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Draw me a what’s-it cube | Adam Mars-Jones
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Cape, 323 pp., £18.99, August 2012, 978 0 224 09737 6.
13th  september  2012  lrb  adam  mars-jones  ian  mcewan  literature  book  review 
7 weeks ago by pnjman
Scorsese's New Documentary on Inscrutable Beatle George Harrison | Paul Theroux
George Harrison was liberated by rock and roll. Turns out Martin Scorsese was too.
25th  september  2011  newsweek  paul  theroux  profile  george  harrison  martin  scorsese 
9 weeks ago by pnjman
Boris Johnson is desperate to honour Jo Cox, so maybe he could talk about the real betrayal of the 17.4m | Mark Steel
He’s had this job thrust upon him. And we should all remember that any of us, when we’re under pressure, react by insulting the memory of a woman who was murdered.
mark  steel  independent  politics  26th  september  2019  boris  johnson 
september 2019 by pnjman
Boris Johnson has gone so barmy he doesn’t even know what a journalist looks like | Mark Steel
It’s possible the prime minister had mistaken them for nurses and surgeons, which as we know look uncannily like cameras and tripods.
20th  september  2019  independent  mark  steel  politics  boris  johnson 
september 2019 by pnjman
The Tories are playing Anarchy in the UK while Labour goes out of tune | Mark Steel
Iain Duncan Smith is convinced that 17.4 million people – and no mathematician has ever been able to think of a bigger number, remember – voted explicitly to pay £35 for a tomato.
politics  mark  steel  independent  12th  september  2019 
september 2019 by pnjman
Imagine Diane Abbott sprawled on the front bench, texting mates. The Tory media would have been fine with that too | Mark Steel
In any reasonable, measured society, Jacob Rees-Mogg would be in a circus, billed as ‘The Gentry from another Century’. And people gather to watch him polish his monocle.
politics  mark  steel  independent  5th  september  2019 
september 2019 by pnjman
The man who brought you Brexit | Sam Knight
Britain’s vote to leave the EU was the grand finale of a 25-year campaign by a lonely sect of true believers. Daniel Hannan wrote the script.
29th  september  2016  guardian  sam  knight  politics  brexit  profile  daniel  hannan 
january 2019 by pnjman
A Long and Messy Business by Rowley Leigh | Jonathan Meades
Leigh is a great chef who’s at home both on the page and in the kitchen.
27th  september  2018  evening  standard  jonathan  meades  cooking  book  review  rowley  leigh 
october 2018 by pnjman
I'm not worried that we're stockpiling food for Brexit – if anything, I'm glad | Mark Steel
Eventually we’ll be fighting each other to the death for an OXO cube, grunting ‘we’ve got our country back’.
politics  mark  steel  independent  27th  september  2018  brexit 
september 2018 by pnjman
The Resilient Street Food Of Xi’an | Justin Bergman
The Muslim Quarter in the ancient Silk Road city is being swallowed by tourism and development, but some local food lovers are trying to keep the old traditions alive.
21st  september  2018  roads&kingdoms  justin  bergman  food  china  xi'an 
september 2018 by pnjman
Theresa May is trying to make us so bored with Brexit that we agree to anything | Mark Steel
No one will ever satisfy the people who scream complaints such as 'We used to have proper singers, like Engelbert Humperdinck, before the EU made all our music go metric'.
mark  politics  steel  independent  20th  september  2018  brexit 
september 2018 by pnjman
Nothing annoys Richard Branson more than other people's lateness – and as someone who relies on his trains, I agree | Mark Steel
Even these people who love crazy adventures, who row across the Pacific in a hollowed out zebra, or run across Syria carrying a combination boiler, aren’t so foolish as to attempt the rail journey from London to Brighton at a weekend.
mark  steel  independent  2018  september  13th 
september 2018 by pnjman
How do our surroundings affect our health and happiness? | Jonathan Meades
Iain Sinclair searches for answers in the back streets of Marseille and the ruined cottages of the Outer Hebrides.
jonathan  meades  15th  september  2018  book  review  iain  sinclair  architecture  spectator 
september 2018 by pnjman
Tony Blair and Matteo Salvini – the politics of the centre we're 'crying out for' | Mark Steel
Blair’s reason for being in the centre was that we have to be realistic. That's now been updated to, 'we have to be so realistic, we deny the reality'.  Maybe their problem – and they may need to look into this, as it’s complicated – is that things can change.
politics  mark  steel  independent  2018  6th  september 
september 2018 by pnjman
Myth and Reason on the Mexican Border | Paul Theroux
A firsthand look at life along the blurry 2,000-mile line.
