Destroyed by the Second World War, and still raw from both Nazi occupation and its subsequent 45 years of Soviet rule, Warsaw is a city whose history is writ large upon its public spaces.
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Sunday 10 May 2009
The lady is standing up to applaud because she has no alternative. This is not the first time Atlantic has repackaged its R&B back catalogue, but it is one of the best.
Sunday 12 April 2009
"I'm a child of the soil/ I was born in the ghetto/ Where the gangstas roll by and then gunshot echo" is, perhaps, not the most welcoming of opening couplets, but at least you know where you stand with "the Jamaican MIA". Throughout Lynn's debut, there are electro-pop beats, hard-hitting lyrics and all manner of attention-grabbing blips and bleeps. What there's not, at any point, is the melodic counterpart of a bassline or two. Or maybe it's me who's missing something.
Monday 23 March 2009
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Latest in my occasional series of headline questions to which the answer is No.
Saturday 21 February 2009
Sunday 30 November 2008
<a href="http://larry-ryan.livejournal.com/1748.html">Larry Ryan: See 'Imagine This' for free tonight (maybe)</a>
Friday 28 November 2008
Imagine This is a musical which recently opened at the New London Theatre. The show is a big schmaltzy West End affair that happens to be set in the Warsaw ghetto in 1942. Aside from some pretty bad reviews - writing for this paper Michael Coveney awarded it one star out of five - the setting of the musical has unsurprisingly caused some controversy. This morning on the Today programme a nice brewhahah broke out with the musical's producer Beth Trachtenberg facing off against the Evening Standard critic Norman Lebrecht.
Monday 24 November 2008
Could it get worse at the New London than Gone with the Wind? It could. And it just did. Imagine This is a Holocaust musical that makes Springtime for Hitler look like The Sound of Music. You can have bad taste and call it laughter in the dark, but it's something else when Peter Polycarpou's ghetto leader Daniel staves off the evil moment with a string of Jewish jokes, such as the one about the boy who tells his mother he's playing a Jewish husband in the school play. He's pleased. She's not. "Tell them you want a speaking part," she fumes.
Tuesday 14 October 2008
Filming for a new John Travolta movie in a troubled suburb of Paris has been cancelled after ten stunt cars were destroyed by fire.
Friday 22 August 2008
Sunday 06 July 2008
Sunday 11 May 2008
Wednesday 23 April 2008
The last time Eric Burdon & War played London, 38 years ago, they had a five-night residency at Ronnie Scott's and Jimi Hendrix jammed with them the day before he died. The former lead singer with The Animals and one of the most distinctive voices in rock, Burdon's move to the US in the late Sixties mirrored Hendrix's own relocation to the UK.
Thursday 10 April 2008
Can you hear the grunts? Can you smell the sweat? There is currently a heaving, ideological tug-of-war between Labour and the Conservatives, with Britain's schools acting as the rope. This contest could decide the life-chances of millions of kids, but you wouldn't know it from the shrieking coverage, which has been reduced to Balls – and balls.
Monday 17 March 2008
Like many Holocaust survivors, Paul Aron Sandfort took some time to talk about his experiences but, when he had come to terms with them, became an impassioned educator, eager to tell especially younger audiences about the Nazis' appalling cruelty – and how human depravity can spark astonishing displays of humour and courage among its victims. Sandfort's vehicle was Brundibár, the children's opera by Hans Krása in which he had performed in Terezín, the ghetto outside Prague that witnessed an extraordinary flowering of culture in the teeth of malnutrition, disease and constant transports to the east.
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