From the daily archives:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

#687: 2009, Phoenix, Lisztomania

May 7, 2013

I’ve spent the last few days in New Orleans at the annual Jazz and Heritage festival, now in its 44th year, held on a race track on the edge of the Crescent City.  The name of the festival is a bit of a misnomer as it is far from solely focused on New Orleans’ most […]

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UKIP: Clowns, Lunatics and Racists or just misunderstood?

May 7, 2013

For the purposes of this piece I’m going to distinguish between UKIP politicians and those million or so people who voted for them in the latest local elections. So who’s mad? Who’s wearing the big shoes and the red nose? UKIP or those who voted for them? Well, let’s start with the party itself: I […]

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Ronnie O’Sullivan – A Great Sporting Maverick

May 7, 2013

“There is, of course, another sort of heightened man who bulks large in the popular imagination. He is not “loyal,” not a model of right behaviour. Quite the contrary, he fascinates because he undermines the expected order. He possesses the qualities of the “hero”: skill, resourcefulness, courage, intelligence. But he is the opposite of selfless. […]

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