Monthly Archives: January 2018

Blues album of the month

Elmore James remembered. Featuring Tom Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and many others besides.

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[A]n abyss divided left and right even during years of relative calm, when political issues were not particularly prominent. The way of thinking of the two camps, their mode of expression, their whole mental make-up, were different. Just as a … Continue reading

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After the rain 

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Reading list

Advice from Niall Ferguson in a Q&A with the New York Times: If you could require the American president to read one book, what would it be? And the prime minister? I agree with you that it would be wonderful … Continue reading

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The listener

Nick Coleman’s book on the singers and musicians who mean the most to him has its pretentious moments, but you’ll be rewarded if you make it through to the end.  From my review in The Times: All of us who … Continue reading

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Cock Marsh, Cookham.

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Soul man

Blasts from the past. My review of R&B singer Decosta Boyce: Is that a Commodores riff? And a hint of Sam & Dave too? Part of the pleasure of this energised gig was trying to spot the different influences. Cool and charismatic, … Continue reading

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For weeks I would get up, dress, drive to work, see my patients, try to present a normal appearance. But inside I was dead, as lifeless as a zombie. Then one day as I was walking down Bronx Park East, … Continue reading

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Life of leisure

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Blind spots

We all reach reach a point in life where we just have to accept that certain books, acclaimed as classics by everyone else, just aren’t going to click with us. P.G. Wodehouse’s works fall into that category, as far as … Continue reading

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