Author Archives: clivedav184z

About clivedav184z

Journalist and reviewer for The Times & Sunday Times.

Distractions

You would expect Clay Shirky,  prophet of new technology and professor of media studies at NYU,  to be relaxed about the idea of students using laptops and other gadgetry in the classroom. He used to be. But he’s had a … Continue reading

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Frank & Dino

On the set of the Judy Garland Show, 1962. From the West End exhibition of Bob Willoughby’s photos. (His classic shot of Big Jay McNeely, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, is also in the mix.)

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Inside the bubble

“Those people who get parachuted in, they’ve never had a life!” Good, angry piece by the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr on how party politics is in danger of becoming a game for a select few. And journalism, as we all know, … Continue reading

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The city that never was

An exhibition in Berlin exploring Albert Speer’s grandiose plans for Germania, the rebuilt capital of the Third Reich. [Via SlowBerlin]

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Being Stephen Fry

Everything he touched, etc, etc… Lynn Barber reviews [£] his latest volume of memoirs: Thanks to the success of his musical, Me and My Girl (1984), he was rich from his mid-twenties and able to buy a large house in … Continue reading

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Beautiful game

“They played 10 overs each of a Twenty20 game before clouds stopped play.” Setting a cricket altitude record on Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo by @petermartell via @afpphoto.  

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Thinking the worst

The scandal that changed journalism: a fascinating Matt Bai article on how Gary Hart’s demise (which now seems ancient history) marked a watershed in political reporting. From that point onwards everything in a candidate’s life became fair game. We’ve been … Continue reading

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Mussolini’s suburb

The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome, also known as “The Square Colosseum”. I took this photo on holiday this summer while exploring the district, south of the city centre, known as EUR (Esposizione Universale Roma). Strange, very strange. I don’t imagine … Continue reading

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Notebook

Considering these precursors, a debate has arisen about which country spawned the earliest fascist movement. France is a frequent candidate. Russia has been proposed. Hardly anyone puts Germany first. It may be that the earliest phenomenon that can be functionally … Continue reading

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Links

“And as I laughed I thought: ‘Dead right!’” Diana Athill, 96, on how we think about our own mortality. Subsidized by the State, French newspapers are losing money faster than you can say “Existentialism”. Nicotine and sweat and songs from the … Continue reading

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