Wednesday, September 22, 2021



© Fay Knowles

This is a satirical article I wrote for British Telecom's former "Westward News" when I worked there in 1987!

At that time, those who read the article had a good laugh, never believing that some of the farcical predictions could become close to the truth. However, with everything is happening these days, the article suddenly came to my mind and I dug it out of a file of old articles.

Now, thirty-seven years later, I hope you enjoy reading it!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021



Pitman's Shorthand - 
"I love to write in shorthand!"

When I left school at sixteen years old, I wanted to get a job in a London newspaper and train as a newspaper reporter from the bottom up. However, my mother didn't want me to leave Devon and go to the big city on my own at such a young age! She insisted I enroll at the local technical college and train to be a secretary. Wise mother as she was, she told me the shorthand and typing would come in useful if I ever did become a newspaper reporter.

I followed her sound advice and to my surprise, I found I just loved shorthand and typing. After a year, I qualified as a secretary, having also taken law, commerce and a couple of other courses, as well as Pitman's Shorthand and RSA Typing. 

I worked as a secretary for a year, then the opportunity came up in a news agency that two London Fleet Street journalists had set up. I took the job they offered me as a trainee reporter/Girl Friday and received the best newspaper and writing training ever from these two brilliant men.

Even today, I still write in shorthand most of the time when making notes to myself. It comes in very handy!

Friday, September 3, 2021



The Bahamas General Election due to be held in May 2022 has been called early.

It will now be held on September 16th, 2021. Signs promoting the two main parties, the Progressive Liberal Party and the Free National Movement, sprouted everywhere as soon as the new date of the Election was announced!