Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eurovision Looms

Well, it’s a new year, and the annual spectacle of Eurovision is on the horizon. Last night, we were treated (if that’s the word) to the selection process of the Dutch entry. This year, the Dutch banner is being lofted … Continue reading

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The Indefatigable Elena

When I was living in London, back in the 1970s and early 80s, I was fortunate enough to be able to dine at L’Escargot in Soho a couple of times. The restaurant was ruled over by Elena Savloni, the tiny, … Continue reading

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The Value of Libraries

A couple of days ago I mentioned someone’s idiotic idea to stop funding the UK’s libraries and use the money to give everyone Kindles. The idea came about because local government in the UK is looking to close many public … Continue reading

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Reaping the Whirlwind of Hate

David Kato has been murdered. Given the climate of hate against LGBT people that has been encouraged in Uganda by both the State and organised religion*, it comes as no surprise. It still shocks though, and for those still in … Continue reading

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Ken, Ken, and their Operas

I’ve just watched the version of Mozart’s Magic Flute filmed by Kenneth Branagh. I was absolutely blown away by its sheer bravura. From the opening single tracking shot beginning in the trenches of World War 1, then rising far above; … Continue reading

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Dinner Table Talk

Mo seems to have captured the false logic expressed by Baroness Warsi to a tee. As Ophelia points out, Anthony Andrews has also demolished the Baroness’s claims quite effectively: She wants to give greater voice to religion in the political … Continue reading

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Titter Ye Not

I found it hard to suppress a titter, let alone a guffaw of derision, when I read today that the Astrological Association of Great Britain is sending a petition to the BBC. In one of the brilliant Stargazing Live programmes … Continue reading

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