January 2014 (5)
Jan 29 2014 6:21PM
Taking Swan Lake to the Russian Embassy
It rained and rained and then it rained some more. Of course, that’s not news in London. But when out of that rain, against a threatening grey sky and across a main road with two lanes of traffic tearing along in each direction, appear...
Jan 23 2014 3:33PM
Egypt’s three years on the misery-go-round
Spotted on the side of a bus in my local area in east London the other day: “We’re moments. We’re timeless. We’re Egypt”. Yes, it was one of those bus banner adverts, enticing us to book a holiday in sun-kissed Egypt. Meanwhile, slight...
Jan 20 2014 4:50PM
Guantánamo: where there are no shades of grey
One of the books that detainees at Guantánamo Bay are reportedly banned from reading is 50 Shades of Grey, the international bestseller from the US writer EL James. Could it be that the US military authorities have decided that James’...
Jan 15 2014 7:36PM
A life sentence for saying 'I love you'
‘I’m very much in love with you.’ The words that made Roger Jean-Claude Mbede famous. And the words that, in a roundabout way, led to his early death. In 2011 Roger Jean-Claude Mbede texted someone to tell them he loved them. Because h...
Jan 10 2014 11:13AM
Slavery and popcorn: 12 Years a Slave
I saw this on the side of a bus this morning: “One of the best films ever made.” Oh hum. Film publicity hyperbole, don’t you just love it? Anyway, this highly unimaginative bit of hype was bigging up the new blockbuster about slavery 1...