way back in the mists of history, February 2012, during the siege of Homs in Syria, just before reporter Marie Colvin was killed, I remember a report she sent to the BBC. She was in a cellar of some kind, under bombardment. In front of her lay a baby, quite a large healthy child about 18  months old. We watched while his little rib-cage heaved and stretched as he slowly died from a shrapnel wound.
25th of August, Theodore Dalrymple. ‘Are newspapers only fit to wrap your fish and chips in ?

It is said that after the age of about forty the great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, read nothing except the Bible and newspapers. These days, alas, newspapers play an ever smaller role in the cultural role of any country. I don’t know a single young person who reads, let alone takes, a newspaper regularly.
25th of August. Gabriel Hershman. Are we heading for Fahrenheit 451?

Our language is constantly being debased in ways I hate. A "notebook" is apparently a small laptop, not a little exercise book on which to scribble thoughts. A "tablet" is yet another screened device, not a pill that you put into your mouth. I noticed the other day that a plane I was riding on at 35,000 feet was referred to as an "airbus" - as if it were London's number 11 bus that just happened to be floating among the clouds. Another time I heard a plane described as a "minibus".

Saturday August the 30th.Gabriel Hershman.
Did the left hate Mrs Thatcher because she taught them to eat their greens?

I notice on Facebook that almost all enlightened liberals, when they refer to Margaret Thatcher, even 16 months after her death, still preface their remarks with 'couldn't stand Thatcher...'. The next word is usually 'but'…

Monday the 1st of November. Jane Kelly
Good News & Bad

I had to go to hospital today for my six months check up after having cancer in 2010. The wait in the corridor for the results is never pleasant, as with just a few words a doctor can change your whole world and predict very accurately when it's going to end. No matter how many times you go through this and turn it around in your mind, it doesn't really become less challenging.

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