MPs' sudden interest in Big Ben reminds me of the time I taught myself to make gnocchi when I had a 4,000-word feature on the Coen bros due.
A man on the train has just referred to three bags of crisps - ready salted, salt and vinegar, and cheese and onion - as 'Yorkshire tapas'
Roger Ebert called the movies a machine that generates empathy. So while cinema feels trivial right now, in fact it matters more than ever.
EU's MEDIA prog ploughed £130m into UK film over last decade. The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, The Queen & Hunger all depended on it.