Shame About The Observer

After getting bored with the rest of the Sunday papers, we’ve become Observer readers. I like its physical size and it has consistently good reports from foreign parts by among others Jason Burke. The arts and books coverage is also excellent, with even a sympathetic profile the week before last of my friend Andrew Roberts.

It is quite shocking to learn that the Guardian group are thinking of converting the Observer into a weekly magazine, or worse, selling the paper off. I didn’t know that it is Britain’s oldest Sunday paper, going back to the 1790s. Shame!

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens