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23rd
Sep
Lama drama
Posted by Adam Macqueen | Comments »

My book appears to be being accused of being “dangerously respectable” in this profile of Ian Hislop, the “Dalai Lama of satire”, in the Guardian.. Which is quite a claim, for a volume that manages to spread the C-word all over pages 68 and 69…


19th
Sep
Move over, Andrew…
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 2 comments »

Sir,

I notice from the “Book of the Week” section in Saturday’s Times that Edwina Currie has been showering the author of Private Eye: The First 50 Years with roses in an extremely affectionate way. I wonder if you have any pictures in your archives which illustrate something similar?
yours sincerely
Ena B. Major

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(It’s actually from a photoshoot for an interview I did with her for The Big Issue about ten years ago, which I’m sure she’s long since forgotten. I wasn’t very nice about her in the article. Needless to say I’ve changed my mind completely now…)


19th
Sep
Please an ex-Sun editor and lose a Metro
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 1 comment »

Just when everything was going so well… Kelvin Mackenzie has described the Eye staff as “the ultimate journalists.”


19th
Sep
What I have mostly been looking at this weekend
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 1 comment »

A very good piece about the 50th anniversary by Matthew Engel in Saturday’s FT.

A piece with a very nice picture of the current staff in the Sunday Times (behind a paywall).

And a stonking review of the book by Edwina Currie in the Times.

Oh, and a long-lens shot of the author’s crotch – in church – in the Independent. I’ll be talking to Richard Ingrams again this coming Saturday at the Soho Literary Festival if you fancy coming along to see us – and it – in person.


15th
Sep
An Independent view (by, er, me)
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 2 comments »

I will be issuing a full apology and taking a leave of absence for my article in this morning’s Independent in due course.

For a properly independent take on the Eye, check out Ian Burrell’s accompanying piece.


13th
Sep
Dirty sell out
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 7 comments »

Crikey. It’s not even published for another week!
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I blame Roy Hattersley.*

In the meantime, you can still pre-order copies (for a penny cheaper!) from Waterstones.

* For those of you allergic to paywalls: the best bit of his article in this morning’s Times reads “Private Eye: the First 50 Years, an A-Z — so glossy that it dazzles the eye and packed with coloured pictures, unlike the magazine — is different from the publications that are satirised as littering the ‘lounges’ of suburbia. The beautifully written commentary, which holds the book together, contains less than complimentary stories about the men and women who made the magazine it celebrates. And the text dares to offend against even the most sacred of taboos. One entry in its alphabetical list of published features is headed: ‘Diana — Princess, death of and subsequent lunacy’.”


12th
Sep
Cut and paste
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 3 comments »

Someone read the Guardian article this morning and tweeted “I can remember the first issue, which looked as though it had been run up in someone’s back room.”

There’s a very good reason for it looking like that, you know:

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(and yes, that is an almost obscenely young Christopher Booker on the left!)


12th
Sep
Who guards the Grauniads?
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 5 comments »

Nice piece about the anniversary in today’s Guardian

And here’s an article about the Eye‘s covers from the Indy two weekends ago to keep you going till the book comes out in seven days time…


6th
Sep
What’s the collective noun for joke-writers?
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 11 comments »

A gaggle? Anyway, two of them, Nev Fountain and Tom Jamieson, will be appearing at the Chiswick Book Festival at 3.45pm on 18th September, alongside two other Eye contributors, Marcus Berkmann and Louis Barfe. Tom and Nev have been with the mag since 1999, the first new joke-writing duo to join since Nick Newman and some bloke called Hislop at the beginning of the previous decade…

By the way, I am reliably informed that the collective noun for cartoonists is “a whinge”…


18th
Aug
Talking books
Posted by Adam Macqueen | 1 comment »


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