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A problem arises when it is assumed that professional playing experience is the sole source of authority.
Will Daily Mail columnists now end their campaign of denigration against Operation Yewtree?
If the public is unsure what Miliband stands for, it is partly because he has often appeared unsure himself.
In five years as a columnist and commentator who also happens to be young and female, I have lost count of the times I have been encouraged by editors to write about being a woman, in a way that is “provocative” without really challenging sexism.
Matthew Sperling looks at new poetry collections by Paul Batchelor, Oli Hazzard, and Toby Martinez de las Rivas.
Jonathan Bate traces the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.
All ten cities share a self-confident belief: that it is quite unthinkable any of their number might ever dim or wither, no matter the tides of human history that sweep around them.
The shift towards English identity is a long-term phenomenon that is probably irreversible.
Is it just me or is everyone enjoying saying the word “Kukushkin” rather a lot?
It's a case of knee jerk by proxy, says Nicholas Lezard.
There is no shortage of life drawing lessons but these seem to be the only classes in which live animals – owls – are doing the modelling.
I had gone to Dublin with the express intention of understanding a city that to me has always seemed incoherent – and even a little minatory.
What should you pack for the summer holiday?
This is a book is stuffed with such wonderful stories, recounted by the people who were there at every level of music-making: players, producers, writers, comedians, friends and fans.
The Manic Street Preachers talk to Dorian Lynskey about meeting Castro, losing faith in politics and why Europe is a “unified art movement”.
Critics and audiences may have long given up on British painter-turned-director Peter Greenaway, but his sensuous, smart, arty films are asking questions few others would dare to contemplate.
Storm, despite being a spy at the forefront of western intelligence efforts, was primarily driven by a desperate need to belong.
While it’s generous and sensible to give the fans what they want, the familiarity of the material starts to feel weird.
Nothing on telly is going to be this good for some time to come.
Spain has emerged from ossification since Franco’s death, and nowhere more admirably than in its wine industry.
I am honestly and truly now coming to the conclusion that England did astonishingly well. In fact, they overachieved.
Given we had bought the house from friends, I consigned the pampas “fact” to a small compartment at the back of my mind…
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