Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Brazilian in Manhattan: “Manhatã”


Posted in Music

A European in Manhattan

When we think about Hitler’s exiles in New York it’s easy to imagine this huge influx flooding over a stable environment and disrupting it, but the city itself was off-kilter and often menacingly volatile… Still, after their European experiences, most refugees … Continue reading

Posted in History, Literature, Notebook, World War 2

Cream of the crop minus one

My Sunday Times CD reviews [£] today include the Songlines Music Awards compilation, which I really enjoyed even though it left out my favourite disc. Ah well, at least that gives me an excuse to post this video again.

Posted in Music

My head is still spinning

One of the many extraordinary stats from the Washington Post’s guide to the universe in 31 numbers: 1.3 million: The number of Earths that could fit inside the sun if it were hollow. Which somehow makes the next one seem almost manageable: 177: How many years … Continue reading

Posted in Science

Boris Johnson’s chutzpah, pt 239

Perhaps he thinks words can be dressed up to mean anything at all.  Here he is being  interviewed  [£] by Alice Thomson and Rachel Sylvester: Although he went to Eton and Oxford, Mr Johnson is surprisingly classless, adored by taxi drivers as … Continue reading

Posted in Class, UK politics

Capital city

Photo of the day: a fabulous shot of London emerging from the morning fog by Richard Fletcher, business editor of The Times.

Posted in Photography

When Roald Dahl met Kingsley Amis

Not quite a meeting of minds when the writers bump into each other at a party at Tom Stoppard’s house in the country. The handsomely remunerated purveyor of children’s stories had arrived by helicopter, naturally: Dahl was shaking his head … Continue reading

Posted in Literature

When Benedict met Bono

Video footage of the red carpet moment of the year. [H/T Scott Jordan Harris]

Posted in Comedy, Film

Newspaper editors, RIP

In the British Journalism Review, Kim Fletcher writes an obituary for a dying breed: Those who have listened closely to the new language of newspaper management will not greet the demise of the editor with any great shock. The post … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism

Art appreciation for beginners

As Kenneth Clark wouldn’t have said…. The Meta Picture does high culture. Via  James Crabtree]

Posted in Art, Comedy