Author Archives: clivedav184z

About clivedav184z

Journalist and reviewer for The Times & Sunday Times.

Rumble

That night, exactly forty years ago, I was too nervous – too frightened, really – to appreciate how well Muhammad Ali fought against George Foreman. Like lots of other Ali fans, I’d had a grim feeling that he was going … Continue reading

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Genre

From a  series on “romance novelists in Northern Nigeria” at the Lagos Photo Festival.

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Lost peace

Hazrat Ali mosque, Mazar-i-Sharif,  November 2001. The photograph, by James Hill, accompanies Rory Stewart’s NYRB article on a new book detailing the failure of nation-building in Afghanistan.

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Notebook

Early on, Bose had seen the potential of propaganda directed at British troops fighting with the British – particularly those who were now prisoners of war. With the propaganda literature being churned out by Trott’s department he hoped to bring … Continue reading

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Alight

Spirit ceremony in the mountains of Sorte, west of Caracas. Photo: Federico Parra/AFP.

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Facing Ebola in Liberia

“I tell them, “Don’t be afraid.’” An ambulance nurse goes about his daily work in Monrovia. An extraordinary, humbling video dispatch from The New York Times.

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Them and us.

From the latest Private Eye.

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Amazon – friend or foe?

Franklin Foer lays out the case for the prosecution in the New Republic: In confronting what to do about Amazon, first we have to realize our own complicity. We’ve all been seduced by the deep discounts, the monthly automatic diaper … Continue reading

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Links

How long did it take for Americans to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbour? Terry Teachout reflects on a slower news cycle. Can you trust Emma Thompson to tell the truth about John Ruskin? “Effie Gray” is not quite what … Continue reading

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Listening to Johnny Cash, past & present

Fifty years on, one of his landmark albums gets a make-over.

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