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    1. August 23, 2013

      Postcard from ... Devon

      Why has America cornered the market in road trips? The circuits of New England, the drive up the California coast and –...

    2. August 11, 2013

      Gawain, Felsenreitschule, Salzburg Festival – review

      Dressed as Joseph Beuys, Gawain beheads the Green Knight with a chainsaw. “I am not that hero,” he sings later, as an...

    1. March 22, 2013

      On location: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’

      The film The latest in a growing list of Hollywood movies inspired by folklore and fairy tales, this fantasy adventure from...

    2. Brussels Blog

      March 12, 2013

      When economists attack: Krugman vs Rehn, Part 3

      Rehn's remarks in London last month appear to be the crux of the dispute with Krugman. Just when you thought the war of...

    3. March 3, 2012

      We live in the new Dark Ages, aka the Migration Period

      From Mr Marc du Ry. Sir, Andrew Roberts (“Europe’s ‘proud empire’ is entering a cul-de-sac of history”, Comment, February...

    4. January 13, 2012

      Geopolitics of a king

      The Death of King Arthur, by Simon Armitage, Faber, RRP£12.99, 192 pages Not Malory’s epic but the little-known...

    5. May 14, 2011

      The List: Landmark sites in British history

      Britain is littered with historic buildings but they don’t just look lovely. A new BBC book, 100 Places that Made Britain,...

    6. Westminster Blog

      February 10, 2011

      Why was it called Project Merlin?

      For some time now we had been scratching our heads over why the bank-coalition talks on bonuses were known as “Project...

    7. January 25, 2011

      The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, Ellen Stewart Theatre, New York

      Androgynous: ‘The Walk Across America For Mother Earth’ The first few minutes of The Walk Across America , written by...

    8. January 21, 2011

      Purcell: O Solitude; Courteville, Croft, Draghi, Handel, Haym, Matteis, Pepusch, Purcell and Weldon: Musical London c.1700

      Purcell O Solitude: songs and arias by Purcell Andreas Scholl (Decca) Courteville, Croft, Draghi, Handel, Haym, Matteis,...

    9. September 27, 2010

      The Death of King Arthur

      The Death of King Arthur, by Peter Ackroyd, Penguin Classics RRP£20, 316 pages In the 15th century Sir Thomas Malory...

    10. May 8, 2010

      Charlie Higson’s favourite Puffin books

      How do you choose six books out of the hundreds that Puffin has published in its 70 years? Where do you start in a...

    11. March 2, 2010

      The grail of opera for all

      From the start Glyndebourne has been conscious of its place within wider society. In the very first programme book in 1934...

    12. March 1, 2010

      Opera for all at Glyndebourne

      Stage and screen: ‘Knight Crew’ will be the subject of a BBC2 series From the start Glyndebourne has been conscious of its...

    13. July 4, 2009

      Joys in blue

      The British Delphinium Society’s border at Godinton House On calm, sunny days, delphiniums have been the sight of the past...

    14. June 23, 2009

      The Fairy Queen

      This evening delivered a couple of firsts. To mark the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth Glyndebourne Festival Opera has...

    15. June 22, 2009

      The Fairy Queen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

      This evening delivered a couple of firsts. To mark the 350th anniversary of Purcell’s birth Glyndebourne Festival Opera has...

    16. May 12, 2009

      King Arthur

      Would Purcell get away with it today? His semi-opera King Arthur is the most tub-thumpingly patriotic of stage shows,...

    17. May 11, 2009

      King Arthur, Barbican, London

      Would Purcell get away with it today? His semi-opera King Arthur is the most tub-thumpingly patriotic of stage shows,...

    18. February 11, 2009

      Fairport Convention, Anvil, Basingstoke, UK

      This, quipped Simon Nicol as Fairport Convention took the stage, was the band’s “Recession? What Recession?” tour. In fact,...

    19. December 13, 2008

      The old, the rare and the exotic

      Apresent from the past can be a timely surprise at Christmas, and there is no shortage of seasonal exhibitions competing...

    20. December 13, 2008

      Gift guide: Affordable antiques

      A present from the past can be a timely surprise at Christmas, and there is no shortage of seasonal exhibitions competing...

    21. October 14, 2008

      Back to the future, a leader for today

      Strange days. The Conservatives talk like socialists - wanting to part-nationalise banks and "punish" bankers by curbing...

    22. August 22, 2008

      Jazz it up with sideburns and shades

      From Mr S. Raj Rajagopal. Sir, I was amused to read the comment about John Authers’ brown jacket (Letters, August 19). In...

    23. July 16, 2008

      King Arthur, Montpellier Festival, France

      It’s turning into a gimmicky summer in France: first, Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami dragging out Così fan tutte in...

    24. July 14, 2008

      In Search of the English Eccentric

      In Search of the English Eccentric By Henry Hemming John Murray £16.99, 336 pages FT Bookshop price: £13.59 The English...

    25. July 12, 2008

      In Search of the English Eccentric

      The English eccentric is a dying breed. Alienated and under threat from today's increasingly homogenised society, there...

    26. July 5, 2008

      In a class of their own

      Like Oxford's spires, British fee-paying schools evoke notions of educational perfection. For many affluent non-Britons,...

    27. April 26, 2008

      Visual arts - Jackie Wullschlager

      Bond Bound The Fleming Collection London W1 How artists and designers have created and defined the Bond look since Casino...

    28. April 12, 2008

      Victorians revalued

      The history of the Victorian age will never be written: we know too much about it." Lytton Strachey's words were certainly...

    29. March 7, 2008

      King Arthur

      The New York City Opera is at the crossroads. Gerard Mortier, a stubborn iconoclast, will soon take over, focusing on...

    30. March 6, 2008

      King Arthur, New York City Opera

      The New York City Opera is at the crossroads. Gerard Mortier, a stubborn iconoclast, will soon take over, focusing on...

    31. December 15, 2007

      Much Ado About Nothing

      A Christmas treat without the tinsel. And if anybody would scorn mistletoe, it would be Beatrice and Benedick, the...

    32. October 20, 2007

      KING ARTHUR

      Non Fiction KING ARTHUR by Christoper Hibbert Tempus £12.99 FT bookshop price:£10.39 Born around the year 475 to a West...

    33. October 20, 2007

      King Arthur

      King Arthur By Christoper Hibbert Tempus £12.99 FT bookshop price:£10.39 Born around the year 475 to a West Country family...

    34. September 1, 2007

      Live previews

      BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, London To September 8 The final week brings a string of high-profile orchestras, starting...

    35. June 30, 2007

      Puritan Pleasure - Joust kidding

      Rohan, my trusty steed, snorted and shuffled as I held the reins tight at one end of the jousting arena. I gripped my...

    36. June 27, 2007

      A cheeky spoof reawakens

      Moore of Moore Hall must kill the Dragon of Wantley. First, though, he needs a drink – six quarts of ale and one of aquavit....

    37. January 25, 2007

      Spamalot, Palace Theatre, London

      After years honing his skills on piffling roles such as Hamlet, Macbeth and Galileo on the British stage, Simon Russell...

    38. January 13, 2007

      Northern exposure

      SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT translated by Simon Armitage Faber £12.99, 160 pages FT bookshop price: £10.39 Review by...

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