Monthly Archives: July 2012

Singers on the barricades

It’s safe to say that Nona Hendryx — best remembered from her Labelle days — isn’t a card-carrying member of the Tea Party. Here’s the opening salvo from her new album, out in September.   Ry Cooder is on the … Continue reading

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In a class of his own

Although I’ve dished out an occasional zero-star rating, I’ve never thought of making it a life sentence. Chris Brown, a figure of some notoriety,  shall we say, receives the ultimate bad review:  No Stars Ever.

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Giving up on a sporting dream

If things had worked out, Lorenza Munoz — born in Mexico but raised in the US — might have become an Olympian. Dual loyalties got in the way: By the time I was 12, I landed a spot on a … Continue reading

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All about Dr Who

Although it’s a long time since he came face-to-face with glamorous Mary Tamm, the ever-readable Ethan Iverson still takes the Time Lord very seriously. He even pays regular visits to the Tardis Eruditorum.

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Farewell

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis joins a posse of musicians at the London memorial service for the young American expat Abram Wilson, who died of cancer last month. Sebastian Scotney has video of the procession. (Thanks to Alex Webb for the photo.)

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Pedalling myths

Do we have to call them Boris Bikes? As I don’t want to be part of  the Mayor’s prime ministerial election campaign, I really wish there was a better name. Anyway, I finally had my first outings on London’s rent-a-ride … Continue reading

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Tempus fugit, dude.

Five friends in a photo, getting older and older: “We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what,” said Dickson. “Up until there’s one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone … Continue reading

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In Harry We Trust

Not (yet) a replacement for the Euro… A banknote dealer’s shop window, West End.

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Conservative, homeless, please help

“The problem with Burkean conservatives is there are not enough of us and not enough rich ones…”  From a must-read article in The American Conservative on “Obamacons”, dissident Republicans who couldn’t bring themselves to vote GOP in 2008. Where will … Continue reading

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Pay per view

Bloggers are being paid to tweet about TV programmes. Is that blurring the line between advertising and journalism? Sunny Hundal thinks it’s OK. Helen Lewis says that if you’re going to take the money, a sponsorship hashtag is the wisest … Continue reading

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