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Final lap of the Olympics

He appeared at the opening ceremony in Rio, so I’m assuming he won’t be in tonight’s closing show too. But who needs an excuse to play some Gilberto Gil?  This is my favourite version of “Expresso 2222”, performed live with … Continue reading

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Trifecta

Now that’s what you call a publishing triple-whammy: Hitler, golf and the Olympics, all in one book.

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Outsider

I should have paid more attention. Until this morning, I had no idea that the economics editor of the Guardian was in the anti-EU camp: When I voted for Brexit on 23 June, I did so for three reasons: because … Continue reading

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Waters of March revisited

The advent of the Rio Olympics has given me a good excuse to link some of my favourite Brazilian music on Twitter. This one is slightly different: the multilingual Stacey Kent sings a French version of one of Jobim’s greatest … Continue reading

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Notebook

That was the whole point, after all. To do with a few swipes of a blade what years on an analyst’s couch, or in an asylum’s cell, failed to accomplish. Freeman expended a great deal of energy trying to gather … Continue reading

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Nina’s man

The arrival of “The Philips Years” – seven albums spanning the mid -1960s – gave me the perfect excuse to revisit some of Nina Simone’s most idiosyncratic recordings. The “Pastel Blues” set, for instance, seems to get overlooked nowadays, but … Continue reading

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Faces of Brazil

One of the official posters for the Olympics. (“It’s really hard for us in Brazil to choose one artist to represent the Games.”). When it comes to ideals of feminine beauty, on the other hand, the country still seems to prefer … Continue reading

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Architectural follies (pt 286)

The Paddington Pole may be history, but there’s another monstrosity on the way. Simon Jenkins uncovers a new threat to the London skyline. Eager to dress it up as “art”, [Renzo] Piano is quoted in the Architects’ Journal mouthing the usual architect’s … Continue reading

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The ballad of a disillusioned Bob Dylan fan

” I can honestly say I want everyone’s money back…” Not entirely fair, maybe, but very, very droll. No one writes wittier songs than Rich Hall.

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Nice

Dusk at La Baie des Anges, Raoul Dufy.

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