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9:00am Thursday 4th July 2013
'Along this particular stretch of line no express had passed,’ wrote Aldous Huxley. His alter ego, Denis, was on the train to Crome, a thinly disguised Garsington Manor, home of the literary salon of Ottoline Morrell.
10:44am Thursday 18th April 2013
8:10am Thursday 4th April 2013
Today’s poets can only marvel at John Betjeman’s popularity. By the time he died in 1984, he had sold more than two million copies of his books. He is now remembered for urging the Germans to drop their “friendly bombs” on Slough, as well as his passion for Victorian churches and young ladies playing tennis.
4:07pm Thursday 21st February 2013
2:04pm Tuesday 12th February 2013
11:13am Thursday 31st January 2013
11:47am Thursday 24th January 2013
4:22pm Tuesday 15th January 2013
Oxford walkers making for the hills often choose the Cotswolds or the Chilterns, so I was intrigued when I saw a walk entitled ‘Oxford Hills and the River Thame’ in a small book called Walking in the Thames Valley.
11:30am Monday 31st December 2012
5:54pm Friday 7th December 2012
We were clambering along the bare knuckle of one of Porthtowan's cliffs when the storm hit.Not just a dousing of English rain, but the full force of Mother Nature chasing in, throwing a whole bruised sky at us. And, with nowhere to hide, I just got soaked, took my wet jeans off and - um, how to say this without being sectioned? - listened to the voices.
1:49pm Thursday 25th October 2012
3:21pm Thursday 4th October 2012
There seems to be a trend adopted by comedians — good ones anyway. They start out, work ferociously hard to get to where they want to, tour relentlessly, do TV and then burn out and stop, bored of the nomadic loneliness of stand-up. But after years in the wilderness, the itch just won’t go away. It gets worse with every year of exile until, unable to contain themselves, they’re forced back on stage, older and wiser. This has been the case recently with Stephen Merchant, Paul Merton, Alan Davies and now Alexei Sayle, who last toured in anger last century.
3:17pm Thursday 4th October 2012
Luc Steels is late for our interview. Apparently there’s an emergency and he needs to postpone. As he’s an expert in developing robot behaviour, I had visions of him trying to contain a James Bond style break-out at his HQ in Barcelona. Disappointingly it turns out to be a personal matter and nothing to worry about.