About the Grenfell Tower fire, and our need to be human

About the Grenfell Tower fire, and our need to be human

I went my normal way home from school this morning. Through the park, over the hill, with its views across London. There it was, on the other side of the city. A rising grey column from a narrow point, turning gradually into wisps blowing northwards, like a...

How much do we really know each other?

I’ve been immersed this week in a friend’s book – a memoir of a marriage that turned out to be anything but what she thought it was. It’s so far unpublished, though I truly hope it finds a publisher to do it justice. It’s been a...

What would you be, if you could be anything?

Last week I went to a major retrospective of American pop artist Robert Rauschenberg at London’s Tate Modern. Rauschenberg was a hugely influential figure in American art, connected with many other artists, musicians and creatives, including a number of dancers and...

We don’t have to do everything, all the time

There’s been a video doing the rounds this week of Russian ice skater Evgeni Plushenko wowing the crowds with a routine to Tom Jones’ Sex Bomb from 2002. Plushenko is at the top of his game, a huge, dominant figure in men’s figure skating. Here it is:...

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