Alastair Burnett

The Economist’s obituary of its former editor Alastair Burnett is lovely, thoroughly lovely, particularly as it discusses how he made the magazine more punchy and chatty…. A few considered it vulgar, and thought it reflected a lack of seriousness on the part of the editor. They were reinforced in this view by Alastair’s jocular banter, … More Alastair Burnett

When the cock is silent then the beans can be counted

Network Africa was always an odd sort of programme. It tried to be all things to all people. Somehow it was a news show plus magazine programme, combining studio guests discussing their latest movie, for example, with breaking news, prefaced with a proverb and disrupted in the middle by a piece of music, the whole … More When the cock is silent then the beans can be counted

I hope I got the tone of this right. Anyway, point is that I’ve been a big fan of the BBC World Service for a long time. But the nostalgia fest of the past few days as it moved from Bush House to a new home really grated. Do the millions of listeners around the … More