The Times published a short review by me on their online site in today's Friday papers (which was a bit of a shock to my father who had picked up the papers at Heathrow on the way back from Singapore, ha!). The Times have printed pieces by me twice now, maybe if I write a couple more times they might get the hint that I'd die to join the team!
Subscribers can read the article online here at the website, or below is an excerpt:
Julia Macfarlane, a student at St Andrews University, reviews thetimes.co.uk
The main story — a Times exclusive on sex grooming in Blackpool — proved to be a hot topic, garnering more than 50 comments by 9am. Portugal’s impending bailout was the main business story, which was succinctly explained with a nudge of blame at Alistair Darling, noted by (and commented on) by readers. This was accompanied by a useful graphic that laid out the key facts, figures and quotes.
However, the article “Obama’s golf buddy caught in prostitution sting”perhaps did not deserve its prominence on the homepage. The controversy of FCO colonial records proves to be the most controversial and most commented-on topic, and is accompanied by an engaging leading article, “Dust and Denial”. The best-received article was “The hero scouts of Libya”, which was a delight to read. The accompanying photos were outstanding and matched the optimistic tone of the article.
There is a breath of spring air in the Life section, which covers the best exhibitions in Paris, picking not just the flagship Manet exhibition at the d’Orsay but also under-the-radar art niches, such as the tantalising Vodun: African Voodoo exhibition. Once again the royal wedding dominates the view counts, with interpretations of the dream gown generating the most attention and excitement among online readers.