Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson have already given him their praise
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Sunday 12 August 2012
Anyone who knows anything about prisons will suspect a link between criminal behaviour and illiteracy. I'm a keen student of the work of Noel "Razor" Smith, armed robber-turned-writer and public speaker. He has been in and out of prison all his life. There is no doubt that he found liberation through language. And again and again in his accounts of prison life, we find that a large proportion of his fellow inmates cannot read or write.
Saturday 11 August 2012
As with quite a lot of things these days I first read about the death of Robert Hughes on Twitter. I'd love to know what the old bruiser thought of this new medium and to hear how wittily he might encapsulate its follies. I have a suspicion that he would disapprove. But in one sense it did him proud when it came to instant commemoration.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Friday 13 July 2012
Outlook Leave it to the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) to throw a black cloud over the end of a soggy week.
Monday 09 July 2012
The first witness is set to give evidence at the resumed war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic, about Serb forces violently purging his village in 1992.
Saturday 30 June 2012
Writing the female body: from the cave to the book club
Tuesday 26 June 2012
On Question Time week Andy Burnham made the latest in a series of digs about what he perceives to be the irrelevance of Latin. Speaking of Michael Gove's English baccalaureate, he expressed dismay that Gove had "found room for Latin and ancient Hebrew, but not for engineering or ICT. "How," he asked, "can that be the answer to the challenges we face in the modern world?"
Monday 25 June 2012
Notebook: Quite aside from how useful Latin is in the jobs market, it is also good for your soul
Friday 15 June 2012
The "basic problems" of youth illiteracy must be tackled in order to help stem the capital's gang culture, the Mayor of London has said.
Sunday 27 May 2012
She was only a farmer's daughter, but ...
Sunday 27 May 2012
Though traditionally and lazily lumped in with other "kooky" female singer-songwriters (Amos, Bush, Newsom), the truth is that the Russian-born, New York-based Spektor has more in common with Rufus Wainwright.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
Surgeons in the United States have for the first time restored movement to the previously paralysed hand of a 71-year-old man injured in a car incident by essentially splicing a defunct nerve with a working one in his upper arm, according to a report released yesterday in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
Saturday 12 May 2012
Portrait of a quiet genius who revolutionised our understanding of the ancient world.
Thursday 03 May 2012
It was hard yesterday to find anyone quite sure about the meaning of Tony Blair “re-engaging” in UK politics, especially as he has already begun to do so quietly.
Wednesday 02 May 2012
Adolf Hitler was surprisingly keen to return to the front line after being injured in the First World War, a recently-discovered postcard suggests.
Presents unwrapped, turkey gobbled... it's time to relax
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Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
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