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When I was young, and we had our first TV, I remember hiding behind the settee (I'm a Midlands lad, "sofas" were for pooftahs) when The Daleks appeared on Doctor Who. I remember my Aunt laughing as she came down from the "box room" where she was staying for a couple of days and banging the door into my feet which protruded. Now, rather older and, one hopes, rather wiser, I'm looking at my TV room and wondering if there's space behind the sofa (see, I'm reconstructed) for me to hide while the results of the US presidential election are announced.

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If you are British, you will know that there are a number of reasons why the BBC earns its licence fee. Mostly, it's not the junk TV like Eastenders, nor is the dreadful BBC website which is journalistically bankrupt and often barely literate. And it's not the platform for stridency that is Woman's Hour. No, it's things like its excellent drama on TV and Radio and Radio 4's "Letter to America," now sadly dead along with its creator, and Desert Island Discs. Sadly, the Roy Plomley years have gone and good as his replacements have been, it's not the same without those warm, avuncular tones....

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I know: for the past x decades, anyone who says "I don't like Mondays" is accused of plagiarism but it's not true. I'm a lot older than that song and I've never liked Mondays. I can't get the hang of Wednesday afternoons, either, although that's for an entirely different reason.

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My father, Roy, died on 11 June 2016 after a sudden decline in his general condition.

There is an in memoriam notice and book of condolence at www.goodbyeoldfriend.com.

This is my tribute to him.

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David Cameron, speaking in Japan where he is attending the G7 Summit, has said that the young, in Britain, should register to vote. He says it may be the most important vote of their lives and it is for them to decide what kind of country they want to live in. He's exactly right.

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I woke this morning expecting to pack for a trip, do a few bits and pieces at work, put the data I need for travel onto a portable drive and clean the house so I don't come back to a dump, all after enjoying the first cup of tar-like coffee that starts my day.

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After a few days in the UK, I'm back in Kuala Lumpur. It's been an interesting trip.

First, there was the immense contrast between service levels of different airlines.

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This is something I wrote as the US Presidential campaign in 2012 was winding up. It says a lot about how we, as people, make decisions.

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A report in The Guardian says that the leader of the "eBible Fellowship" has announced that the world will end on 7th October.

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There is no doubt that strong action is needed against Da'esh / ISIS / ISIL. But have we lost sight of the fact that the brutality of Syrian President Assad against Syrians was the catalyst for the current conflict and foreign intervention?

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