'It would be quite special, probably a little weird to play against the Windies,' says fast bowler
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Sunday 02 March 2008
Saturday 01 March 2008
"Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young the very heaven." From Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited to In A Silent Way by Miles Davis, I recall my teens as aurally amazing. Dozing in the back of my parents' car, I was thunderstruck when I first heard "Strawberry Fields". "Eight Miles High" by the Byrds was so intoxicating – it still is – that you couldn't believe it was legal. The same applied to "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane and, in a home-grown way, "Itchycoo Park" by the Small Faces. One day, someone brought into school Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix. On the following day, someone else arrived with Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd. Or it might have been 5,000 Spirits by the Incredible String Band or We're Only in it for the Money by the Mothers of Invention or Sgt. Pepper ...
Saturday 23 February 2008
Saturday 03 November 2007
A garden writer called recently, researching an article she was writing on acers. She wanted to know what varieties I like to use and was looking for a suitable quote. For a moment I was stumped. I couldn't think of the last time I'd planted an acer - until I remembered Acer campestre which featured in our show garden at Chelsea last year and more recently at the Clore Learning Centre at Wisley where we've planted a hedge of this British native. While acers are, without doubt, beautiful trees, I've had to ask myself why I don't use them more often.
Paperbacks: Wodehouse: A life<br></br> The Great Reporters<br></br> Shooting Stars<br></br> The Hive<br></br> How Not to Write<br></br> The Double<br></br> Dedalus Book of Greek Fantasy
Friday 07 October 2005
Wednesday 14 September 2005
Wednesday 06 July 2005
Thursday 30 June 2005
Wednesday 22 June 2005
Wednesday 02 February 2005
Sunday 16 May 2004
I've lost my bodyguard. No longer can I stroll unmolested down the mean streets of Johannesburg, Quito or Dulwich, safe in the knowledge that Vic Sampson's reassuring bulk is watching my back.
Saturday 20 March 2004
Saturday 06 November 1999
Thursday 23 September 1999
Monday 20 September 1999
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