Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Joy of Six 1038

"Johnson’s personal greed, hypocrisy, clumsy lies and sheer extravagance in overseeing the distribution of billions of pounds in government contracts to 'VIP' donors and friends of government ministers have made the workings of this machine all too publicly visible." Tom Scott says the Conservative Party will almost certainly act to remove Boris Johnson in the near future.

To preserve our environment, we must realise that nature is not elsewhere - in the safari park or on an eco-resort - but here and everywhere, argues John Burnside.

Jonathan Meades revisits the county of his boyhood: "Wiltshire, in the grip of the Church, the army and the past, gets the architecture and sub-architecture that reflects those unhappy fates."

"Although it was the next major leap forward in visual storytelling after Citizen Kane, many did not recognise it until the ’70s. The lyrical nature of the horror on the screen was perfectly complemented by the fantastic screenplay by James Agee." Swapnil Dhruv Bose on Charles Laughton's masterpiece Night of the Hunter.

The background to Marianne Faithfull's hit As Tears Go By is explored by Mick McStarkey.

Kathryn Burrington finds that the path to Halnaker Windmill is "a magical tunnel of trees".

Monday, January 24, 2022

Walking the secret alignments of London with John Rogers

A walk linking Bunhill Fields, Bunhill Row, Old Street, St Luke's and City Road. It takes in the burial places of William Blake and Daniel Defoe.

John Rogers has a Patreon account to support his videos and blogs at The Lost Byway.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

X Factor's Ray Quinn looks unrecognisable as he quits showbiz to become carpet fitter

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The Liverpool Echo wins our Headline of the Day Award.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Find me on social media

I'm afraid blogging is losing out to my caring responsibilities and I can't see that changing.

So maybe it's worth reminding you that I can also be found on Twitter and Instagram.