For do-gooders the world over it's a familiar problem. How do you make charity, or in this case corporate responsibility, appeal to a wide audience with a short attention span?
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Saturday 13 June 2009
It cost millions of taxpayer dollars, contains artificial trees with especially springy limbs, and was almost certainly the world's first animal enclosure to get a feng shui makeover. But the swanky new monkey house at Los Angeles Zoo has one very important thing missing – monkeys.
Last Night's Television - Living with Monkeys, BBC1; Property Snakes and Ladders, Channel 4; Mary, Queen of Charity Shops, BBC2; I'm Running Sainsbury's, Channel 4
Wednesday 10 June 2009
Sunday 07 June 2009
Thursday 04 June 2009
Thursday 28 May 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
For those of a certain age, John Collier was simply "the window to watch", as the TV commercials for the menswear store proclaimed. The other John Collier is the English writer, born in 1901, who became famous for his wonderful short stories. Setting out to be a poet, Collier was disappointed with the result and instead produced a strange novel, His Monkey Wife, a satire about an explorer who marries a chimpanzee. Two more novels followed, now both forgotten, but around them formed a body of uniquely sardonic short stories, often written for The New Yorker magazine. They were collected in many volumes, one of which, Fancies and Goodnights, was reprinted in 2003.
Saturday 25 April 2009
Sunday 12 April 2009
Wednesday 01 April 2009
Wednesday 25 March 2009
Madame de Sade, Wyndhams, London<br>Kafka's Monkey, Young Vic, London<br>The Last Cigarette, Minerva, Chichester
Sunday 22 March 2009
Tuesday 03 March 2009
Friday 13 February 2009
Sunday 08 February 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
I never knew poetry / could be / as sticky as sex," observes the narrator of The Monkey's Mask (1994), a smooth-flowing, book-length, noirish verse thriller which brought an international audience for Dorothy Porter, who once asserted that: "writing should be seductive. The reader becomes my lover, in a way". Her death at 54 does not end the affair: anybody beguiled by that idiosyncratic volume, which also became a film starring Abbie Cornich and Kelly McGillis, will seek out the others.
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