Helen Macdonald garnered praise and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2014 with H is for Hawk. A substantial strand of the book is about TH White (above) and his book The Goshawk, written shortly before World War II, but not published until 1951. Continue reading G is for Goshawk
Peaky Blinders is a BBC crime drama series set in Birmingham immediately after World War I. It must be good – it’s on its third series. I’ve not seen it (maybe a good box set for the winter) but Dr Henry Sanford has. Continue reading Peaky Bloomers
This is a verse from Tennyson’s In Memoriam A.H.H.
Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed
I haven’t entirely unraveled what it means. Poetry can be tricky to interpret but perhaps it’s relevant to the recent installation of two bird feeders in my small back garden. Continue reading In Memoriam
I recently came across this website: www.bombsight.org. It maps where the bombs fell in the Blitz. My street had one hit. It also has accounts of those dark days in diaries, letters and memoirs. Continue reading Bomb Sight
I don’t have anything by Richard Long (above) but he often comes to mind. First because I was given a large well-illustrated catalogue for his exhibition at Tate Britain in 2009. Secondly, because I went to and was greatly impressed by the exhibition and thirdly because he works in a way unlike any other artist I know. Continue reading Long Walks
This is an LP I bought in the 1960s. SRO signifies Standing Room Only, a reference to Herb Alpert’s popularity. My taste in music has evolved since then. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-fifties that I began to enjoy Wagner. Continue reading SRO
Anthony Quinton presented Round Britain Quiz but the rest of the time was a philosopher based in Oxford: fellow of All Souls, fellow of New College and president of Trinity College. Continue reading From Wodehouse to Wittgenstein
What does it mean to be British? It may not be your first thought, but it’s British to buy a TV licence. No other country in the world has our system of paying for a TV service – the BBC. Do you believe me? Well you shouldn’t, because quite a few countries fund broadcasters through a licence fee; a couple (Greece and Portugal) do it combined with the electricity bill, I assume because otherwise nobody would pay. Continue reading Think Out of the Box – Stay In the EU
What’s up, after reading this remarkable post i am too cheerful
to share my experience here with mates
This is the sort of spam that arrives. It is atypical only in that usually it’s a desire to share my stuff with their mates, if they have any, and the World Wide Web.
A reader has stopped reading (and I don’t blame her) because these posts are too much like tracts that were read to her at school; so here is today’s lesson. Continue reading The Go-Between
Hotels are required to have restaurants and they used to be great places to dine well and quite cheaply. These days they hand their dining rooms over to celebrity chefs – so it’s no bargain. How often a celeb chef sets a foot in “his” dining room, let alone the kitchen, is a moot point. There are exceptions. Continue reading Le Patron Mange Ici … Non?