It is a delight to discover a well crafted book from Down Under, which seems to contradict the assertion that Australia is not yet in full possession of its own culture. The facts suggest otherwise.
Across the border from Tucson, Arizona, where six people were killed and 13 injured in last week’s “shooting incident”, lies Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico. 3,100 people out of a population of more than a million were killed here in the course of 2010. Now, the name of another woman has been added to the death toll. Continue reading Another day, another murder
Among the “100 things we didn’t know last year” was the fact that the peculiarly English word “scrumpy” originally meant small and shrivelled. It is also a dialect word for a small apple. Continue reading Confessions of an English apple scrumper
During one of my school holidays, I worked in Pegrum’s bakery, the firm that supplied the village I lived in with freshly baked loaves: split tin, cottage, sandwich, milk loaf, cob, farmhouse, baton, brown, white, granary… Those were the days! Continue reading Give us our daily bread
T. S. Eliot’s poem The Journey of the Magi, published in 1930, recalls Epiphany and people’s profound sense of alienation and powerlessness in an uncaring world. Here is a version for today.
Research in the USA – rumoured to have been funded by the George W. Bush Foundation for the Advancement of Knowledge – has confirmed that Neanderthals cooked and ate vegetables and plants. Continue reading Stone Age teething problems
2011 marks the one hundredth anniversary of Elgar’s symphony No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 63. It was completed on 28 February 1911 and first performed two months later at the London Musical Festival by the Queen’s Hall Orchestra with the composer conducting.