21st  september  2016  smithsonian  paul  theroux  travel  mexico  usa 
may 2018 by pnjman
The Malawi I Loved | Paul Theroux
Half a century since serving in the Peace Corps in Nyasaland, I recall my first infatuation with a landscape and its people.
19th  september  2013  departures  paul  theroux  malawi 
may 2018 by pnjman
Landlords are right about Corbyn's crazy proposals to control rent | Mark Steel
Remember: in the 1950s, when there were millions of council houses that people lived in and looked after and cherished, they were all miserable because they couldn’t bear the thought of not making a landlord as rich as possible.
28th  september  2017  independent  mark  steel  politics 
september 2017 by pnjman
I'm glad the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy has so many rules – the kids will be well prepared for their exchange trip to North Korea | Mark Steel
This is certain to work, because if you look at anyone who’s ever done anything successful, it’s always because they were told to smile or be punished and vomit in a bucket. When Einstein came up with the theory of relativity, it was almost certainly in an identical environment.
mark  steel  independent  politics  21st  september  2017 
september 2017 by pnjman
We need to hear all sides of the story in the Grenfell Tower inquiry, not just one-sided anti-fire views | Mark Steel
The council press officer was reported as saying that ‘numbers of people moved to permanent accommodation is not a metric we are using’. This is just as well, because you don’t want to confuse how well you’re doing in rehousing families by counting the number of families you’ve rehoused.
mark  steel  independent  2017  september  14th  grenfell  tower 
september 2017 by pnjman
George Osborne's Revenge | Ed Caesar
No one saw it coming: in March, to the shock of his friends, the horror of his enemies and the dismay of many observers, especially in the press, George Osborne — abruptly sacked as chancellor of the exchequer by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in the wake of Brexit — was appointed editor of the London Evening Standard. Since then, the novice journalist has turned his newspaper into a powerful stick with which to beat May and her government, and told his allies that he wants her 'chopped up in bags in my freezer'. He has also made the Standard a must-read for political junkies, for the first time in years. What does Osborne hope to achieve? Is he only out for revenge? Or does he still believe that one day, with his Tory foes put to the sword and his Labour opponents dispatched, he might have another shot at Number 10?
esquire  ed  caesar  13th  september  2017  george  osbourne  politics  profile 
september 2017 by pnjman
On the Brink | Evan Osnos
On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?
18th  september  2017  new  yorker  evan  osnos  politics  korea  north 
september 2017 by pnjman
A Place for All People by Richard Rogers – architecture and the elite | Jonathan Meades
The greatest architect of his age recalls his life and career, from the Pompidou Centre to New Labour’s great and good.
8th  september  2017  guardian  jonathan  meades  architecture  book  review  richard  rogers 
september 2017 by pnjman
The success of the Brexit negotiations show that we're finally getting our country back | Mark Steel
Proper British jobs such as knight, chimney sweep, coming 26th in Eurovision and weeing in a foreign fountain will be reserved for BRITISH workers.
7th  september  2017  mark  steel  independent  politics  brexit 
september 2017 by pnjman
Stanley, I presume | Paul Theroux
A new biography of Henry Morton Stanley.
30th  september  2007  nyt  paul  theroux  literature  book  review  henry  morton  stanley  tim  jeal 
april 2017 by pnjman
With friends like these... | Paul Theroux
Bruce Chatwin was a solitary traveller but his letters reveal a need to know the great and the glamorous.
