It is a touching image, from a bygone age, to think of Philip Larkin composing thousands of letters and cards to his family, always writing with his favourite fountain pen. The habit started when he was a 14-year-old schoolboy, with a postcard from Germany to his sister Kitty, and continued until he was a world-renowned poet, sending mail to his 91-year-old mother in a nursing home. Much of his prolific correspondence has been published before but a new book, Philip Larkin Letters Home 1936-1977, features previously unseen mail to his family. These letters shed new light on the poet who wrote the much-quoted first line “They f*** you up, your Mum and Dad.” There are oddities galore to glean from the 607 letters selected for the book (out of more than 4,000 that he sent), including the admission from the traditionalist that he happily sat in a first-class train seat while the “slack” guards missed the fact that he had only paid for a second-class … [Read more...] about Philip Larkin and the truth about mum and dad
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DONALD Trump has taken to Twitter to lash out at a new book by infamous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, which paints a dysfunctional White House. The explosive book, titled “Fear: Trump in the White House”, openly critiques his presidency and describes the administration as having a “nervous breakdown of executive power”. But who wrote it and what claims have been made? Who is Bob Woodward? Bob Woodward is a long-serving investigative journalist, associate editor and author who is best known for his work on the Watergate scandal. The now-75-year-old is one half of the Washington Post reporting team that helped bring down Richard Nixon's presidency in the early 70s. The collaborative work of Woodward and Bernstein during the scandal was described as "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time" by long-time journalism figure Gene Roberts. Woodward continued to work for The Washington Post after his reporting on Watergate and is now the paper’s … [Read more...] about Who is Bob Woodward, what did his book Fear say about Trump and what claims did he make about Watergate?
Picture: AFP ANNOUNCER: This Week with George Stephanopoulos starts right now. DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I've never respected him.\ I've never had a lot of respect. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: President Trump takes on outspoken critic and former CIA director John Brennan by taking away his security clearance. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn. He's drunk on power. STEPHANOPOULOS: Warns more could be coming. SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden... STEPHANOPOULOS: Sparking a fierce backlash. SEN. MARK WARNER, (D) VIRGINIA: To me this had an eerie memory, an enemy's list. STEPHANOPOULOS: The president is emboldened, unrestrained, punishing adversaries in unprecedented ways. Is it all about the Russia investigation? A move to bury those Omarosa headlines? How will Trump's actions affect America's security? Martha Raddatz takes those questions … [Read more...] about White House National Security Adviser John Bolton and Bishop David Zubik
John McCain, a Vietnam War hero, two-time Republican presidential contender and towering figure in Congress known for his bipartisan deal-making during six terms as an Arizona senator, has died. He was 81. McCain’s office confirmed his death at 7:28 p.m. ET Saturday in a statement. McCain’s life was like something out of a Hollywood movie script — he was a naval officer and a jet pilot, a war hero and politician. Yet he was ultimately denied the brass ring he most clearly wanted: becoming president of the United States. McCain was the Republican Party’s renowned “maverick” for decades-long battles against his own party. That independence was punctuated by his presidential primary battle against George W. Bush in 2000 — the free-wheeling campaign of “Straight Talk Express” fame — and continued into the Trump administration. In 2008, he clinched the GOP nomination only to lose badly to Democrat Barack Obama. With his selection … [Read more...] about John McCain, towering senator and Republican ‘maverick,’ dies
Dan Nowicki Arizona Republic Published 12:29 p.m. UTC Aug 26, 2018 John McCain, who endured more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before becoming the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and serving Arizona for more than 30 years on Capitol Hill, died Saturday at age 81. Destined to be remembered among the political giants of Arizona history, the six-term U.S. senator disclosed in July 2017 that he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. McCain was a two-time presidential candidate, losing the GOP nomination in 2000 to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and the general election in 2008 to then-Sen. Barack Obama. The unsuccessful White House bids were spotlight moments in a long political career that began with his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. After two terms, McCain ascended to the U.S. Senate in 1987, replacing legendary Republican U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, who in 1964 was the only other Arizonan to … [Read more...] about Sen. John McCain, American ‘maverick’ and political giant, dies at 81