Monthly Archives: December 2013


Surprisingly, the biggest shops were not initially sited in the centre, but were rather like today’s out-of-town developments, attracted to the fringes of the metropolis for the same reason: the cheapness of land. Thus Harrods, which had first been transformed … Continue reading

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Willows in Winter

High water mark near Cookham Bridge.

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Is that person a real person?

A fascinating item about a voice at the other end of the line. Pure Ray Bradbury. Be sure to read the update too. [Via John Naughton]

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“There may be casualties, of course, but personally I don’t see it as a soldier’s war at all. Where are we going to fight? No one in his senses would try to break either the Maginot or Siegfried Lines. As … Continue reading

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Discovered: rare photo of Twitter in real time

Via ClassicPics

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Lenny at large

Writing about the Leonard Bernstein letters for the NYRB (he’s lukewarm) Robert Gottlieb takes time out to watch a vintage DVD of the maestro on the podium: Look at him up there, facing a cadre of highly disciplined, impeccably groomed Englishmen. … Continue reading

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Sweetness & light

Carla Bruni with a track from another of my favourite albums of the year, “Little French Songs”. Some critics hated it. I thought it was stylish with just a hint of  Georges Brassens. Charles Trenet is the inspiration on this … Continue reading

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It’s forty years since my father died. I’ve often thought about him since, of course. As he was when I was a child, as he was when I grew apart from him in my adolescence, as he was when we … Continue reading

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Cuba’s other voices

  Recorded way down in the West Country… Number 8 on my list of  world music albums of the year.

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Artificial intelligence

So now we’re reached the point, apparently, where most of the traffic on the Internet is non-human. Bots rule.

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