2nd  september  2010  telegraph  paul  theroux  literature  book  review  bruce  chatwin 
january 2017 by pnjman
The bubble that turned into a tide: how London got hooked on gentrification | Matthew Engel
Gentrification is a familiar story in the capital – but now even the 1% are being squeezed out. What do the stories of Peckham, Holland Park and Chelsea tell us about the new reality?
24th  september  2016  guardian  matthew  engel  london  housing 
september 2016 by pnjman
The Labour leadership battle will soon be over – for about three minutes | Mark Steel
We were more than willing to give him a chance,’ his opponents will say. ‘Indeed for the first 40 seconds some of us even nodded, but over the last minute our poll ratings have failed to improve so we have no choice.
mark  steel  independent  22nd  september  2016  politics  labour  jeremy  corbyn 
september 2016 by pnjman
I feel sorry for Concentrix – they were just very enthusiastic about cutting benefits | Mark Steel
Yes, one woman's benefits were stopped because a dead man who once lived in her house was assumed to be her partner, but that's just what happens when you're enthusiastic about putting the government's words into practice.
politics  mark  steel  independent  15th  september  2016 
september 2016 by pnjman
Short Cuts | Jonathan Meades
Concorde was seen in the sky over West London for the first time in late June 1969. Less than a month later Neil Armstrong stepped from Apollo 11 onto the moon. The future had arrived. It was tangible, it was thrilling, it was now. We came to believe that we were all part of an adventure without end. This was just the beginning, the new beginning. What we didn’t realise was that this was it. A peak had been achieved. The only way was down. We would wonder what had happened to that chimera. Had it been nothing more than an evanescent abstraction? A temporal analogue of Neverland? Had Laika died in vain?
8th  september  2016  lrb  jonathan  meades  book  review 
september 2016 by pnjman
Estuarial towns are an architectural utopia | Jonathan Meades
A look at the weird constructions and sublime landscapes of the Thames and Medway estuaries.
3rd  september  2016  spectator  jonathan  meades  architecture  kent  essex 
september 2016 by pnjman
Reforming Ukraine After the Revolutions | Joshua Yaffa
Two muckraking journalists had contempt for Ukraine’s corrupt political system. So they became politicians.
5th  september  2016  new  yorker  joshua  yaffa  ukraine  politics 
august 2016 by pnjman
At Sea With McPhee | Paul Theroux
Looking for a Ship. By John McPhee. 242 pp. New York: Parrar, Straus & Giroux. $ 18.95.
23rd  september  1990  nyt  paul  theroux  literature  book  review  travel 
august 2016 by pnjman
Why we need nature writing | Robert Macfarlane
A new “culture of nature” is changing the way we live – and could change our politics, too.
2nd  september  2015  new  statesman  robert  macfarlane  ecology  literature 
august 2016 by pnjman
Grand Opening in Hong Kong | Paul Theroux
Bringing a Sense of Space and Airiness to a Remodel by the Water.
30th  september  2006  paul  theroux  architectural  digest 
july 2016 by pnjman
God, football and brutophilia - and why my memoir was 17 years late | Jonathan Meades
This is a transcript of a talk, ‘Composing the Past’, given at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 26 August 2015, about writing An Encyclopaedia of Myself, which won the Spears Memoir Prize and was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley award.
25th  september  2015  jonathan  meades  spectator 
july 2016 by pnjman
Echo in the Dark | David Remnick
A radio station strives to keep the airwaves free.
22nd  september  2008  new  yorker  david  remnick  russia  radio  politics  media 
may 2016 by pnjman
The Long Dig | Burkhard Bilger
Getting through the Swiss Alps the hard way.
15th  september  2008  new  yorker  burkhard  bilger  engineering  tunnels 
april 2016 by pnjman
Birmingham’s multicultural population ideal for clinical trials | Andrew Ward
With its art deco design and red-brick structure, the original premises of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, is a symbol of 20th century medicine.
28th  september  2015  ft  andrew  ward  birmingham  medicine  science 
january 2016 by pnjman
A Facelift for Shakespeare | John H. McWhorter
A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences.
