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I’m at the BBC recording Front Row and apparently I’m looking at a brass bust of Henry Wood. The statue is in the foyer.

The Sixth Lamentation by William Broderick

Judas priest

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BOOKS OF THE YEAR: ANTHOLOGIES: Ragbags, fragments, lists and porcupines

"A fragment," said Schlegel, "like a miniature work of art, has to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world and be complete in itself, like a porcupine." He was right. The best anthologies are composed of such self-sufficient fragments. Graham Higgin goes one step further. His seductive philosophical anthology provides Porcupines (Allen Lane pounds 9.99) aplenty. Resounding sentences from great thinkers appear chronologically, while the context of their remarks is shown opposite. Thus Meister Eckhart is represented by this: "Whoever desires to be given everything must first give everything away." Look across the page to learn that it comes from a Latin sermon about St Paul; a footnote directs you to a modern edition of Eckhart, for further reading. It makes a pleasing, useful book.

Books for Christmas: Reference - An odyssey of facts for students of Homer (Simpson)

LIFE IS short and reference books are long, but one can never have enough of them. As such, one of the most enjoyable books of the Nineties is James Wood's Dictionary of Quotations (Warne), who ranges far from familiar territory and hopes that we shall "be generous to acquit him of having compiled either a superfluous or an unserviceable volume".

Downing Street not big enough for Blair

TONY BLAIR may move the Prime Minister's office out of Downing Street because Number 10 is too cramped for his multiplying staff. Some frustrated Blair aides complain that being in Downing Street "is like working in a stately home".
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