A question of taste

A lifetime ago, back in journalism college (yes, we learned on typewriters), our lecturers warned us that being reporters meant we would sometimes be exposed to the seedier side of humanity and would have to dig into the harsher climes of society’s underworld, revealing hidden secrets and exposing ourselves to risks as we raked through layers of muck in a quest for the truth.

Then this week I get this commission. Three decades of journalistic endeavour have led me to this point. I am pleased to confirm my appointment as The Guardian’s first (and only) Donald Trump cocktails correspondent, all expenses paid naturally. Unfortunately, the contract was for three hours only.

Not everyone appreciated my hard work, however. One commentator on my story suggested that: “Everyone involved in bringing this article to press should be required to clean lavatories in a refugee camp for six months.” Which is preferable to four years of a Trump presidency, I guess.






It’s bad enough Marco Rubio returning to Twitter and making a prat of himself but here’s an even bigger reason why politicians should not be trusted to manage their own social media accounts.


Taken for a ride

The daily avalanche of PR emails continues unabated, and one from Mrs Nita Korhonen, director of the Switzerland-based Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme, caught my eye (even though I have no idea how I ended up on their mailing list).

I am honoured to have been asked to submit my nomination for the prestigious 2015 Women in Motorcycling Award which, according to the blurb, “celebrates” those who have improved the lot of women “in all motorcycling areas”.

Such an invitation cannot pass unaccepted. I had these two suggestions but I’m going with the granny because at least she can ride it. The girl looks pretty good but was disqualified for not knowing which end of the bike was which.