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Tuesday 30 June 2009
Saturday 02 May 2009
In the 341 years since King Charles II appointed John Dryden as his Poet Laureate, the title has passed along an uninterrupted line of men – some very gifted, but too many of them mediocrities, whose only talent was to pay homage to the self-important. In Carol Ann Duffy we now have a Poet Laureate who, as well as being the first woman in the post, and of Scottish working-class stock, has a wonderful way of puncturing egos.
Friday 30 January 2009
One of the nation's best-loved poets and a favourite to take over as poet laureate has called for the position to be abolished.
Tuesday 09 December 2008
From 1968, for the next quarter of a century, early every evening when Parliament was sitting, a large, bustling figure – pince-nez quivering, hair flying – would swoop down the corridor from "the Other Place", and through the House of Commons Members' Lobby, through New Palace Yard to Westminster tube station. On his way he would button-hole any acquaintance he met to promote his cause of the moment – something always worthy, usually important, and occasionally barmy. This was Patrick Maitland, 17th Earl of Lauderdale, 18th Lord Maitland, 17th Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun, 13th Nova Scotia Baronet of Ravelrig, Hereditary Bearer of the National Flag of Scotland by Decrees of the Lord Lyon King of Arms 1790 and 1952, heading home after his working day.
The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, Wilton's, London <br>Imagine This, New London, London<br>Treasure Island, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London
Sunday 23 November 2008
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Sunday 28 September 2008
Stay with me - this gets complicated. Victoria Holt's real name was Eleanor Hibbert (née Burford), born in Kensington, 1906.
Sunday 15 June 2008
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Friday 31 January 2003
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