Monthly Archives: December 2012

Our holiday guest, hungry again

She’s great company, but we’re in danger of running out of mince pies.

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In the charts

Back in the land of the living after a seasonal bug, I find myself on John Rentoul’s list of his favourite 100 Tweeters. 

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The idealist & the yob

Boxing Day op-eds are usually a no-go, but George Monbiot’s account of a conversation in an A&E department could almost be a short story: I racked my brain for another gambit, then inspiration struck. “Do you have any dogs?” The … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Ryan Truesdell

His magical centenary celebration of arranger Gil Evans,  a triumph for the fan-funded ArtistShare label. My Sunday Times albums of the year.

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When Le Corbusier courted Mussolini

Le Monde’s art blogger, Lunettes Rouges, reflects on the architect’s attempt to drum up business in 1930s Italy.  [English translation here.] Addis Ababa seems to have had a lucky escape. (As did Algiers, by the look of it.)

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Alarming fact of the day

Courtesy of the Washington Post: More Americans die every year from gun suicides than gun homicides. In 2009, for example, almost 11,500 Americans were killed by someone else with a gun, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, … Continue reading

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Best of 2012: Maysa

From the glorious compilation “Bossa Nova: La Sainte Trinité,” a trip back in time to the dawn of Brazil’s cool school. My Sunday Times round-up of albums of the year is here.

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Mitt Romney, Time’s Man of the Year

The poor guy wins something at last: In giving Mr. Romney the nod, Time said that he beat out such other candidates for Man of the Year 1912 as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Edward Smith, … Continue reading

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How to talk jazz

The guys at The Onion have obviously been spending too much time hanging out with beret-wearing critics. Blossom Dearie still has the last laugh though.

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The violinist who fell from grace

If I hadn’t been stuck in traffic in the West End while listening to the radio, I would probably have missed this short but compelling R3 profile of Michael Rabin, the American wunderkind brought low by stage phobia and the … Continue reading

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