Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sunday Times albums

My [paywalled] reviews of the superb Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi, fey poet Kat Edmonson and smooth saxophonist Yolanda Brown. Massi sings “Raoui”.

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Notebook

First Lieutenant Hans Jenisch reported about the loss of U-32 in October 1940: “When our U-Boat sank I head a few shouts of ‘Heil Hitler,’ and some cheering in the distance, but some cried pitifully for help. Horrible! But there … Continue reading

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The last word(s) on the royal baby

An impudent  summary of the media’s maternity marathon.  My favourite: No-one should write about this anymore, apart from me and this, obviously.  Enough said.

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British Summer Time

Swingers,  Love Supreme festival, Glynde. My review is here [£].

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Notebook

Colin badly wanted to be so many things that he wasn’t. For a start, he wanted to be a tough street kid… [I]n keeping with the spirit of the times, he resented the stable, middle-class lifestyle his mother and father … Continue reading

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A winner at Windsor

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Best opening paragraph in the whole of Wikipedia?

This has to be a prime contender. Talk about ripping yarns: Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart  VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was a British Army officer of Belgian and Irish descent. … Continue reading

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