Monthly Archives: October 2013

mau mau memories

MAU MAU * AFRICA Interesting letter in Gdn 10.6.13 from a “conchie” … I doubt if all the secrets of the Kikuyu uprising will ever be known. Young soldiers were brainwashed into believing they were fighting in Kenya for our … Continue reading

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MAU MAU

MAU MAU * AFRICA Interesting letter in Gdn 10.6.13 from a “conchie” … I doubt if all the secrets of the Kikuyu uprising will ever be known. Young soldiers were brainwashed into believing they were fighting in Kenya for our … Continue reading

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SCIENCE * THEORIES OF EVERYTHING

In Gdn Weekend 19.10.13, Oliver Burkeman reports on the success a wealthy entrepreneur called David Birnbaum has had in promoting his personal Theory of Everything, Summa Metaphysica. Burkeman says in passing: “The science writer Margaret Wertheim has made a specialism … Continue reading

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TRAFALGAR AND NELSON

TRAFALGAR * NELSON Richard Awdrey, Gloucestershire, to Sun Tel Letters 20.10.13: “A friend of mine, whose ancestor was admiral of the fleet, always said that Nelson was a great sailor, although not immensely superior to the French. He put Nelson’s … Continue reading

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THEE AND THOU, YOU AND YE

Letter to Telegraph 13.9.13, from Philip Roe, St Albans: “Allison Pearson’s ideas about how Shakespeare would write Downton Abbey were ingenious and amusing, but included a common misunderstanding: she has Carson address Lord Grantham as ‘thou’. “Thou in Shakespeare is … Continue reading

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HOW WHITE PICKERS AND BLACK SINGERS PUT MUSCLE INTO SOUL

  This trail started with a feature by Mick Brown, in Telegraph Mag 19.10.13, on Muscle Shoals, Alabama, pop. 69,000 (er, to be checked), where white country boys who “took a left turn at the blues”, in the words of … Continue reading

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Strypes hog the glory in Glastonbury play-off

22.10.13 After watching Glastonbury from the sofa, I tipped The Strypes, young Irish rockers looking like the Stones must have done at their age, and First Aid Kit, two Swedish sisters who turned themselves into a complete recipe for liquefying … Continue reading

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RADIO MINIDISK 2 – AFRICAN’N’WESTERN

A bit of a hasty one, because I’ve got a lot going on right now, but having set myself up as a blogger, I ought to blog. For now, posting Radio Minidisk 2, which should play okay from a click … Continue reading

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PIRATES

PIRATES Get one up on the average Johnny Depp fan by checking out a fascinating series of essays on Real Pirates by poet and author James Fenton. Go to http://www.jamesfenton.com/essays/imgb/ and find Inspirational Rogues and The Mores of Buccaneers and … Continue reading

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Cool chocolate

I’m always impressed by Sheffield’s knowledge of offbeat Americana. My diary has lately been cleared of almost everything except preparations for moving house but the missis and I took an evening off for a run down the motorway to The … Continue reading

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