Monthly Archives: April 2016

Work in progress, Oxford Street

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A classic revisited

“Sing Me Home”, my album of the week [£] in the Sunday Times, doesn’t fall into any of the usual neat categories. Let’s just call it “beyond boundaries” and leave it at that. Leading his Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma sets … Continue reading

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Notebook

ROUSSEAU. “Do you like cats?” BOSWELL. “No.” ROUSSEAU. “I was sure of that. It is my test of character. There you have the despotic character of men. They do not like cats because the cat is free and will never … Continue reading

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The “Do you live in a bubble?” quiz

“The higher your score, the thinner your bubble…” The questions are geared towards an American audience, but it’s an interesting exercise all the same.

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Les Blancs – too black & white

I don’t mind admitting that, until Lorraine Hansberry’s play “Les Blancs” opened at the National this month, I’d never even heard of it. After sitting through Yaël Farber’s production last night, I don’t feel quite so guilty. The London critics greeted this … Continue reading

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Sashes Island, Cookham

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Stat of the day

“Paganism and Wicca and witchcraft are now the seventh biggest faith group in Britain.”  From a profile of Doreen Valiente on The World Tonight, Radio 4.

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On to volume three

Just started the latest instalment of Simon Callow’s epic. I couldn’t get enough of the first two. The greatest challenge has been to deal with the simultaneity of his activities. A month of Welles’s life is worth a year, maybe … Continue reading

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Before comments sections

Stumbled across this yesterday. An HM Bateman cartoon from 1922.

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The life of a politician’s wife, 1960s

After watching BBC Parliament’s wall-to-wall coverage of the 1966 general election (yes, sad, I know) I couldn’t resist buying Peter Paterson’s biography of George Brown, Harold Wilson’s famously unreliable deputy and the man who inspired Private Eye to coin the … Continue reading

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