- RT @ModernToss: The internet turns 25 next week. Look at all we've achieved. http://t.co/PVX1fagYZF 6 hours ago
- @JohnRentoul A one-word last sentence: John Updike's anti-hero on his deathbed in Rabbit at Rest. http://t.co/c9y2aySPTP 7 hours ago
- RT @PoromEmilio: Costantine Piaf Aznavour http://t.co/i7dE5fZtFW 7 hours ago
- RT @GarethBarlow: My grandparents: Ken & Gladys are celebrating 65 years of marriage & 72 years together. Can we get them 65 retweets? http… 8 hours ago
- @jenselway Must look that one up. 8 hours ago
- RT @bombaylychee: Villa-Lobos: get to know Brazil's greatest composer theguardian.com/music/tomservi… via @guardian 14 hours ago
- Ready to start. @DjangoalaCreole straight off the Eurostar at the @BristolJazzFest. http://t.co/YnW1rFgq5W 15 hours ago
- @hopisen @PolProfSteve @RobDotHutton V v v uneven film but it has its moments! youtube.com/watch?v=PGOfZz… 16 hours ago
- @PolProfSteve Gosh. Was a fan of that. Robert Powell as a sort of proto-Blair? Does it still cut the mustard? 17 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.