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Adapt And Survive
THE CLAMOUR THAT GREETED the awarding of the Pritzker Prize — architecture’s Nobel — to the French practice Lacaton & Vassal in April this year was near universal throughout the architecture world. A rare thing indeed. Lacaton & Vassal represent that
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Scapegoat Of A Paranoid Era
ONE OF THE MOST POIGNANT documents I have ever read was a private letter, reproduced in the American press, from a mother to her two sons aged ten and six. It was dated 18 June 1953 and began: “Dearest Sweethearts, my most precious children,” later a
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Outcast Of The Angry Generation
IMAGINE THE HORRORS OF TWENTIETH century Germany synthesised in one man and you would produce an identikit of Horst Mahler. This is a study of the legacy of Nazism, the violent left-wing protests and terrorism of the late 1960s and 70s and the upsurg
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An Oyster Without Grit
DAVID HOCKNEY IS NOW 83 years old and has been famous for fully 60 of those years. Since he appeared in the “Young Contemporaries” exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1961,while still a student at the Royal College of Art, celebrity and accolade
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China The Rules Of Engagement
IN WASHINGTON, A ROUGH CONSENSUS has formed that China needs some containing. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken baulks at the word, preferring the catechism of a “rules-based order”. Containment, though, does not mean literally bottling China behi
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The Potting Shelf
AS DAYLIGHT HOURS extend towards the summer solstice, so the list of gardening tasks lengthens. If you consult the experts, this month’s is split between two categories: the nurturing and the cruel-to-be-kind. Precious young plants — cossetted, tende
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Romeo Coates
★ WITH DELIGHTFUL English Rose Emily Blunt having been endlessly persecuted for an attempt at Irish in her latest film, isn’t it time to draw a line under this obsessive nonsense? In simpler, happier days of old, a professional actor from the south o
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Walled In Against The Modern World
IN 2010, BETWEEN leaving politics and resuming journalism, I wrote two chapters of a novel. It emerged from my experience of representing in parliament what was then the highest number of Muslims in any Conservative-held seat, Wycombe. It imagined a
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Independent Minds
WHAT DO THE following titles, all published in the past dozen years or so and all highly rated by the Secret Author’s acquaintance, have in common? The books in question are The Wake, a novel by Jeremy Page, Next Year Will Be Better, a memoir by John
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Michael Prodger on Art
THERE ARE SOME 2,807 historical bronze artefacts from Benin in Nigeria now scattered around 160 of the world’s museums. They number high-relief plaques and sculptures in the round and the majority were looted in 1897 when the British Navy attacked an
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Vaccine For The Soul
ON 21 JUNE, alarms and alarums allowing, the all clear will sound and Great Britain will declare Victory over Virus. There will be celebration; there will be commemoration; there will undoubtedly be libation as the country returns in relief to “norma
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China Wolf Bait
EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE CHINESE embassy in the United States made an appalling claim. “Studies show that in the process of eradicating extremism, the minds of Uyghur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were p
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Preaching To The Choir
AN INSTITUTION LED by a self-selecting elite obsessed with the hot topics of today’s culture war alienating increasing numbers of its supporters until they eventually vote with their feet, leaving the very survival of that institution in doubt. The L
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China Cold War Or Hot Peace?
HENRY KISSINGER HAS SUGGESTED that the west and China are in the “foothills of a new Cold War”. The Chinese scholar Wang Jisi has called the confrontation more of a “hot peace”, a useful term for a strange relationship where both sides are economical
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Torn In The USA
AMAZON’S NET PROFITS increased by 84 per cent in 2020. As Covid-19 swept across America during March and April, Jeff Bezos’s personal fortune increased by $24 billion. In contrast, nearly a million American manufacturing jobs were lost in the decade
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I read Gawain Towler’s article on Pick for Britain and the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) with great interest (The Critic online, 9 May). He makes some fair arguments regarding the programmes, but he misses some key points on seasonal ag
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Robert Thicknesse on Opera
OF ALL THE GREAT BORES spawned by the pandemic, few can be more insufferable than those people who went to Venice and then deluged you with crappy pictures of some tragic deserted piazza, accompanied by poorly encrypted encomia about how lucky Venice
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Christopher Silvester on Cinema
THERE IS NO BEST ACTRESS OSCAR for a female animal, otherwise I know which candidate I would have voted for this year. She is a sow called Gunda, she lives on a Norwegian farm, and she is the star of the dialogue-free feature documentary that bears h
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No Babies, No More Nazis
A recent article in British Vogue posed the question: “Is having a baby in 2021 pure environmental vandalism?” The answer seems obvious to me, given that babies are responsible for 90 per cent of all the world’s carbon emissions. (That’s probably the
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Rotters, Rogues And Champagne Moments
AT AROUND 1AM ON 11 June 1921, a telegram from the England cricket selectors finally reached the Hon Lionel Tennyson, captain of Hampshire and playboy about town, who was deep into a night at the Embassy Club on Bond Street. Having been routed by Aus
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A Clockwork Jihadi
USMAN KHAN MAY WELL ENTER HISTORY as the jihadi who killed “de-radicalisation”. His murder of two Cambridge criminology graduates, Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, near London Bridge in 2019 cast the loftiest aspiration of British counter-terrorism, th
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Call The Junk-monger
WHENEVER A PRIME Ministerial family is feeling a bit skint it has only to call for Lord Brownlow of Deep Pocket in the County of Dosh and those pecuniary blues will be magicked away. This former rozzer has never needed to importune a passing premier
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Adam Dant The Return of London
Adam Dant | The Novel Parish Map of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, 2021 | £500 | Hand coloured lithograph on 300 gsm Somerset Satin HP | 81 x 56 cm | Edition of 25 TAG Fine Arts’ first post-lockdown exhibition — THE RETURN OF LONDON — is a collaboration wi
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An Affront To Justice
IN APRIL, THE COURT of Appeal put right the biggest miscarriage of justice it had ever dealt with in a single ruling. No fewer than 39 former Post Office staff were cleared of crimes of dishonesty. All had lost their jobs and some had served prison s
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The Road To Hartlepool Pier
AS SO OFTEN, THE BEST (AND OF COURSE THE FUNNIEST) analysis of the runaway Tory victory in the Hartlepool by-election came from Rod Liddle. Its theme was that the Labour party has become a vile antithesis, as the party set up to represent working peo
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Anne McElvoy on Radio
DESPITE HEADING A DEPARTMENT built on podcasts at Economist Radio, my downtime default remains Radio 4. But that tendency is breaking down as the BBC Sounds app improves its offer. It has ditched its crazy earlier strategy of targeting witless shows
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The Diary Of Dilyn The Dog
Bozzo is feeding me again! Last year, when Cazza put Bozzo on the Horrid Diet, he stopped leaving takeaway boxes around for me to lick. For a while, we played a game where he hid snacks in cupboards for me to find, but then Cazza took away something
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Sincerely Ducking The Hard Questions
G.K. CHESTERTON DEFINED THE “good bad book” in 1905 as cracking stories with no pretensions that survive long after readers have forgotten the serious literary fiction of the day. The Sherlock Holmes stories were an example George Orwell cited when h
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Cheeky Blinder
‘‘IT IS A PRETTY POEM, MR POPE,” said Richard Bentley, after reading the poet’s version of the Iliad, “but you must not call it Homer”. Translation and travesty, parody and piety intertwine endlessly in rescriptions of fundamental texts. Why not? Mon
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