The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake
For December I’ve decided to turn the children...
Christmas undoubtedly starts way too early these...
Following on from the events of last week, we ha...
Now this is more like it. Number 528 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Salem News (“Serving Oregon & The Pacific Northwest”). Complete with picture of Howard Carter looking at Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus, taken from a book called Was there really a curse on King Tutankhamen’s tomb?
It follows number [...]
In today’s multimedia arena of smartphones, iPads, twitter, Facebook, and so on, the concept of not being understood is rather a rare one.
We are blessed, that, apart from throughout most of China, the Queen’s speech is an all-pervading influence. First of all, much of the internet is in English. And secondly, if you do have [...]
Don’t ignore your new home’s Energy Performance Certificate – it could guide you about future costs needed on your home
For as long as anyone can remember, a patch of wasteland by the Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu has been home to a peculiar eyesore: a derelict oil tank, painted beige, with a small pipe protruding from its left hand side. Local residents of this expensive part of West Los Angeles have [...]
By way of footnotes to my columnising in The Independent on Sunday today (Comrade Coren has recently verbed the word column),* it turns out that some people do not recognise my reference to the Mirror of Erised.
This just goes to show that some of us columnisers have a cultural hinterland, doesn’t it? (Do not attempt [...]
Peter Mandelson had to be dissuaded from supporting the Coalition’s policy of raising tuition fees, he says in the preface to the paperback edition of his The Third Man:
It was I, after all, who had set up the Browne Review … I assumed, as the Treasury did, that the outcome would have to include a [...]
It’s been a couple of months now since the drawing rooms of Delhi and beyond were set chattering by a juicy literary spat involving the writer and historian William Dalrymple and an Indian journalist, Hartosh Bal Singh, essentially over the ages-old question of who was qualified to write about India. In a pointed article in [...]
Jack Straw has an important and well-written article in The Times today (pay wall), which augurs well for the quality of his memoirs. He points out that one Arab democracy is often left out of the commentary on the uprising across north Africa and the Middle East — Iraq:
No more than Egypt or Tunisia is it [...]
Celtic and Rangers play each other too many times each season. That is not to excuse the behaviour of some the Rangers players and the two managerial benches. The scenes between these two intelligent people, Neil Lennon of Celtic and Ally McCoist of Rangers was disgraceful. The police chief’s answer to play behind closed doors [...]
As the world gets ready to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, it is helpful to figure out whether we want to focus on the positive achievements women have made or to highlight the challenges that we continue to face. We probably need to address both, but the [...]
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