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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)


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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