Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall

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Jonathan Gornall is a freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK.

While at The Times he wrote the humorous weekly column Microwave Man, which recounted the adventures of a newly single forty-something male. A novel based on the column was published by Penguin.

Subsequently happily married and now living in East Anglia with his wife and young daughter, these days he specialises in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail. He also covers a wide range of topics for The National, the UAE-based leading English language daily newspaper in the Arabian Gulf, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. During that time he lived in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and travelled to many countries in the region, including Iraq, Oman and Qatar.

In 2014 Jonathan was named freelance journalist of the year (professional media) by the Medical Journalists’ Association. The award was made for a series of articles for the British Medical Journal in which he investigated the power of the alcohol industry and its influence on public health policy throughout Europe.

Jonathan Gornall @jonathangornall

Seriously, this is all getting beyond a joke.

As a person of German/Jewish descent whose grandmother perished in the Holocaust, this statistic brings me close to tears and utter despair https://twitter.com/AuschwitzMuseum/status/1306125349990871041

A forgotten queen and pioneering feminist, a forgotten moment of brief liberation for which the women of Afghanistan are still fighting ... Queen Soraya of Afghanistan: A woman ahead of her time https://www.arabnews.com/node/1732666#.X2IAQ_7ftvI.twitter

Have to say I never thought I'd say this but (swallows hard) I agree with @Nigel_Farage on this. Gulp.

Hard to believe that with huge government debt and a new zoom meeting culture the HS2 railway project begins today at a cost of £100billion, madness.

How to really annoy your customers @nsandihelp ...

Can @nsandihelp explain why it is necessary to hold customers in a virtual queue (on the Queue-it system, to boot, which is extremely clunky)? This is the first time I have encountered this in X years of being a customer. It is hugely annoying. Overloaded system? BUY NEW SERVERS!

No comment required .. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/17/threat-to-kill-wild-boar-that-stole-nude-bathers-laptop-prompts-outcry-berlin?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

What, policy made up on the hoof? By Bozo the clown and his troupe of pratfallers? Surely not ...

And yet, none of them is succeeding in their secondary roles, as they all still look bad.

Smart move by @WorCollegeOx ... BBC News - A-levels: Worcester College 'will honour offers' despite results
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-53780498

Going abroad at this time was always a risky proposition. Too bad. BBC News - Coronavirus: 'We're packing frantically' after France quarantine rule change
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53777482

Possibly the most important development in the Middle East since the Ottoman empire was carved up by the western allies after the First World War. All eyes now on Saudi Arabia's reaction - and on Israel to see what its word is worth to the Palestinians

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/13/israel-and-uae-to-form-diplomatic-ties-says-donald-trump?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

It seems incredible that the authorities in #lebanon would react to protests against their deadly incompetence in this way. Read the room!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/beirut-explosion-lebanon-security-forces-fire-tear-gas-at-protesters-as-anger-mounts-over-blast?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

What? So plagiarism is suddenly no longer a thing? John Boyne accidentally includes Zelda video game monsters in novel

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/03/john-boyne-accidentally-includes-zelda-video-game-monsters-in-novel?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

As populations fall, countries will compete to attract the currently despised migrant ...

Boris Johnson: No more unelected peers (especially your brother!): Scrap and replace the House of Lords now! - Sign the Petition! http://chng.it/xZ7frNPG via @UKChange

Behind all the successes, such as SpaceX, @elonmusk is a strange man, whose plan to colonise Mars spells disaster for the earth. ... BBC News - Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53627888

Never mind that, @Nigel_Farage, how about commenting on this? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/brexit-fuels-brain-drain-as-skilled-britons-head-to-the-eu ...

You really are an evil bastard, @Nigel_Farage