New website, new look, new book, New European, new and old battles to fight

OK, I’ve listened. I’ve listened to people like the wonderfully named James Ski, who stood up at a mental health event I was speaking at, and said ‘I’m a big fan, but your website’s shit.’ His considered advice was that it was old-fashioned and hard to use...

My film on the Mail – and why it is good for the soul to rip it up

I know, I know, I am almost sixty years old, a grown man even  ... and yes, if my Mum was still alive, she'd say 'tut, tut, Alastair, why are you bothering to make a film about that silly man from the Daily Mail that most people have never heard of, and none but his...

Ok, maybe I was too moved by the morning mist and so too hasty in judging this morning. So though the judges still love my morning snaps they have agreed to a review and decided this one in Kent from Henry Morgan deserves a share of the 🥇today !!!! ...

Tree of the Day. The picture doesn’t fully capture its yawning ‘must have a lie down’ posture …. but I know how it feels ...

The Europe energy price map I referred to in morning insta ramble. ...

This is the front page story that Jimmy Greaves later said was a key moment in his recovery from his addiction to alcohol. Doubly poignant for any colleagues from the Mirror Group of the man who wrote the story, Frank Thorne, who also sadly died earlier this month. A terrific reporter and a great friend to so many. As for Greavesie, great player and great bloke. Scored more goals against Burnley than any player in history - 21 - and also missed a penalty against Phil Mellor! My son texted me this morning to say he had been watching clips this morning and said ‘I knew he was good but I had no idea he was so good!’ He sure was. RIP Jimmy RIP Frank ...

Train moving too fast and my fingers too slow so I only got a quarter of the tree in the shot out of the window !! You will therefore have to use your imagination to understand why it is Tree of the Day. ...

Tree tree-angle of the day … Haydock Park. Been speaking to head teachers. Fair to say major relief Big Gav gone. And despite the Tory mythology no tears shed for Nick Gibb. But wee Govey still seen as the man who did most of the damage. ...

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