Monthly Archives: February 2016


I think I’ve just found an early contender for the albums of the year list. Those close harmonies are so gorgeous, so relaxed. Applewood Road’s UK tour dates can be found here.

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Lees had left school at fourteen and was one of a small group of former miners supported by the Miners’ Welfare Fund. Baldish and spectacled, he was a member of the Independent Labour Party. Burgess later admitted that Lees “taught … Continue reading

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A bend in the river

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Revisiting the past: Deutschland 83

Even if the first few episodes have been a little breathless, the Cold War TV drama  from Germany has still made compelling viewing. Ned Richardson-Little — better known on Twitter as @historyned — applauds a series that breaks new ground: … Continue reading

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Well, any biography of Guy Burgess, spy and man about town, is bound to have some good captions, isn’t it?

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The FT’s correspondent interviews South Africa’s most notorious revolutionary over lunch and gets a surprise at the end: I shake his hand in the routine English way, apologising that I don’t know the elaborate South African variation, which involves three different … Continue reading

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The Milk Carton Kids

Odd name, great songs. It was a joy to hear them at this week’s Transatlantic Sessions shindig, which was a superb night all round.  Here’s my review [£].

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Ma Rainey’s blues

I hate to say it, but one of my biggest disappointments of the last couple of years was the revival of August Wilson’s “Fences”, a Pulitzer-winning play which seemed to win wall-to-wall raves on this side of the Atlantic. Not … Continue reading

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Tarantino strode down the aisle, planted himself in front of the screen like he owned the place, and announced: “Okay, I want to make sure I got the right audience here. I want to ask you a question. How many … Continue reading

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