News archive from 29 January 2011, page 9

This week's new comedy

This week's new comedy

The Horne Section, LondonWhen Alex Horne stages a live show, you can expect him to push the boundaries. A member of BBC4's We Need Answers team alongside Mark Watson and Tim Key, his solo work has in the past involved him using a mix of stand-up and...

 

Saturday poem: In the Village by Derek Walcott

II Everybody in New York is in a sitcom. I'm in a Latin American novel, one in which an egret-haired viejo shakes with some invisible sorrow, some obscene affliction, and chronicles it secretly, till it shows in his face, the parenthetical wrinkles...

 
FORD'S NEW FOCUS OF ATTENTION

FORD'S NEW FOCUS OF ATTENTION

WHAT a way to celebrate your birthday – 2011 will see Ford enjoying its centenary in the UK and a position as Britain’s favourite car firm for the past 34 years. And as birthday presents go they don’t get much better than the new Focus. It’s easy to...

 
This week's new exhibitions

This week's new exhibitions

John Stezaker, LondonJohn Stezaker's precise little collages take a scalpel to the forgotten B-movie stars and picture postcard landscapes of yesteryear. With a few decisive incisions, headshots of pin-up men and women are sundered and recombined in...

 
This week's new theatre

This week's new theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream, SouthamptonNow here's a Shakespeare production that sounds a little different. Directed by the Gate Theatre's Natalie Abrahami, Headlong's latest touring production relocates Shakespeare's familiar play to a Hollywood studio...

 
My hero: the BBC World Service by Jeremy Paxman

My hero: the BBC World Service by Jeremy Paxman

I don't suppose there are many heroes who wear a cardigan and cords. But that's how I imagine the BBC World Service, an ageing uncle who's seen it all. It has a style that makes understatement seem like flamboyance. Yet I have never, ever, anywhere in...

 
Rereading: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Rereading: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

In Kazuo Ishiguro's 1995 novel The Unconsoled, Ryder, a pianist, is due to give an important concert in a foreign city. The novel is written in the form of an extended anxiety dream: manifold impediments spring up to delay his arrival at the concert...

 

Book reviews roundup

"Writing an autobiographical account of middle age is a brave undertaking, necessitating a great deal of self-scrutiny at a time of life when most of us would sooner look the other way and hope for the best." Cressida Connolly in the...

 

Ten of the best: walled gardens

The Song of Solomon The Old Testament's ecstatic lover finds a walled garden as the only adequate metaphor for his beloved. "A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed". In the garden grow "an orchard...

 

Letters: Ian McEwan can't escape the politics

We thank Ian McEwan for responding to our letter (Letters, 24 January), but we, the undersigned, must continue to express our profound disagreement with his decision to accept the Jerusalem prize. Courtesy does not oblige us to respect a decision that...

 
Arundhati Roy: India's bold and brilliant daughter

Arundhati Roy: India's bold and brilliant daughter

Arundhati Roy will turn 50 this year. I hope to be excused of sexism (would one write this of a man?) when I say that she looks no more than 35 at most. Her vitality has always been striking. I remember her from one of her early visits to London as a...

 
A stage of her own: Elisabeth Scott and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

A stage of her own: Elisabeth Scott and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

In January 1928 Elisabeth Scott won the international competition for the new Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. The only woman in a field of more than 70, she was still too young to vote. Yet three eminent architects, two English,...

 

Michael Holden's All ears

Walking down a side street I was suddenly overtaken by two young men making quickly toward the main road and kicking around a conversation of sufficient merit and volume that I found myself having to speed up in order to keep abreast of it. Man 1...

 
'Don't fence off my memories'

'Don't fence off my memories'

I'm back in the Forest of Dean, my all-time favourite place and childhood playground, trampling through 1,000-year-old woodland, the snow clinging to the mossy branches of the trees. Behind me, my father, 75, is chatting to my three-year-old about...

 
Tony Christie: Is this the way to reinvention?

Tony Christie: Is this the way to reinvention?

Before Tony Christie's son came along to rescue his father's career – which, if not quite in the doldrums, was certainly gathering dust on its creaking rafters – Sheffield's answer to Tom Jones was in many ways a relic of a bygone era. Outwardly, at...

 


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