Monthly Archives: September 2016


The last day has dawned. Since I drew up those statistics I have tramped an additional 114 kilometres. In a moment I am going into the garden and will cover another ten kilometres, so that I shall be ending my … Continue reading

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Miles away

It’s 25 years since he left us. Hard to believe.

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The problem with football

Silly question, I know, but why was Sam Allardyce being paid £3 million a year in the first place? Couldn’t he have got by on a little less? Shouldn’t it be an honour to be England manager? Stan Collymore has … Continue reading

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Sunday walk, Cookham

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I have a new idea to make myself exercise regularly to the point of exhaustion: I have begun, along with the garden work, to walk the distance from Berlin to Heidelberg – 626 kilometres! For that purpose, I have marked … Continue reading

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Gustav Holst Memorial, Chichester Cathedral. 

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Re-imagining the Underground Railroad

The PR machine says it’s a modern masterpiece. I don’t think so. From my review in today’s Times: Who needs literary critics when you have Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey on your side? Colson Whitehead’s tale of fugitives from slavery … Continue reading

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Coming attraction 

Drury Lane.

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It was the obsessive need for control that made him refuse virtually all interviews unless he could first know all the questions in advance and then eventually write all the questions himself. It was the need for control that made … Continue reading

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From South Korea, via France

A captivating evening with Youn Sun Nah at the Union Chapel. From my review in The Times: There is a rare theatrical quality to her performances that reflects, perhaps, her interest in chanson. Based in France, where she enjoys an … Continue reading

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