IN HIS last book, Apocalypse, D. H. Lawrence writes of the “oriental” mind-set “whose image-thinking often followed no plan whatsoever . . . flitting from image to image with no essential connection at all”. It is the mind-set of the Psalmist, and of whoever was responsible for the book of Revelation
REFUGEES from the post-Brexit, Trump-ruled world are seeking better worlds to live in. But, if the Canadian immigration website crashes on you, then look no further than Liberland: a state of 7km² that welcomes citizens — from any country — who love liberty
THE debate in France over immigration has become “hysterical”. This was how the editor of Charlie Hebdo described the situation, one year on from the attack on the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. And he should know what “hysterical” looks like
ALL of us, at one time or another, have misheard song lyrics and thought the absurd to be authentic. Take two of the Beach Boys’ lines from “Cabinessence”, a song from their late period: “Over and over the crow cries uncover the cornfield / Over and over the thresher and hovers the wheatfield."
BEAUTY is not so much in the eye of the beholder as in the lips of the speaker. For all the passionate and sincere and rhetoric invested throughout Radio 2’s Faith in the World Week, in the notion that outer beauty is entirely contingent on inner beauty, few saw fit to unpick what we mean by the distinction between these two forms
Edward Wickham listens to The Essay: All my presidents
SO OFTEN, nowadays, are we reminded of forgotten histories, that we are prone to forget what we already knew. Britain’s Black Past (Radio 4, weekdays) has presented us with profiles of late-18th- and early-19th-century characters whose ethnicity and careers apparently force us to reconfigure our views of British history
AS I write this, the news is all about internet trolls and new legal powers to curb derogatory hashtags. It has all the hallmarks of “Something must be done” legislation: recent stories of online bullying have provoked a media furore, and somebody in Government has decided that this is a great opp...
AT THE conclusion of his excellent two-part survey Sunni-Shia: Islam divided (Radio 4, Monday of last week), Tarek Osman delivered a judgement that might have sounded chilling had it not come from such a level-headed commentator
WHEN televisions began to colonise the living rooms of the modestly waged, the prognosis for radio was held to be dire. By the mid-1960s, it was thought, it would be only the blind who would be engaged by the wireless
YOU have locked yourself out of your house. You call a locksmith, who sweats over the job for two hours, and charges you £200. But he’s worked hard, and you can get into your house; so you give him a cup of tea and a tip.
But what if you got a locksmith who managed to get the job done in ten minutes...