Petina Gappah on John Simpson’s Head of a Negro

Just been leafing through the latest Tate magazine - one of my favourite bits is the regular feature MicroTate where people from different walks of life offer a brief reflection on something from the Tate collections. I was gobsmacked by…

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The Frog: a suitable poem for a Hung Parliament

Having been up for much of Election night, i feel rather deflated at the outcome. My quote of the night came in the fairly early hours on the BBC from one of my favourite modern historians, Peter Hennessy (right)- his…

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The Mace: Losing it is NOT the end of the world!

The mace (left) is the symbol of the Sovereign's power - and in Parliament, it represents her delegated authority. When the Commons is in session, it sits on the table just in front of the Government and Opposition despatch boxes.…

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Something for the pain…

A number have been asking about the song I played at the end of my talk Sunday evening at All Souls. So voila. This is probably admitting a serious gap in my musical appreciation, but I knew next to nothing…

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Q marks the spot – Treasure Map 20 (May 2010)

Sacred Treasure Mark Ashton writes powerfully and movingly about his battle with terminal cancer. Part 1 here. Not normally a total devotee (as some are in the habit of being!) but Mark Driscoll is at his most trenchant when talking…

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