Monthly Archives: November 2016


A trip to Birmingham to make a TV programme about people’s attitudes to Brexit leaves Adrian Chiles pondering the question of social cohesion, or the lack of it. From his column in the RSA’s house journal, which doesn’t seem to … Continue reading

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And so I hope at least to be able to fulfil one of the chief conditions of any fair portrayal of an era; namely honesty and impartiality. For truly I have been detached, as rarely anyone has in the past, … Continue reading

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In concert

Three recent reviews: Norah Jones at the Palladium; Charlie Hunter at Ronnie Scott’s; Madeleine Peyroux at the Festival Hall. All the gigs took place during the London Jazz Festival, although Jones’s date wasn’t actually part of it, for reasons that remain … Continue reading

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Found in translation

“Hallelujah is essentially a Yiddish song Leonard Cohen wrote in English.” Daniel Kahn discusses his new version.

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A wonderful summer’s day. Bright sun. Hot. Today we wore light suits and cycled. I’m making remarkable progress in this art. Then I lay on the grass, resting my head on my hands and gazed into the deep blue skies. … Continue reading

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Out of the shadows

An intriguing book that sometimes tries too hard. My Times review of David Olusoga’s “Black and British: A Forgotten History” For all the fascinating material that it unearths, Black and British is not always an easy read. In his introduction … Continue reading

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Something in the intensity with which Windrip looked at his audience, looked at all of them, his glance slowly taking them in from the highest-perched seat to the nearest, convinced them that he was talking to each individual, directly and … Continue reading

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The candidate 

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