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Winter morning

If only they were all like this.

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Castes

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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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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Notebook

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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Prescient

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Notebook

The term “national socialism” seems to have been invented by the French nationalist author Maurice Barrès, who described the aristocratic adventurer the Marquis de Morès in 1896 as “the first national socialist”. Morès, after failing as a cattle rancher in … Continue reading

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​Presidential election metaphor klaxon

Installation of the Lincoln memorial, Washington DC, 1920. Via @RADHISTORY

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Grayson Perry & the men

Reading the artist’s new book on masculinity was a frustrating experience. When he was talking about his own life he was great company, but he kept disappearing behind a cloud of right-on verbiage. From my review in The Times: You … Continue reading

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Evening

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Multiculti

A glorious concert from Pink Martini in Oxford. From my Times review: This is the side of America we aren’t seeing much of: open-minded, optimistic and outward-looking. If one band could repair the country’s image abroad, it would have to … Continue reading

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