Sunday, 5 April 2009
During the last war Miss King-Hall was a military test driver, assessing vehicles commandeered from civilian use.
Asked why she loved the thrill of speed, she reportedly replied: "Why shouldn't I? Don't you like it?
"I have a driving licence. I can drive any vehicle."
She must surely be a relation (perhaps a younger sister?) of the author, dramatist and independent MP Commander Stephen King-Hall, later Lord King-Hall of Headley (1893-1966).
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
…and she only retires once (see "Leith's heroine" below), so let's take a stroll down Memory-obliterated-by-hangover Lane…
Here's a brief but heartfelt tribute to her - slightly premature, as it turned out - from South Leith Kirk, with a really nice photo.
Peter of Naked Blog, her longest- (or longest-equal-?) serving regular, responds to her seventieth birthday last year.
The Evening News had an amusing Dinner with Mary Moriarty in 2002…
…while Liam Rudden did a splendid interview with her in the same year.
And I very much liked this review of the Port in 2003.
Mary - thank you for so much, and every blessing.
Monday, 30 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Lucy Mangan on Jade Goody:
Despite the supposed democratisation of television, the truly uneducated, those marked by true poverty and deprivation, rarely appear in our light entertainment schedules. And suddenly, there was Jade, an unapologetic and unadorned symbol of all sorts of uncomfortable truths… Because they are so rarely seen in public life it is easy to forget that the people in this country for whom Jade was a peer, not an affront, are in the vast majority.
Most of the four million people on the shores of Lake Malawi have no access to healthcare by road.
But they do have the oldest ship in Africa, the Chauncy Maples, built in 1898 to the designs of Henry (son of Isambard Kingdom) Brunel.
Solution: turn her into a floating clinic. Simples! (kissing noise)
Three years ago the writers Jonathan and Julie Myerson banned their teenage son Jake from the family home. Now, controversially, Julie's written a book about it.
Ian Jack sets the scene; Julie gives her account of events; Jake responds; and Jonathan adds his version.
LATE EXTRA: Jake changes his surname.