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The New Choir

It wasn’t ideal to have consecutive weekends with trips out to concerts, but that’s how it turned out. We had complimentary tickets to The New Choir‘s concert in Oxford, as R had supplied photography for the concert posters and programme. … Continue reading

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Words on words

Book Review: The Word Detective – Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary, by John Simpson One great thing about the work book sale is that you can try something different knowing that, even if … Continue reading

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Degas, Picasso, and Hiroshige

We went up to Oxford last weekend to visit the Ashmolean. Degas to Picasso was perhaps a misnomer for the exhibition, which ranged rather more widely, collecting influences from the late eighteenth century onwards. Although there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Maškaradă

Life goes on. The concert at the Sheldonian in Oxford was titled as Moscow Nights, after one of the pieces, but the overall programme was to me more reminiscent of the Maškaradă album by Taraf de Haïdouks, a classical but … Continue reading

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Had I Not Seen the Sun

A few weekends ago we went to Oxford to see two small exhibitions, Armenia: Masterpieces from an Enduring Culture at the Bodleian and Scenes of Last Tokyo at the Ashmolean. I was a bit indifferent to the first of these … Continue reading

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“The likeliest progenitor of unlikely events and persons”

Book Review: The Moving Toyshop, by Edmund Crispin A knowledge of Oxford is useful but not essential for this light and fantastical read. So is a suspense of belief: The disclaimer proclaims “It is true that the ancient and noble … Continue reading

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We headed to Oxford yesterday to visit the Ashmolean’s Love Bites and Great British Drawings exhibitions. The first, a collection of Gillray caricatures from the New College archives, covered some familiar ground with various ridicule of William Pitt, Charles Fox, … Continue reading

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