“Let’s talk about adverbs,” he said, swiftly
 
By Ross Welford
21 Apr 2016
 

“Let’s talk about adverbs,” he said, swiftly


A couple of posts ago, I mentioned Stephen King’s splendid book On Writing, and referenced his personal ban – which I think he’d like extended – on adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend” he said, adding, “the road to hell is paved with adverbs and I will shout it from the rooftops.”  Loudly, no doubt. […]

Victoria Wood: my unfunny encounter
 
By Ross Welford
21 Apr 2016
 

Victoria Wood: my unfunny encounter


“She won’t be funny, you know,” said our executive producer. I had booked Victoria Wood, who died yesterday, as a guest on a chat show I was producing for ITV, starring Jimmy Tarbuck (about which I have written before). She was a late booking, the first guest on the first show in 1996.  Two days […]

A gem on every page
 
By Ross Welford
4 Apr 2016
 

A gem on every page


Fifteen years ago I was holiday with my then-girlfriend (now wife) in Zahara de los Atunes in southern Spain.  Three things are especially memorable.  Mrs W told me she was pregnant; Islamist psychos flew aeroplanes into the Twin Towers in New York (the horror of which we watched unfold on a television in a village bar); […]

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