Consolations of the Forest
30 December 2014 | Culture
In Consolations of the Forest French author Sylvain Tesson heads off for a five month stay in a cabin on the shores of Lake Baikal in Russia – a retreat into the Siberian forest. It left me mildly disappointed. It sets out to be lyrical, to observe the land and nature...
Suspended Sentences – Patrick Modiano
29 December 2014 | Culture
This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to Frenchman Patrick Modiano and, as so often with the literature prize, I’m not alone in never having heard of him. ‘Very well known in France, hardly at all outside the country,’ is the comment. In fact most of his books a...
25 December 2014 | Culture
Mark Kitto started a what’s on magazine for expatriates in Guangzhou in the late 1990s, expanded it to That’s Shanghai and then That’s Beijing and then had the whole business taken away from him. One day he was locked out of his own office and told that despite all th...
22 December 2014 | Culture
He died yesterday, left a lot of great records and great performances, but also provided Lonely Planet with its name. Almost.
◄ Mad Dogs & Englishmen, a great rock & roll band on the road movie, a great double album
It’s 1973, Maureen and I have just...
The Cyclist Battalion
21 December 2014 | Living
Going through some boxes of old photographs and cards belonging to my elderly mother, who has recently moved into a nursing home, I came upon a 1916 Christmas card from my grandfather R E Ludlam sent from Bangalore in India when he was there with the 1/9th Battalion, ...