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Monday 08 June 2009
I haven't seen Arcadia since its first night at the National in 1993 but the play seems no less challenging, interesting or beautiful in David Leveaux's poignant revival.
Sunday 10 May 2009
Sunday 10 May 2009
Thursday 07 May 2009
The first South Bank Show had Paul McCartney, plain Mr then, talking about his new song "Mull of Kintyre". Yes, it was a long time ago. But since that first airing in 1978 it has been ITV's flagship arts programme, and there were times when the BBC was in the cultural doldrums and before Sky Arts was conceived, when Melvyn Bragg's baby was the cultural flagship for television generally.
Monday 23 March 2009
Work: Composer and broadcaster. His latest album for Classic FM is called 'Enchanted Voices'
Life: 50, married to a classical music agent, lives in west London and Burgundy
Balance: Planting trees and gardening in France
Sunday 22 February 2009
Sunday 11 January 2009
Friday 26 September 2008
In early 2007, with Gordon Brown poised to take over the job he had coveted so long, this column wondered if he might ask his even-more-famous Edinburgh chum for a helping hand. I asked if a few supportive words from JK Rowling "with the ears of the world listening, could heighten the 'Brown Bounce' sought by the incoming premier. Will she succumb? Probably not: Rowling has managed her public profile with awesome shrewdness and discretion." No longer. It took 18 months, and a political pit far deeper than any to be found in the cellars of Hogwarts, for Rowling to cast her protective spell. News of her £1m donation to the Labour Party, directly to endorse the Government's programme to reduce child poverty and its equal treatment of lone parents, was meant to sprinkle the stardust of virtuous celebrity of over a downbeat conference week.
Friday 08 August 2008
It has been something of a shock to be reminded that ITV is still a public service broadcaster. For some reason, the idea that the channel responsible for The Jeremy Kyle Show, Golden Balls and Bingo Night Live is providing a service to the public has become difficult to grasp.
Sunday 08 June 2008
Shortly after his party's stunning victory in the Crewe by-election, I can exclusively reveal, Dave Cameron was summoned to a top secret strategy meeting by his balding, crop-headed guru Steve Hilton.
Wednesday 21 May 2008
Last week, I came across a review of a book on the plague that devastated Europe and the near East between the sixth and eighth centuries. The what, you say? Well, quite: for centuries, this plague was all but forgotten: we know all about the Black Death, but this plague, which may have been far greater, which decimated cities, wiped out thousands of villages, killed millions, vanished from view.
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Monday 31 March 2008
Sunday 30 March 2008
Sunday 23 March 2008
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
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