25th  september  2015  wsj  john  mcwhorter  shakespeare  literature  language  culture 
september 2015 by pnjman
Tolkien‘s ‘immortal four’ meet for the last time | John Garth
One hundred years ago today, four young men convened in an English town, not having seen each other for some time. What makes this trivial event significant is that one of them was J R R Tolkien, and the four comprised what his first ‘fellowship’, the TCBS – a group with a profound impact on his youth and on his legendarium. This reunion, on 25 and 26 September 1915, was the last time the four met before they were separated, permanently, by war.
2015  september  john  tolkien  25th  garth 
september 2015 by pnjman
Bomb both sides in Syria and we’ll fix the country in a jiffy | Mark Steel
We could also bomb Hell, and within a month the residents would say ‘We were better off under Satan’.
24th  september  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics  syria 
september 2015 by pnjman
Jeremy Corbyn won't stop until everyone in Britain is offended | Mark Steel
He didn’t give a job to Yvette Cooper, because she wouldn't take it. But if he really cared about feminism, he’d have said, “You’ll do whatever job I bloody well give you, love.”
Jeremy  2015  september  corbyn  17th  politics  independent  mark  steel 
september 2015 by pnjman
Why the Indian Super League Is My New Footballing Obsession | Clive Martin
Marco Materazzi managing Elano deep in Tamil territory; Jon Arne Riise bringing his spectacular ginger foot to Delhi; Lucio succeeding Robert Pires as the star man in the hippy paradise of Goa. What more could you want?
11th  vice  india  martin  september  football  2015  clive 
september 2015 by pnjman
How Strictly vote would turn out if Labour organised it | Mark Steel
A new responsibility for the party after its leading figures managed to brand new supporters “infiltrators” and party colleagues “morons”.
labour  steel  mark  september  politics  2015  10th  mirror  Jeremy  corbyn 
september 2015 by pnjman
A Soccer Comeback for a Long-Struggling Country | Sean Williams
Throughout Albania’s troubled history, soccer has long been a way of life; now, the nation’s teams are finally coming into their own.
5th  september  2015  new  yorker  sean  williams  football  albania 
september 2015 by pnjman
Art into ashes | James Meek
Four months ago, fire swept through an east London warehouse rented by the storage company Momart. Hundreds of works by leading British artists were destroyed in the blaze. It was dubbed a disaster by some - and celebrated by much of the rest of the country. In the most extensive investigation so far, James Meek examines why so many significant pieces of art were put at risk and assesses the real cost of the inferno
23rd  september  2004  guardian  james  meek 
june 2015 by pnjman
Will no one stop the march of localism? | Jonathan Meades
Scotland’s vote feels like a beginning, not an ending. But how many levels of overpaid functionaries does a country need?
independent  meades  politics  2014  jonathan  21st  september  sunday 
march 2015 by pnjman
Brutalism is architecture for grown ups | Jonathan Meades
There was good Brutalism and bad. But even the bad was done in earnest.
15th  september  2014  dezeen  jonathan  meades  architecture  brutalism 
march 2015 by pnjman
How We Happened to Sell Off Our Electricity | James Meek
Does it matter that the power Britain relies on to make the country glow and hum no longer belongs to Britain? After all, the lights still shine. The phones still charge. Does it matter that the old electricity suppliers of eastern and north-west England and the English Midlands, the coal-fired power stations of Kingsnorth, Ironbridge and Ratcliffe-on-Soar, the turbine shops at Hams Hall, the oil and gas stations on the Isle of Grain, Killingholme, Enfield and Cottam are the property of E.ON of Düsseldorf? Is it of significance only to sentimental Little Englanders that the former electricity boards of Tyneside and Yorkshire, the power stations at Didcot in Oxfordshire, Fawley in Hampshire, Tilbury in Essex, Littlebrook in Kent, Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, Little Barford in Bedfordshire and Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire belong to RWE of Essen (the last being the only one the German company built itself)? Is it a sign of some atavistic hostility to the Other – nationalism, chauvinism, even racism – to find it strange that the one-time public purveyors of electricity in North Wales, Merseyside and southern Scotland, along with another set of large power stations, are owned by Iberdrola of Bilbao? Are you an enemy of liberal principles if you question the fact that, when local electrical engineers dig up the roads in London, they’re working for East Asia’s richest man, the Hong Kong-based Li Ka-shing? In north-east England, they work for Warren Buffett; in Birmingham, Cardiff and Plymouth, the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company; in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Liverpool, Iberdrola; in Manchester, a consortium of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and a J.P. Morgan investment fund.
