Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jane Kelly

Jane Kelly
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Jane Kelly was a journalist with the Daily Mail for fifteen years. She now writes for the Spectator and the Salisbury Review.

Torn asunder, the family of hostages in a Nazi hell

The Lost Boys, by Catherine Bailey. Penguin, Random House, £20  AT the start of the Second World War, beautiful, blonde Fey Detalmo, granddaughter of Admiral...

Four little words that reveal all about you

A LADY at my local cathedral seemed very friendly. I was quite flattered, she being so pukka and, as my mother would have put...

Danger! White male artist on show!

I ALWAYS have the electronic commentary on at exhibitions. In the Chardin exhibition in 2000 it described how he painted fur – anyone could...

Theatres bow to posturing pupil power

FROM 1982 the RSC at the Barbican made Shakespeare a real presence in London. The theatre was easy to get to with a new...

Boris against the humbuggers

I FIRST met humbug full-on in April 2017 when attending a literary festival in Oxford, where old-fashioned feminist Jenni Murray of the BBC was...

The Lefties love illiteracy

IF YOU can read this you are probably over fifty. Tiny snippets in tabloid papers sometimes offer clues to major national issues. At the...

Clapped-out Corbyn and the age of applause

RECENTLY someone in the street wanted me to open a direct debit for charity. He suddenly raised his hand in front of my face....

The weird world of Channel 4’s dotty Dorothy

THERE was no Channel 4 News interview with Boris Johnson from Biarritz, as a few days earlier their head of news and current affairs,...

The lost art of old-school teaching

THE art teacher rasped: ‘As you have utterly failed to unify these dark tones, how are you going to manage the half tone correctly?’ Useless...

An encounter with Ms Self-Righteous

I MET someone on the bus who I know from my church. I was glad to see her: meeting people in the street and...

How the scourge of the middle classes missed the point

How the Middle Class Ruined Britain; BBC2 July 23, 2019  CHEEKY chappie Geoff Norcott, 42, claims to be the only Tory voter on the comedy...

Mental health issues – a user’s guide

A FRIEND is in trouble after naïvely writing a piece for Oxford’s Merton College magazine containing the words: 'Mertonians attended the college Gaudy, reviving...

Grievances to the fore at the summer art shows

ONCE, visiting an art show was something to do on a wet weekend. These days it’s all about attitude and identity; none of that...

You’ll be itching to read this . . .

I’VE always quite admired fleas, jumping eighty times their own height, and not surprised that William Blake drew one in profile in military uniform,...

TCW Summer Reads: Food for thought (large portion)

The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson; Fourth Estate 2019. AT home I eat from a melamine plate just over nine inches wide (23cm)...

For one night only, a return to the England we’ve lost

I AM reluctant to visit my old cultural haunts these days: I don’t bother any more with the RSC, the Globe or the National...

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