Thursday, 8 March 2018

Women at the BBC

Annie Nightingale on The Old Grey Whistle Test
Ten years ago, I wrote this in my blog:

“A group of middle-aged men are discussing 70s pop music and how good it was and I’m wondering why there are no middle-aged women there.”

Nothing has changed since then.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Book review: Untypical Girls

Me being untypical, many years ago.
When I was a teenager and I wanted to learn how to look like a punk, I didn’t have much to go on apart from the newspapers and the back cover of the New Wave compilation LP. I’d have loved a book like this.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Turning 60 (part 2): Not giving up

I've been thinking a lot about the fact that I turn 60 this year, and what it means. If anything.

I can’t at the moment think of anything good about being 60. We don’t even get a bus pass where I live. In spite of that, I don’t think my 60th birthday will feel as bad as my 50th.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Turning 60 (part 1): WTF?

Railcard leaflet
Is that all there is?
This year, I turn 60. How did that happen? 60 is the age my Nana and Grandad always were. It’s where you stop being middle aged and start getting called “older”. It’s totally incompatible with my self-image. (But so was 50, and I got used to that… sort of.)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

How difficult is it to know how to treat people with respect?

The guests on Newsnight.
I am angry. I'm writing this hoping it will make me feel less angry.

I realised last night that the anger has been growing - ever since the Weinstein story broke - and the last straw was this:

Disgraced former defence secretary Michael Fallon telling a female BBC reporter that sexual harassment was “acceptable” 10 or 15 years ago.

No, it wasn’t. It was never acceptable. Why is that even something that needs to be said?