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Sunday 24 June 2012
He seemed an ordinary working-class fellow with an interesting middle name (Sarsfield), born in Birmingham in 1883, where he grew up to become a civil servant. Early photographs are unassuming, but compare them to his later pictures, when he appears in a silk dressing gown, puffing on what looks like an opium pipe: what happened to transform the conventional Mr Ward?
Sunday 17 June 2012
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen arrives in the present, and surveys our contemporary culture with dismay
Sunday 20 May 2012
Do we need poetry? Last week, appearing on a Radio 4 programme, I praised the poets for making our lives bearable with their words, for adding meaning to our world. Another of the guests, a hard-working businessman wearing a gold watch, attacked me for promoting poetry, and therefore idleness: "People need food!" he raved. "You can't eat poetry!"
Saturday 19 May 2012
A tantalising portrait of a British society beauty who became the ‘crazy friend’ of Thelonious Monk
Friday 27 April 2012
Boyish Blur guitarist Graham Coxon is clearly multi-talented.
Monday 16 April 2012
A showcase for three young conductors, a malfunction at the printers, and for the first time in my experience no programmes for the audience and the prospect of blind-tasting their talents.
Monday 16 April 2012
Hillel Halkin's touching novel about love and friendship opens in New York in the 1950s and ends on a remote Greek island in the 1980s.
Saturday 07 April 2012
Where once stood Marilyn, now stands Delia, in a Norwich City scarf. HG Wells has been ousted by JK Rowling, Marlene Dietrich bumped by Kate Moss. As for John, George and Ringo – they're nowhere to be seen.
Friday 06 April 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Sunday 25 March 2012
Thousands of New Agers descend on mountain they see as haven from December's apocalypse
Miss Fortune, Royal Opera House, London
The Barber of Seville, Hackney Empire, London
Eugene Onegin, Hackney Empire, London
Sunday 18 March 2012
Judith Weir's rare failure is an inner-city Cinderella story that never lifts off ... unlike the kebab van
The Barometer: Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All; Burial and Four Tet; Jack White; Tanlines; Neon Indian; Grimes; THEESatisfaction; Lapalux; Boys from Patagonia
Friday 09 March 2012
What's hot on our playlist
Monday 27 February 2012
Bob Geldof leans, stony-faced, against a wall as his daughter Peaches’ fiancé Thomas Cohen performs.
Sunday 12 February 2012
Thursday 09 February 2012
Eight years ago, in their excellent Spanish Golden Age season, the RSC presented the English premiere of House of Desires, a surprising event on several levels.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 5 Men behaving badly: Urinating while standing, 'manspreading' and the gendering of selfishness