Friday, November 27, 2020

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.

Otto and Lotte, a Nazi love story

The Ratline by Philippe Sands; Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20.00 (£14.93 at Amazon)AUSTRIAN art lover Charlotte ‘Lotte’ Wachter was an avid tourist; in 1939, captivated...

The lost art of laughter

I RECENTLY had the luck to see Murder Ahoy! on TCM, which shows classic films on TV, aimed mainly at the over-50s. Made in 1964, it...

Call me a racist, but I say lopping off heads is barbaric

ON October 16 teacher Samuel Paty had his head hacked off by a jihadist in Paris. Paty’s ‘crime’ was to discuss the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad...

Mixed blessings from the Chinese bat munchers

SOME things have improved due to the Chinese habit of eating bats: children now have to sit in rows, spaced out, facing the front....

Take off that pith helmet – unless you’re brown or black!

AFTER ignoring warnings about what I was to see, I found myself enjoying The Singapore Grip, a new Sunday night series on ITV. I hardly ever watch TV...

Down on Virtue Farm with Radio 4 … talking a load of manure

IT used to be soothing to drift into Sunday listening to BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm, hearing advice on stockpersonship and agricultural practice.  Recent issues have...

Don’t get old if you’re childless

MY DAYS have lost structure since the lockdown but I do regularly see my 94-year-old neighbour. She has regular carers coming in but I...

Short story: Afternoon tea with Vera

I SOMETIMES see Vera in the street, a small scurrying person with that slightly distracted look older women sometimes have, as if they might...

I’m living proof – you CAN forget how to ride a bike

‘EVERYONE’S getting on their bikes,’ said a voice from the radio. I walked to my first cycling lesson along the middle of Oxford High...

Colourless comedy

I ENJOY the BBC radio comedy Clare in the Community,* which started in 2004 before BBC comedy was replaced by people calling themselves ‘stand-ups,’ mainly women...

Nature nullified, Greta grating again … here comes the New Normal

NO one knows how this thing will end, but we conjecture, all the time. We are told that pubs and restaurants may have some...

Facts Don’t Matter in the new world order

I LIKE the idea of further study but didn’t expect to have a whole new learning suddenly imposed on me. Like many I am...

Lost in cyberspace

LIKE most of us under lockdown, I’ve become better acquainted with being required to perform apparently impossible tasks or as we in the know...

The Wimminisation of art is complete

MY art magazine has a feature about Josephine Hopper. You might not have heard of her but may know of her husband, Edward, famous for...

Blubbing along with the tree huggers

I’VE been zooming about like a rocket: on-screen life-drawing, church and neighbour meetings, and as like many middle-class women I’d like to save the...

After the pandemic: Loathe thy neighbour and worship the NHS

NO one knows how this thing will end, but we conjecture, all the time. I can only look forward to a time when depilating...

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