2012  meek  james  september  13th  politics  lrb 
january 2015 by pnjman
An unknown vision of Middle-earth | Paul Tankard
J. R. R. Tolkien thought illustrations did “little good” to stories of the fantasy or fairy-tale kind – but when it came to The Lord of the Rings, the ill-fated work of Mary Fairburn made him reconsider.
12th  september  2012  tls  paul  tankard  tolkien  lotr  literature 
november 2014 by pnjman
Wales: can the slumbering dragon awake? | Simon Jenkins
The upheaval after Scotland’s vote should bring a historic moment for Wales. But, can it finally seize the opportunity to become more than a ‘nearly nation’?
30th  september  2014  guardian  simon  jenkins  politics  wales 
october 2014 by pnjman
So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England? | Mark Steel
Leaving Britain would mean no longer being ruled by a government that blames the poor for swiping all the wealth.
independent  steel  19th  mark  scotland  politics  september  2014 
september 2014 by pnjman
My sex tapes are everywhere. But I just can’t bear to watch… | David Mitchell
My real-life shagging has not been self-conscious. So I can cling to the hope that I make different faces than I do while faking on Peep Show.
observer  mitchell  september  david  2014  14th 
september 2014 by pnjman
The truth about England under Roy Hodgson: Young players are making real progress | Gary Neville
Some of the criticism of the supposedly 'conservative' England manager has not been fair – the win in Switzerland proved there is no disaster to report.
2014  telegraph  england  neville  gary  football  september  12th 
september 2014 by pnjman
David Cameron can’t help the No campaign – he’s less popular in Scotland than Windows 8 | Charlie Brooker
The first rule of panic mode is you don’t talk about panic mode. And this is purely for personal reasons, but I don’t want Scotland to reject us.
8th  guardian  charlie  brooker  scotland  politics  september  2014 
september 2014 by pnjman
Why not kill them all? | Keith Gessen
Mikhail Mishin is a small, fit man with a couple of gold teeth in his mouth. He grew up in Makeevka, a large town next to Donetsk, and for several years played professional football, rising to the Ukrainian Second League before eventually quitting at the age of 28. After a few tough years, his father helped him find work in the sports section of city government. He lobbied for money for sports facilities and attended their opening ceremonies, where he always gave a short speech about the moral and physical benefits of sport. No scholar of languages, he was never able to master Ukrainian fully, which perhaps would have kept him from climbing higher in politics if things hadn’t taken a strange turn for him, and the Donbass region, earlier this year. In any case, around Donetsk, Russian was the only language necessary for overseeing children’s football tournaments. Mishin’s salary was $300 a month and he didn’t own a car, but he didn’t mind too much. His costs were low – he was unmarried and lived in his parents’ flat – and if he needed a ride somewhere, his best friend Aleksandr was always happy to drive.
11th  september  2014  lrb  keith  gessen  politics  ukraine 
september 2014 by pnjman
'Young, Loud, and Snotty' | Eric Weisbard
Green Day's unexpected rise from Gilman Street Punk urchins to MTV poster children has not come without a price.
september  1994  spin  eric  weisbard  music  culture  green  day 
february 2014 by pnjman
Pedestrian Mania | Brian Phillips
How Edward Payson Weston became the most well-known athlete in the world … in the 1870s.
7th  september  2012  grantland  brian  phillips  sport  walking 
january 2014 by pnjman
Slouching toward Hollywood | Matt Zoller
Can four young Dallas filmmakers sell their dream-and still keep their souls?
1995  7th  anderson  bottlerocket  culture  dallas  films  luke  matt  observer  owen  seitz  september  wes  wilson  zoller 
october 2013 by pnjman
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