Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, a 45 year old black British GP practicing in Nottingham, has been given a white family’s farm in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwean government. He has lived in the UK for at least fifteen years but is eligible on two counts: he is, supposedly, an indigenous black African and is a friend of President Mugabe’s wife, Grace. I wonder which carries the most weight? Continue reading Black Mischief
Outside my window the index is a mere three but as I was walking along the South Bank last week I noticed that the index there is twenty-one. The index in question is Continue reading Indices
Hou Hsiao-Hsien is a Taiwanese film director. He is a perfectionist and has spent almost eight years making his latest film, Nie Yinniang. Here it is called The Assassin, although “yinniang” actually means “hiding woman”, and it could be called The Woman in Black. Continue reading Nie Yinniang
St. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year and I’m inviting you to a Valentine’s Day themed Recital in an especially beautiful location. Continue reading An Invitation…
The pleasure of rootling around in second-hand bookshops has largely been replaced by instant gratification delivered through shopping on the Internet; largely but not entirely. Continue reading More About Books
The Metropolitan Opera in New York has been broadcasting Saturday matinees live to cinemas in Europe for ten years. It’s a super way to see tip-top productions with the bonus of watching what’s going on back-stage and hearing the singers being interviewed. Only been around for ten years but already I have my favourite moment. The opera was Benjamin Britten’s, Peter Grimes, directed by John Doyle. Continue reading Figaro, Where?
Have you been watching War and Peace on the BBC? I haven’t either but what I’d like to see is Rebellion on RTE (the Republic of Ireland broadcaster). Just to bring you up to speed, 100 years ago, in 1916, when the rest of the world was concentrating on the First World War, Ireland had a rebellion against British rule. Continue reading Rebellion
It can be good advice, in a business context, to “stick to your knitting”. Getting on with the business you know can make sense but it can be commercial suicide. Continue reading Don’t Stick to Your Knitting