Author Archives: Houyhnhnm

così fan tutte and a portrait of the artist as a young man

così fan tutte (live from the met at the odeon south woodford) as with tosca, i was surprised, and pleased, at the level of dark, serious stuff, but this time more so, as superficially it’s a comedy spying on their … Continue reading

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lauren scott and the seahorse, by chris jones, and trip to windsor and eton

lauren scott and the seahorse (a teenager novel self-published by a friend) a fantastic first chapter – a gripping opening, strongly establishing the futuristic london, and pulling my eyes along the lines of the page as the chase became intense; … Continue reading

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london’s hidden rivers and hamlet

london’s hidden rivers, by david fathers north of the thames (west to east) Stamford Brook Counter’s Creek River Westbourne River Tyburn River Fleet Hackney Brook River Walbrook south of the thames (west to east) Falcon Brook River Effra River Neckinger … Continue reading

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being adam golightly and the ferryman

being adam golightly an account of how a middle-aged widower with kids has begun to rebuild not his life but a new one – ‘not the same life as before but just a bit crappier’, but something different the account … Continue reading

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the day of the triffids and a visit to bamford quaker community

the day of the triffids far better than i expected (i’d grabbed it from a friend’s shelves in a oh-i-haven’t-read-that-and-really-should-have mood) (though i had enjoyed the midwich cuckoos) – a dark, sober, and believable evocation of london as it might … Continue reading

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silence and the shape of water

SPOILERS silence shusaku endo’s novel (and scorsese’s film) is set during the persecution of portuguese jesuit missionaries in 16th-century japan, but its impact is more 20th-century existential: the story of rodriguez’s slow progress to apostasy is closer to winston smith’s … Continue reading

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the scythians at the british museum

interesting to think about the contrast between the rich, immersive environment created by the exhibition’s curators and the paucity of hard evidence of how the scythians actually lived their lives – so many conclusions are based on guesswork from knowledge … Continue reading

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The Moral Maze on veganism and animal rights (Radio 4)

Panel: chair: Michael Buerk human exceptionalist: Clare Fox three worried carnivores: Ann McElvoy, Matthew Taylor (whose book The Philosopher and the Wolf I later read), Giles Fraser interviews Anthony Warner (The Angry Chef) Claim: ‘no guilt or shame about what you eat’ … Continue reading

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Boxes

Space Oddity Boxes pimped in transformative ending Grease, Withnail on betrayal of youth in achieving worldly success About getting jobs, crappy jobs, selling out Technical skill in devising and moving the boxes, symbols at first of constraint and social straitjacketing … Continue reading

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endings

a meeting by the river (christopher isherwood) tales of the city by armistead maupin the restaurant at the end of the universe by douglas adams plato’s phaedo neil gaiman’s stardust book 1 of thucydides’ history of the peloponnesian war dan … Continue reading

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