Experience: we fell in love without speaking

I’ll never forget the first moment I saw Branko. It was 2009 and I was 25, working as a musical director for a circus in the UK. I’d travelled alone from Gloucestershire to the village of Gornja Grabovica in Serbia, on a mission to learn Roma-style accordion. A week or so into my two-month trip, […]

Why President Buhari should not be re-elected (1)

Every well-informed Nigerian has a right to make political choices, that is, the capacity to choose those that should be vested with political power for a certain period. In reaching such decisions, the basic requirement, in my opinion, is that the choices ought to be based on objective assessment of the character, academic qualifications, antecedents […]

‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ star Robert Englund on why it’s unlikely he’ll play Freddy Krueger again

But the thing that got me involved was that many of these stories can be proven by science. We are smarter now than we were. Most of our stuff is 19th century and a little bit of the early 20th century. And yet all of these stories were reported in newspapers. Even 100 years ago, […]

My Meteorite by Harry Dodge review – reflections on touch and vulnerability

Dodge takes his cue from high French theory of the 1970s and 80s, seeing what it looks like under the changing pressures of new historical surroundings and new versions of family. He shares Nelson’s love for the evocative phase “human animal”, and threading through the book are questions about what makes us human: what makes […]

Until Further Notice, I Am Alive by Tom Lubbock – review

Yet individuals and their achievements are not the main objects in view. What the collection keeps returning to is the way that “painting remakes its world from scratch”. The stuff of painting is not like the stuff of that other 3D world, even when painting pretends to be realistic. “In the pictured world, the laws […]

Shakespeare in Love wins 7 Oscars

Besides Benigni, the only performer in a foreign language film to win an Oscar was Sophia Loren for “Two Women” in 1961. Fittingly, it was Miss Loren who presented him with his first award of the night. The perpetually ebullient Benigni clambered over the backs of seats and hopped onto the stage after Loren openly […]