Monthly Archives: August 2008

Editor’s blog: Safety concerns add to airlines’ woes

The Spanair crash in Madrid could not have come at a worse time for a business that is really suffering all over the world. What everyone in aviation is now dreading is solid evidence that cost-paring or cutting safety corners played some rolein causing the accident. Spanair was clearly in a bad way, and its long-term survival must now be in doubt.

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Editor’s blog: I Don’t Know How I Do It, Part Four

I have a confession. There was a point at about 4.45pm yesterday afternoon when I was on the verge on having to… make a list of Things To Do. What with the print version of MT going to bed this week (with my deputy in Tanzania on assignment), sorting out getting The Kid from nursery, sorting out The Kid (Original Version) aged 13 who has just returned from holiday, banging out this blog, shopping, washing, finding out why the blokes who have replaced the pavement outside our house seem to have pierced the main water supply… I tell you, one of those spinning plates got close to dropping.

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Editor’s blog: I Don’t Know How I Do It, Part Three

Ok. I left you yesterday with the Kid safely in the hands of the professionals at his nursery. It’s a pretty cool, purpose-built and very right-on establishment. I saw from a wall display that they’d had a recent visit from Gordon Brown. Can’t think why The Kid didn’t mention it – maybe he just wasn’t that impressed. Toddler-filled nurseries are probably one of the few venues the PM can drop in on these days without being greeted by boos and hisses. Unless they all started flinging used nappies.

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Editor’s Blog: I Don’t Know How I Do It, Part Two

I left you on Friday afternoon about to embark with The Kid on a weekend trip to Devon with Divorced Dave. The Kid’s a good traveller: crashes out in planes, trains and normally, automobiles. With his mother’s approval from five thousand miles away, I went for the mildly risky bath/bottle/car option, which he hasn’t tried before.He’d never found himself sitting in a car in his sleepsuit but dozed off when the Sweet Dreams dummy was plugged in. And off we gunned down the M4 with a song in our hearts.

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Editor’s blog: I Don’t Know How I Do It

I was mildly amused to hear this week that the celebrated Daily Mail columnist Allison Pearson is in a spot of bother with her publishers. The author of the smash-hit novel ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’ – a hymn to the modern, multi-tasking professional mother – is being sued by Miramax for the return of the $700,000 advance she has been paid for her next offering. She hasn’t delivered. In her world of complex multi-tasking, clearly she has allowed one of the larger spinning plates to fall.

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Editor’s blog: The price isn’t right

Two distress purchases made within the last 18 hours have left me a) wondering about the fascinating subject of pricing and b) a couple of hundred quid poorer.

Yesterday morning, after the customary English summer torrential downpour, there was water coming up through the shower waste plug-hole. An evil smell was wafting around the kitchen. After some argy-bargy with our builders – who love us so much they are still working on the downstairs extension nearly eight months after they arrived – I called in a specialist. (Builders may be able to chuck bits of rubble down drains, but they can’t clear them – although there’s a certain amount of cheap entertainment to be had watching them try.)

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Editor’s blog: The tyranny of technology

Back from hols and 1,024 emails in the inbox. Bet you can’t beat that. It’s always the same after a period away and it takes me a good couple of hours to shift through what is, if I’m perfectly honest, 95% dross. You may think it’s great being so popular but you’d be wrong. And they’re not all spam offering me four gross of Cialis for $129.99, or a chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to help some West African whose father has sadly passed away and who needs help getting his secret stash out of the country. No – they’re mostly no-hope press releases from desperate PRs.

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