Mark Cantrell, Author

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Blog: My Fridge Really Doesn't Need Internet, You Know

Posted by Mark Cantrell on May 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Snake oil is as much a lubricant for tech sales as any other branch of business

THE next big thing in tech is the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), which largely seems to consist of connecting up...

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BOOKS: It's Never Too Hot To Read

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 15, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

You don't need golden chocolate balls for this kind of embassy

The Publishers Association wants to recruit 10,000 Reading Ambassadors to promote the joy of literature, so Mark Cantrell shares a few thoughts on this doubl...

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COMMENT: Charlie Hebdo Lives

Posted by Mark Cantrell on January 9, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The forces of silence must not prevail

The men with guns can't take away our press freedoms, only harden our resolve, but if we're not careful they might distract our attention away from the real culprits thre...

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BLOG: Sounding Off

Posted by Mark Cantrell on October 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Say my piece and eat it

By Mark Cantrell


Sorry to disappoint, but social comment and political polemic is part of the brand (excuse me while I spit out the bad taste that word leaves in my mouth), so if you're looking to just tune out to ...

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BLOG: English PEN Defends Thatcher 'Assassin' Mantel

Posted by Mark Cantrell on September 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's one for the Mantel piece

A plot to assassinate a world leader has landed a British author in a spot of bother, prompting the organisation English PEN to speak up on her behalf.


For those who don't know,

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COMMENT: From Mother To Mausoleum

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 12, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Has Parliament interred the body politic in a tomb of grandiose vanity?

After a recent work trip to the House of Lords (his very first), Mark Cantrell was left wondering if the Mother of Parliaments isn't more like a museum or a mausoleum dedicated...

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COMMENT: Stasi In Their Eyes

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Smile, Iain Duncan Smith is watching you

You might not be signing on today; you might be getting ready to go to work, but the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions has got his eye on you all the same, writes Mark Cantrell

 In the tail end ye...

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BLOG: Nero Scribbling

Posted by Mark Cantrell on February 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Notes on the walls of ruin

THERE are times, I must admit, when I feel like some kind of cut-price prole Nero, twiddling a pen while Rome burns. By that, I mean here I am, worrying about writing more books and developing my literary offering while t...

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ESSAY: Destitution By Design Is Surely A Crime

Posted by Mark Cantrell on November 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

It's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for

We've all got a stake in social security, so when it comes to the privations of welfare reform, maybe it's time we got work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to take the point to hear...

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BLOG: Is Your Boss A Cultist Or A Commissar?

Posted by Mark Cantrell on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

When did getting a job become more like

joining a cult?

By Mark Cantrell 

IN 21st Century Britain, employers wouldn't dream of trawling cyberspace for any symptoms of 'disloyalty' to the 'brand', or any other signs of dissenting opinion; this is, after all, a democratic country with a strong civic tradition that has long tolerated differences o...

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FEATURE: Housing Crisis Is A Work Of Art

Posted by Mark Cantrell on December 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Always look on the bright side of life

From the September 2012 edition of Housing magazine: Despite the grim economic tidings and the ongoing horror story that is the housing crisis, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful – no, really. Mark Cantrell reports

Britain’s housing crisis is a thing of macabre beauty, it must be said. The sheer misery of its dysfunction is an artful depiction of a dystopian socia...

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COVER: What A Mess, Minister

Posted by Mark Cantrell on July 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The house that ministers made

My cover story for the October 2011 edition of Northern, Midlands and Southern Housing magazine pondered the almighty mess that politicians have made of the UK's housing provision these last thirty years...

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