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Stephen Nolan, a man who has confessed he knows nothing about music, is now on BBC Radio 5, clearing the scheduled programme to wax lyrical about The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, and ask inane questions to music critics like,’What was so special about Prince?’ or to journalists in the US (who have spent all day outside the deceased artist’s house) such as, ‘What do we know so far about Prince’s death?’  I would imagine the answer might be something like, ‘Well so far, Stephen, we know that he died!’  But no! Instead we get endless inanity that is beyond satire. Like, ‘Don’t worry Stephen!  We’re working hard to get you an update via our x-ray drone that can see through walls and do a remote autopsy!’ OK – so that last part was made up. But you get my drift.

I can’t bear this nonsense anymore. I’m switching off the radio.


I haven’t gone away you know

Posted: February 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

So I have returned to my blog after a long absence of nearly three years during which time I’ve moved lock, stock and barrel to live in Derry city, gotten married and written two books! So it was absence by default rather than a deliberate decision to stop.

The old blog looks the same on the outside but I notice that things have changed under the bonnet (hood) and someone’s been messing about with the tools! Indeed I had to re-orient myself in order to post details of two new publications that readers might find of interest: The British Media and Bloody Sunday, which I published last year with co-author Stephen Baker (with foreword by journalist and activist Eamonn McCann); and the second edition of a book I first published in 2002, The War Correspondent. You may see more details of the books here at Amazon Author Central and hopefully give at least one of them a try!

In the meantime, now comes the job of rebuilding interest in this blog…




book coverThe War Correspondent-1


bloody sunday cover

On Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972, British paratroopers killed thirteen innocent men in Derry. It was one of the most controversial events in the history of the Northern Ireland conflict and also one of the most mediated. The horror was recorded in newspapers and photographs, on TV news and current affairs, and in film and TV drama. In a cross media analysis that spans a period of almost forty years up to the publication of the Saville Report in 2010, The British Media and Bloody Sunday identifies two countervailing impulses in media coverage of Bloody Sunday and its legacy: an urge in the press to rescue the image and reputation of the British Army versus a troubled conscience in TV current affairs and drama about what was done in Britain’s name. In so doing, it suggests a much more complex set of representations than a straight- forward propaganda analysis might allow for, one that says less about the conflict in Ireland than it does about Britain, with its loss of empire and its crisis of national identity.

Interested readers can find out more at Amazon Author Central.