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Marlow Bridge

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Long player

He resembles an explorer returning from a lost world. My review of David Hepworth’s hugely enjoyable history of the pop LP. When reviewers say a book feels twice as long as it actually is, they are not usually being complimentary. … Continue reading

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Rush hour, Thames

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A Brexit bad night out

I wish I could say that Nitin Sawhney’s Brexit anthem broke new ground. Definitely not a vintage night at the Barbican. Now let’s see, what rhymes with “hope and glory”? You can imagine Nitin Sawhney as he typed out his … Continue reading

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Almost spring

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Notebook

The American people have done so much for me, have restored so fully my self-confidence, that I am constantly twisting and turning in an effort to live up to their expectations of me. Ingrid Bergman said, “You must go on … Continue reading

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The other side of David Attenborough

From my Times interview with a broadcasting legend.  Among other things, we talked about his early years at the BBC, his passion for the piano and his unlikely role as a pioneer of world music: There is a strange whistling … Continue reading

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Notebook

An extraordinary aspect of the decision-making in Washington between 1961 and 1975 was that Vietnamese were seldom if ever allowed to intrude upon it. Successive administrations ignored any claims by the people who inhabited the battlefields to a voice in … Continue reading

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All Saints, Marlow

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Being Tina Turner

My Times review of Tina Turner’s autobiography, a sequel of sorts to her 1980s bestseller, “I Tina”. Once again, her stage partner Ike  – wife-beater, drug addict and musical pioneer – looms large: As awful as Ike was, there remains … Continue reading

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