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Homeless, Oxford 

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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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On a trip to Oxford today, I couldn’t resist parking near a Headington landmark.

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Since last I kept you my neglected,  imperfect,  haphazard diary much seems to have happened.  I have twice spoken in the House of Commons, been to America,  dined with Kings,  recovered and lost again my high spirits. No one now … Continue reading

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In Oxford today for the James Gillray exhibition. (Cartoonist Martin Rowson offers his take on the show in the Guardian.)

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Though Britain was still struggling out of austerity, the meals at Christ Church high table were more luxurious than anything I’d come across before. It was there that I first tasted oysters — and thought wonderingly of my mother’s taste … Continue reading

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Kanye West: having his cake & eating it

Consumerism is the enemy, sort of. From his speech to students at Oxford earlier this week:

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Inside the bubble

“Those people who get parachuted in, they’ve never had a life!” Good, angry piece by the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr on how party politics is in danger of becoming a game for a select few. And journalism, as we all know, … Continue reading

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