- RT @robindenselow: My favourite Mandela memory. He danced to Bayete in the royal box at Albert Hall. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh not su… 1 hour ago
- RT @JohnLW: South African jazz in SE15, wegottickets.com/event/246471 @AdamGHarmonica at co-op pub Ivy House in Nunhead @Save_Ivy_House http://t.c… 1 hour ago
- RT @Sathnam: Extraordinary #Mandela tributes from Fleet St. Would it be awkward to point out it employs so few black journalists? http://t.… 1 hour ago
- Front page of @thetimes. http://t.co/JWrDX3o9UN 1 hour ago
- RT @BenMcCool: Sweet. Mac now supports windows: http://t.co/4YNYLh89R6 16 hours ago
- RT @Shaimaakhalil: Gunfire mixed with sunset call to prayer. This has been the sound of #Sanaa today.... #yemen #yemenexplosion http://t.co… 16 hours ago
- RT @lib_thinks: @ShentonStage @TheStage UNBELIEVABLE, disgraceful, 22 yrs on - and from a Desmond newspaper!! All read and shake heads ...… 16 hours ago
- RT @ABroadBrush: Enterprise pizza cutter #StarTrek Every universe should have one. http://t.co/ZJo7MNoY6b 20 hours ago
- RT @mickmcavoy: Hope that a bad storm in Scotland won't mean the really important news of how Nigella treats her PAs will be knocked off th… 20 hours ago
Monthly Archives: May 2012
My review of the biography of Nica Rothschild — the music-loving heiress who inspired many a jazz man — is in today’s Independent.
“It’s a measure of the quality of the wordplay that you can be out of touch with the pop charts and still have enormous fun…” My Times review of Adam Kay’s Smutty Songs show is here (paywall). Trying to find a YouTube … Continue reading
Clive Crooks weighs his prospects. I really do hope he’s wrong: Obama’s big problem, I think, is that he is no longer the president he said he would be. Above all, he’s stopped trying to be that president. The astonishing … Continue reading
Sign at a garden centre in my vicinity.
It’s too much to expect the people who run big Wall Street firms to speak plain English, since so much of their livelihood depends on people believing that what they do cannot be translated into plain English. What John Mack’s … Continue reading
Caetano’s classic song. The day they celebrated the end of slavery in Brazil.
Violence is now ingrained in dancehall music, as it is in gangsta rap, which borrowed much from Jamaican deejay styles of delivery, dubbing and “toasting”. (Dr Dre’s revered 1992 album, The Chronic, teems with Jamaican influences, even Jamaican voices.) … Jamaican … Continue reading
My (paywall) reviews today: Kate Dimbleby sings Dory Previn, Bulgaria’s Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs cook up Balkan vamps with a splash of reggae.