Monthly Archives: March 2011

Norm on Cricket

One of Britain’s most articulate and thoughtful of bloggers, the academic Norman Geras, points out here that England and Australia’s Ashes rivalry is just that – Ashes rivalry, whereas India v Pakistan is nationalistic, religious, political: one of the great … Continue reading

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On Diana Wynne Jones

As a teacher, there are always a few authors you see children reading but never quite get round to yourself. Diana Wynne Jones was one of those for me, though after reading this magnificent obituary, I think that will be … Continue reading

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Bamboo Music

  This is a beautiful Sylvian/Sakamoto collaboration. It’s the precursor of the Forbidden Colours type stuff and the natural follow-on from Taking Islands in Africa, etc. It’s also an amazing example of the B-side acting as a complement to the … Continue reading

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Andy Plays Nigel

Oh dear, poor Andy…. Look. Nigel was Colin’s, pure and simple. And it’s the iconic XTC track, and one of the great tracks of the post-punk period. When people think of XTC, they think of Nigel. Yes, that may be … Continue reading

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A Question of Symbols

One of the interesting things about Nineteen Eighty Four is that it is not really a literary novel. Its function is primarily political and ideological. It is entirely fair enough then, that Orwell’s characters and concepts have become part of … Continue reading

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The Book of Skulls

..by Robert Silverberg. It centres on the subject of immortality and the quest to achieve it. Four college students, newly liberated by 1968, set out for the Arizona desert in search of a monastery where, according to an ancient text, … Continue reading

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