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Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon – 7 July 2013

Say it now. Say it again. Remind yourself that, today, in blistering heat, on slippy worn-out grass, Andy Murray won on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS: Andy Murray won the Championships today.

Throughout the season, journalists have filed endless reports on the exceptional circumstances of this electrifying Championships. They told us that this was shaping up to be the game-changing year. This year’s action in SW19 – so they said – would be remembered for decades.

And how right they were.

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To Lighten Your Mood – 28 April 2013

Every Sunday night, around this time, I quietly sit alone and reflect on the week that is ending. The conversations I’ve had, jokes I’ve been told, things I’ve read, videos I’ve seen, radio I’ve listened to. All that kind of thing.

PREPARATION TIME 50 YEARS: Sophie Hurst, Christopher Pearce (the school's youngest student), and Alexandria Piggott with the school's celebratory cake. (IMG_8673-edit_ARB)This week, for instance, I’m thinking of Syria: praying, in fact, both for the people whose plight is only now being realised, and for the world leaders who’ve got to sort out that desperately difficult and sorry situation.

Of my own personal highlights this week, I’m pleased to have been a part of my school’s fiftieth birthday celebrations on Tuesday, was delighted to manage more runs up Winter Hill than my classmates, and loved going up the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower at the Olympic Park today. (more…)

Margaret Thatcher: 1925–2013 – 17 April 2013

“MAGGIE DEAD”, screamed The Sun.

“REJOICE!”, cried the Socialist Worker.

“Margaret Thatcher: 1925–2013”, led The Times, The Telegraph, and The Independent with rather more dignity.

MAGGIE MONTAGE: The front pages on the morning after Thatcher's death.

News last Monday of the death of the former British Prime Minister started it all: a week in which the public were accused of bad taste, broadcasters were accused of bias, and (in my opinion) the state massively overstepped the mark.

Above it all, one phrase was used over and over again:  that Baroness Thatcher is proving as divisive in death as she was in life.

What a poetic observation. And how witty. It’s all awfully clever.

But there’s something very unpleasant, I feel, about celebrating the death of somebody… anybody. Sure, she may have snatched the milk from a generation. And she may have ‘ripped the heart out of society’. Don’t mention the trade unions.

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