Monthly Archives: October 2016

​Presidential election metaphor klaxon

Installation of the Lincoln memorial, Washington DC, 1920. Via @RADHISTORY

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Grayson Perry & the men

Reading the artist’s new book on masculinity was a frustrating experience. When he was talking about his own life he was great company, but he kept disappearing behind a cloud of right-on verbiage. From my review in The Times: You … Continue reading

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A glorious concert from Pink Martini in Oxford. From my Times review: This is the side of America we aren’t seeing much of: open-minded, optimistic and outward-looking. If one band could repair the country’s image abroad, it would have to … Continue reading

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Smooth samba

“Corra e Olhe o Céu (Run & Look to the Sky)” from her new album, “Canta Cartola”.

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This same report gives us a vivid glimpse of Mosley as a speaker: “There was a tepid welcome when Sir Oswald Mosley came. He was a lithe and catlike figure, and as he sat down smiling one thought of M. … Continue reading

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All Saints, Bisham 

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John Ellson, music man

We said goodbye to John Ellson last week. A lovely humanist service, with John Harle performing a piece by Johnny Hodges. I was one of the speakers. Here’s part of what I had to say. Thanks to all the people … Continue reading

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When John Major met Boris Yeltsin

Pithy. A  diplomatic tale from Lynn Barber’s review of Jeremy Paxman’s autobiography: JM: Well, Boris, in a word, how is Russia? BY: Good. JM: And in more than one word? BY: Not good.

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Latin tinge. Street musicians, W11.

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