Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jon Pertwee: from secret agent to Dr Who

This piece of mine appears in the Daily Express.

HE  was, for many fans, the greatest Doctor Who of them all. The actor Jon Pertwee, who played the intrepid Time Lord from 1970 to 1974, is fondly remembered for the flamboyance and enthusiasm he gave to the role as well as for his sartorial elegance.

Yet what was not known until now is that Pertwee, famous for  fighting against the Daleks on TV, was a secret agent during the Second World War. 

You can read the whole of the article here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Running out of Sweeties

This piece of mine appears in the new edition of The Spectator.

To say someone was ‘sweet’ used to be quite common in Britain. We didn’t just use the word to describe our mothers and grandmothers, but a wide range of people, including public figures. But not any more. Public acts of sweetness, such as gently warning people that their shoelaces were untied, are now rare. Sweetness seems to be in terminal decline. Having just celebrated Valentine’s Day, now seems an appropriate time to ask why.

You can read the whole piece here.