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Cheque book journalism shoud be banned

Jubilant Gail and Tommy Sheridan The fight to get that great scoop has led to a sleazy, grubby form of journalism; in fact, it’s not journalism, just titillation, writing about coke-fuelled celebs smashed out of their head taking part in orgies, for example. Why don’t the tabloids realise that if they refused to pay for these “dishing the dirt” stories, the chances are...
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A great discovery

Neville Hobson is to social media what Iain is to Tory bloggers – an icon, of a kind. He is always one step ahead of the game, what he doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. So you can image how flabbergasted I was when I was idly flicking through Technorati and discovered he had been writing about me, recommending me as an excellent woman blogger. I feel terrible for not promoting...
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Suzy’s appeal on animals and hols

We are a renowned nation of animal lovers, hence a timely appeal that has been made by Suzy Gale to report back any cases of animal cruelty and neglect that you come across during your hols. Suzy set up a new organisation called Animals Worldwide, a non political group, along with a number of major UK animal welfare charities, including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and The Dogs Trust, to tackle...
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If I had time today, I would…

Bee catching in the 11th century If I had time today, I would spend hours delving into Domesday online, discovering curious facts about life in 11th century England, when William the Conquerer reigned and commissioned this masterpiece. The Norfolk rag the EDP has already taken a peek and discovered a few treasures: “It is an insight into a time when Yarmouth paid 12 pence in land tax to...
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My moan of the day

I am a snap happy journo and recently bought a fab new camera to take even better shots. It has not disappointed me. My moan is about a new memory card I ordered yesterday so I can take dozens of pics. I ordered it from Amazon and delivery was promised within 1-2 days. I need it by next Thursday as I am off on a 2 week trip the day after. Later in the day, I had an email from their distributor...
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Liz appointed new Tory Women’s Officer

Hoping to add zest and appeal to the Tory campaign to make the Party more appealing for women is Liz St Clair, the newly appointed Conservative Women’s Officer. A little bird told me earlier this week that Liz had the job, but she asked me to hold back on writing about it until it had been finalised. She confirmed it this morning, though it seems Central Office has not yet issued their...
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Good luck Iain

Iain and other Eastern region Conservative candidates with Tim Yeo Many congratulations to Iain who kept his head and his dignity after not being placed on the A-list first time round, but has now rightfully been included. Modest in the extreme, he mentions it in passing at the end of this post. I worked with Iain during last year’s election campaign, though he needed no press advice from...
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The West End beckons

I’m heading for the smoke soon with my son James to see Billy Elliot again. This is a real indulgence as it is second time, but he finds it irristible. He is a budding thespian aspiring to tread the boards, so I could not refuse. He has recently joined Whizz Kids drama group in Cambridge and is waiting to have his professional photos taken and be assigned an agent. It is highly regarded...
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Will the luck of the Irish rub off on Minister Miliband?

Minister Miliband won’t find plastic bags spoiling his lovely views of Ireland Minister Miliband is doing some homework while he holidays in Ireland (why did he fly and not go by ferry, asked one sharp blogger?) He plans to report back on their unique plastic bag tax, something Defra has refused to consider in the past, afraid of being accused of implementing a stealth tax, unable to see...
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Government blamed for shortage of British sperm donors

Louise Brown with two bundles of joy at the 25th anniversary of test tube babies There can be nothing more heartbreaking for couples who desperately want a child, but are unable to conceive. In fact, this was a real fear for me when I married as my husband was diagnosed with a fertility problem. Fortunately, good luck was on our side and we now have two great lads. But imagine if that had not...
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Gallows farmer forms new political party

Latest “noose” from gallows farmer forming political party Gallows farmer David Lucas plans to form his own political party, spurred on by the public support he has received in his macabre stand for law and order. It will simply be called The People Party, though I expect the tabloids will dub it something totally different, and the name certainly does not reflect his extreme support...
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Tune in to Jonathan’s bright new look

I like the new clean cut look of the Tory Radio blog which has been launched today – and I’m sure that its cutting edge, news breaking style will remain as incisive as ever. It’s always great to put a face behind the voice, especially one as pleasing as Jonathan Sheppard’s! I can see he has very deep blue eyes too. I’m not sure if the testimonials provided by Iain...
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All good things come to an end

James, right, and friend Joe, netted more than 100 crabs each night A stunning sunset at Burnham Overy Staithe Once again I was totally entranced by North Norfolk’s natural, unspoilt beauty, its gentle sloping freshly harvested golden fields framed by miles of lush hedgerow; the narrow lanes lined with rustic flint cottages adorned with fragrant roses and sturdy hollyhocks; the endless joy...
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Time to head off for some R & R

Greetings from North Norfolk I’m packing my bags and heading off to North Norfolk for a long week of R & R. Burnham Market, dubbed Chelsea-on-Sea, will be positively heaving tonight for its jazz festival with international stars Ian Shaw and Claire Martin. I’m thrilled to be seeing Ian again, I saw him perform in Cambridge a year ago and he is fabulous, I have one of his cds, so...
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It may seem trivial, but ….

What’s the most you’ve ever been charged for A4 photocopying? Does £11.45 seem pretty steep to you? And I know local councillors are busy bees, often juggling different roles, but how many laptops do they need to exercise their civic duties efficiently? Up to three, it seems in Norfolk, and all at the taxpayers’ expense. I didn’t realise that elected members who serve on...
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