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Looking for Miles

My Times feature [£] on “Miles Ahead”. I can’t say I enjoyed the film, although I can see why Don Cheadle wanted to avoid making the usual dull, reverential kind of biopic. His performance as “The Prince of Darkness” really is … Continue reading

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A classic revisited

“Sing Me Home”, my album of the week [£] in the Sunday Times, doesn’t fall into any of the usual neat categories. Let’s just call it “beyond boundaries” and leave it at that. Leading his Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma sets … Continue reading

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ROUSSEAU. “Do you like cats?” BOSWELL. “No.” ROUSSEAU. “I was sure of that. It is my test of character. There you have the despotic character of men. They do not like cats because the cat is free and will never … Continue reading

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Stat of the day

“Paganism and Wicca and witchcraft are now the seventh biggest faith group in Britain.”  From a profile of Doreen Valiente on The World Tonight, Radio 4.

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On to volume three

Just started the latest instalment of Simon Callow’s epic. I couldn’t get enough of the first two. The greatest challenge has been to deal with the simultaneity of his activities. A month of Welles’s life is worth a year, maybe … Continue reading

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No one in my family ever went to synagogue or paid much attention to being Jewish. We also didn’t talk about being Jewish with other people, so I got the feeling this was something shameful that I needed to hide. … Continue reading

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Oxford last night. On my way home from an RSA meeting.

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Queen Dillie

Dillie Keane is on the road without Fascinating Aïda. My review [£] in today’s Times: Keane’s personality soon fills the auditorium. Rummaging through the unfailingly intelligent songs she has written with [Adèle] Anderson over the past three decades, she is … Continue reading

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Architects vs people

The Swiss Cottage Tower, another example of how the experts and the planners seem determined to keep getting it wrong.

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