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Journalistic Ethics Part II: The box-cutters that weren't

Posted by David Benson on November 2, 2009 at 7:58 PM Comments comments (13)

Further to my email tussle earlier this year with Deborah Orr, then of The Independent, on the subject of the G20 police attacks (which somehow ended up, to my mingled dismay and delight in Private Eye's Street of Shame) I find myself in a less-candid but equally revealing exchange with a journalist f...

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Edinburgh warm ups

Posted by David Benson on July 26, 2009 at 10:43 AM Comments comments (1)

London


I have just finished the latest draft of my new show about Samuel Johnson, the Edinburgh version of the show. The first three shows have been improvised around a loose structure and each has drawn on different aspects of Johnson’s life and work depending on how the audiences have responded and according to the dictates of my whim. The first two shows, at the Johnson House Museum in Gough Square were aimed at an audience one assumed knew something about Jo...

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The G20 Protests: an email exchange with Deborah Orr of The Independent

Posted by David Benson on April 11, 2009 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (7)



One of the most distressing aspects of the police brutality at the G20 protests on April 1st was the way the mass media portrayed the event.

In case you did not see it, here is footage which shows very clearly how peaceful protesters, as well as passers-by, office workers and tourists who happened to be caught in the 'kettle' created ...

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How I Learned to Love Michael Sheen

Posted by David Benson on March 20, 2009 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (24)

I have long been of the opinion that the best way to neutralise your enemies is to make friends with them. World Peace would break out tomorrow if only everyone followed my advice but, since this is the first time I have given it, they might be forgiven for carrying on with their battles for now.

I know how difficult it is though, because I am as guilty as anyone of harbouring resentments and bearing grudges, usually against foes I have never even met and whose main crime is to be mo...

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Interview with Quentin Crisp April 1996

Posted by David Benson on February 2, 2009 at 6:51 AM Comments comments (6)

QUENTIN CRISP ARTICLE FOR GAY SCOTLAND
BY DAVID BENSON, 1996




If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself on the island of Manhattan and, having climbed the World Trade Center, and descended the subway, you are still hungry for an unforgettable experience, take the New York phonebook, turn to 'C' for Crisp, Quentin, and give him a ring. If he i...

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A Night With Dame Edna

Posted by David Benson on January 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM Comments comments (6)

First published on myspace 10th April 2007



My Life With Dame Edna
There's something I really need to talk to you about: I have a Barry Humphries complex. It is all tied up with my own life-long urge to entertain on stage and it manifests itself in the form of vivid dreams. I usually suffer these dreams when I am planning some new show of my own or am otherw...

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How We Got The Last Pictures from Inside Kenneth William's Flat

Posted by David Benson on January 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (7)

Blog first published on myspace 3rd May 2007


How we got the last photos from inside Kenneth William's flat


Marlborough House, Osnaburgh Street in April 1988 after Kenneth's death

Did you know they are about to knock down Kenneth Williams' last flat? The one on Osnaburgh Street that he moved into on 3rd August 1972 and died in some ...

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