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?
Emily McFarlan Miller and Yonat Shimron Religion News Service Published 7:08 p.m. UTC Jun 16, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border this week by citing a passage from the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” Sessions said. “Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.” Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders summed up the same idea: “It is very biblical to enforce the law.” But is it? Does the Bible really preach to obey the laws of government? If so, was Sessions right to use this passage to defend the government’s actions? What does Romans 13 say? Sessions appears to be referring to the … [Read more...] about Why is Jeff Sessions quoting Romans 13 and why is the bible verse so often invoked?
Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson will live on BBC Radio Bristol this evening during the 'Sound of the City' show. Johnson is in the studio to answer questions from host Geoff Twentyman, and may also be hearing from some Bristol City fans as well. Among the topics expected to be discussed are potential summer departures, his future at the club and what his plans are for the summer transfer window. Bristol City finished the 2017/18 in 11th place after falling off the play-offs and Johnson could have a rebuilding job on his hands with several key players linked with moves away. Johnson has also been linked with vacant manager jobs at West Brom and Swansea City and we can expect the latest from the boss on these plus a whole range of issues. Follow our live updates with quotes from Johnson from 6pm this evening. Or listen to the interview yourself here. 19:03 How many young players could break through next season? I would like to think four or five but I think eight or nine could … [Read more...] about Lee Johnson LIVE: City boss on transfers, his future and Bobby Reid
After eight years of displeasure with the presidency of Barack Obama and faced with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Dennis Schminke of Austin, Minnesota, didn't have to think hard about how he would vote in 2016. A retired corporate manager, a staunch conservative and a county Republican official, he supported the New York businessman. Since then, there has not been a day that Schminke wished that Clinton, rather than Trump, were president. But week by week, month by month, as he has watched the events of Trump's presidency, he has become increasingly conflicted and concerned about what he has seen. The turmoil, he said, has often left him feeling "motion sick." By early spring, he expressed a different sentiment. He had not fully broken, but he was no longer as emotionally invested in the president or a reconstituted Trumpian Republican Party. "I find myself drawing back a bit," he said. Schminke lives in a section of the Upper Midwest that responded … [Read more...] about Loyalty and unease in Trump’s Midwest