Last week I watched “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” for the first time. Continue reading Gentlemen prefer blondes, but ladies prefer diamonds. Materialism and the modern woman
Occasionally, my cat indulges in some light reading… Continue reading Wordless Wednesday
A fascinatinating discussion about Greece – ancient and modern. I snuck in with Mary Beard’s book to ask for an autograph… Save Continue reading Wordless Wednesday-an evening in a bookshop
J.K.Rowling’s Twitter is not merely a publicity campaign for her books, it is a social platform for her beliefs. Continue reading Why Joanna Trollope (and everyone else) should appreciate what J.K. Rowling is doing on social media
The only real Mr Darcy is the interaction of pen on paper. Continue reading What did Austen’s Mr Darcy really look like?
“It was one of countless similar songs published for the benefit of the proles by a sub-section of the Music Department.” Continue reading George Orwell predicted 21st-century pop music
On the one hand, we are obsessed with collecting data: our smartwatches take note of our every move. On the other hand, we have a growing distrust of experts and the rise of what Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway calls ‘alternative facts’. What is behind our attitude to facts and data? Continue reading The dominion of fact
It’s the time of the year when every major retailer: Argos, John Lewis, Amazon – you name it – has decided to tell me that I need to get fitter Continue reading On the corporate cult of fitness