Monthly Archives: May 2018

Mayfly season


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Royal wedding

Windsor, Saturday.

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Richard Pipes RIP

He wasn’t anywhere near as well known in this country as Orlando Figes, but he should have been. I suppose you could describe him as an intellectual who was wary of a certain kind of intellectual. As he puts it … Continue reading

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How did “My Dad Wrote A Porno” become an all-conquering global phenomenon? Search me. My review of the Festival Hall version of the erotica-gone-bad podcast: It is a long time since I have seen an audience in quite such an … Continue reading

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Tom Wolfe RIP

The cover of New York magazine containing that celebrated Radical Chic essay. This superb Michael Lewis profile in Vanity Fair digs through Wolfe’s private archives and explains how he managed to get an invitation to Leonard Bernstein’s Black Panther fundraiser. … Continue reading

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo seem to be stuck in a rut. From my review of their Bath Festival concert: There’s no question that Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a force for good; they are, after all, the singers who provided the soundtrack … Continue reading

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The beautiful game

Sunday afternoon at Bath Cricket Club.

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Some book blurbs aren’t particularly helpful. “The Slaves of Soliutude” is a wonderful novel about life on the home front in WW2, but is “funny” the first word that comes to mind? Yes, there’s a dark strand of humour, but … Continue reading

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