Monthly Archives: March 2016

Ronnie Corbett RIP

“One’s a trade union leader, the other’s a member of the Cabinet…” I thought Ronnie Barker wrote the script, but I was getting it mixed up with another classic, “Four Candles”  The Mastermind spoof is actually the work of David … Continue reading

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[W]hen  one has become  very old, which I take to mean over ninety-five, one’s idea of luxury shifts away from clothes. I do still own, and occasionally wear, a beautiful printed coat-dress in dark blue and white cotton, with a … Continue reading

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Miles, the trailer

Hmmm. File under Kind of Fictional.

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In defence of Twitter

There’s more to it than ranting and raving. Libby Purves [£] takes issue with Sarah Vine, Stephen Fry and other disillusioned ex-users: It is easy to stay civilised on the site: I pass on review topics, interesting links (or, when feeling … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross

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He had every bit as much reason to fear insanity as [Samuel] Johnson; he, too, had inherited a difficult temperament from his father and the dread finger of madness had been laid on several members of his immediate family. His … Continue reading

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Talking about Trump, talking about race

Is Donald Trump a racist? Another intriguing Bloggingheads discussion between Glenn Loury and John McWhorter, bringing academic rigour to the subject as well as channeling the thoughts of Joe Six Pack and Mr & Mrs Upper West Side. They loathe Trump; … Continue reading

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Have you heard the one about the Muslim comedian?

Not a night to remember. My review [£] of Shazia Mirza’s show at Soho Theatre: She seems to want to have it both ways. When Shazia Mirza complains about being treated as a token brown face in an industry dominated by … Continue reading

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Garry Shandling RIP

  Terrible, terrible news. I still can’t believe it. There are so many wonderful Larry Sanders moments, but the one where William Shatner joins the fun has to be one of the best. Celebrities behaving badly. “Try to get him to say … Continue reading

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Miriam Margolyes & friend photographed by Jillian Edelstein for the 2016 FishLove collection.

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