BIG QUESTIONS IN SMALL TOWNS

NOUVEAU FRISSON

 
 
 

GEORGE STEINER

In his letter of March 27, Andrew Stewart claims that hostility to George Steiner in the Cambridge English Faculty of the 1960s prevented...

TIME TRAVEL

After producing a run of science fiction classics from The Time Machine to The War of the Worlds , H. G. Wells decided to try blending...

 
 
 

FREE FLIGHT

Of Strangers and Bees opens with a sting. The young author is in his grandmother's garden, a paradisical Eden. A perfect rose - “the...

BUILDINGS

This absorbing book is a prequel of sorts - though one suspects that's not a term Vaughan Hart would like - to his perhaps slightly...

 
 
 

TRAINS

In 1867, Mark Twain alighted a train at Dijon and “munched calmly through a long table d'hôte bill of fare, snail-patties, delicious...

BOOKS

Books invite interaction, as David Pearson notes in this impressive work; they absorb the presences of those who own them. The first...

 
 
 
Crossword 1321

CROSSWORD 1321

MEETING MR GEORGE

 
 
 

MARCH 2020

In March, Tim Parks wrote about life in Lombardy under lockdown, while Dan O'Brien reflected on his time in chemo quarantine; we published...

‘WHITE EGRETS VI'

Derek Walcott's White Egrets was published in 2010. This poem is from the collection's title sequence, which follows the birds through...

 
 
 

THE BLAME GAME GONE MAD

There was a very sad story in my local newspaper yesterday. It told of an elderly man who had allegedly killed his elderly wife, and...

House arrest. or penal incarceration?

HOUSE ARREST. OR PENAL INCARCERATION?

My isolation routine continues much as it has been for the last couple of weeks. Albeit a bit more distracted than usual, I have been...

 
 
 

BLINDED BY THE LIGHTS

WHOSE FRESH HELL?

 
 
 

THE BIRDS AND BEES

RELATIVE VALUES

 
 
 

MACHINES THAT BUZZ

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN

 
 
 



Coronavirus: Boris Johnson 'improving' and 'sitting up in bed', says...

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson 'improving' and 'sitting up in bed', says Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Boris Johnson remains in intensive care but is "improving" and "sitting up in bed" engaging with doctors, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said. Read more ...

Donald Trump says he will 'look at' pardoning Tiger King's Joe Exotic

Donald Trump says he will 'look at' pardoning Tiger King's Joe Exotic

President Trump said he would look at pardoning Joe Exotic, the star of the Netflix series 'Tiger King' who is currently serving 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot. Read more ...

Prince Charles and Camilla celebrate wedding anniversary during lockdown

Prince Charles and Camilla celebrate wedding anniversary during lockdown

Prince Charles and wife Camilla marked their 15th wedding anniversary by posing for an intimate photograph from their Scottish home on the Balmoral Estate days after the Prince... Read more ...

Sadio Mane admits he was 'thinking about Man Utd' before Liverpool transfer

Sadio Mane admits he was 'thinking about Man Utd' before Liverpool transfer

Mane has developed into one of the world's best players since his £34m switch to Jurgen Klopp's side, but has admitted he was anticipating a move to fierce rivals Manchester United Read more ...

Rapper Chynna Rogers Dead at 25

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West Philadelphia native and rapper Chynna Rogers has died at 25, E! News confirmed. "Chynna was deeply loved and will be sorely missed," said Rogers' family in a statement... Read more ...

Coronavirus: Premier League players launch charity fund to help NHS

Coronavirus: Premier League players launch charity fund to help NHS

Leading Premier League footballers have launched a fund for NHS charities called PlayersTogether to aid the fight against coronavirus. Read more ...

Lorry driver admits manslaughter of 39 people found dead in refrigerated truck

Lorry driver admits manslaughter of 39 people found dead in refrigerated truck

Maurice Robinson, 25, admitted the charges at the Old Bailey this afternoon. Read more ...

Ousted Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip to USS Roosevelt in Guam cost more...

Ousted Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip to USS Roosevelt in Guam cost more than $243,000

Former Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly flew 35 hours from Washington, DC, to Guam over the weekend to speak to sailors aboard the coronavirus-stricken USS Roosevelt. Read more ...

Premier League stars confirm coronavirus initiative to raise funds for NHS

Premier League stars confirm coronavirus initiative to raise funds for NHS

Premier League stars have confirmed they have started an initiative to help the NHS fight coronavirus. Read more ...

Anthony Fauci says people who recover from the coronavirus should be immune...

Anthony Fauci says people who recover from the coronavirus should be immune through at least September. But some scientists worry that not all patients develop antibodies

Dr. Anthony Fauci says people who recover from the coronavirus will likely be immune should a second wave of infection spread in the early fall. He explained that because the... Read more ...