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eaders will be interested to know that Mr Ed Reardon, well known to Radio 4 listeners as a popular and successful broadcaster, has volunteered to write a regular feature in The Oldie.
escribing himself as an ‘author, pipe-smoker, consummate fare-dodger and master of the abusive email’, Berkhamsted-based Reardon has had his fair share of disappointments in recent months and some may see his application to The Oldie as the act of a desperate man. Personally, I do not see it in that light.
nother novelty is the inauguration of the OBAs, our award for aspiring oldie artists. Full details are on page 52.
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making a difference Chris Mullin takes his hat off to Joe Homan face value Barry Fantoni on caricaturist Jimmy Thomson 46
18 a night at the opera Stafford Dean recalls some of opera’s infelicitous moments 25 I ONCE MET… boy george John Brown’s toilet torment 43 still with us Edward Mirzoeff meets Bamber Gascoigne
56 classrooms & gorillas Mark Ellingham takes a trip to Ethiopia and Rwanda free craig brown CD Attention subscribers:
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