Monthly Archives: April 2016

Looking for laughs

Marcus Brigstocke at Soho Theatre. From my review [£] in today’s Times: It isn’t easy to warm to Marcus Brigstocke. There’s the problem, first of all, that he’s one of those overexposed comics who are the first call for TV … Continue reading

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Touchdown

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Reasons not to like Apple

An entertaining, mischief-making list in the Guardian. I particularly liked Number 24,  “Error 53”: How many corporations possess and wield the power to criminally damage their products – your products – after they’ve sold them to you? Apple’s notorious “Error … Continue reading

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The contrarian view of Prince

“This is why chin-stroking critics worshipped him…”  James Delingpole begs to differ, as usual.

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Churchyard

Stanley Spencer’s gravestone, Cookham.

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Saying goodbye to Bellowhead

My review [£] of the folkies’ final London concert: Some purists may have their misgivings, but there’s no question that in their dozen years together, the quirky, irreverent supergroup have brought traditional music to a fresh new demographic. Eager to … Continue reading

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The new capital

I spent most of last weekend walking and cycling around central London. A chance to get reacquainted. Strolling along the Embankment was a joy, but only as long as I didn’t let my eyes linger on the anonymous towers that … Continue reading

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Looking for Miles

My Times feature [£] on “Miles Ahead”. I can’t say I enjoyed the film, although I can see why Don Cheadle wanted to avoid making the usual dull, reverential kind of biopic. His performance as “The Prince of Darkness” really is … Continue reading

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Dante & the hermaphrodite

At The Wallace Collection yesterday. My first-ever visit. I had no idea there was so much more to the place than “The Laughing Cavalier”

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Being black, sounding white

People think his face and his voice just don’t go together. I’ve met John McWhorter and I’ve never been away of any mismatch at all, which just goes to show, I guess, how non-Americans can miss the subtleties: I have … Continue reading

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