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We all have our professional notion of hell. There is a tale of a writer who died and was allowed to choose between going to heaven or to hell. Cannily, she asked St Peter if she might tour both regions … Continue reading

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Rarity, Thames

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Overload

A New Yorker cartoon from the month that Donald Trump was elected. Still true today, unfortunately…

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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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