Monthly Archives: August 2012

On the road in Sri Lanka: arrack, Jurassic Park 4, and an inconvenience of tuk-tuks

Palm trees, everywhere. Out of the airport’s beige interiors, met by a friend I shall refer to as the Tsarina, into a waiting taxi. Now that’s what I call weather: valleys of sun-stained cloud roof Colombo’s gleaming broil. Banks, tuk-tuks, billboards, shaded … Continue reading

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A portrait of Kate Jackson (ex-The Long Blondes)

White gold, black diamonds: a necklace on top of an upright piano stolen from Elton John, according to its mysterious delivery women. The house of Kate Jackson: Voyage Voyage uncoils from a record player, a heap of scarves and hats … Continue reading

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Pop Baroque Extraordinaires: the line of beauty through Lady GaGa, Queen, David Bowie, Prince and Madonna

A performer holds aloft a hand to an adoring crowd, glimmer of jewels on a black leather glove. “Do you like my claws? They’re real diamonds. It’s a present from the devil himself.” You can almost imagine Lady GaGa saying … Continue reading

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Memories of Iraq: caviar, dust, and jazz dancing

Her earliest memory of Iraq is singing Ring-a-Ring-o’-Roses as a child on the flat roof of her family’s apartment in Baghdad, overlooking a river. Diana Maseyk, now 89, remembers seeing a boy with a tray of buns on his head. … Continue reading

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An audience with Boris Johnson: the Mayor meets London’s Turks

City Hall, London: invitation to a reception for London’s Turks, hosted by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, himself of Turkish ancestry, an Ottoman minister for a great-grandfather. We queue for bags and briefcases to be searched at the ground floor check-in … Continue reading

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London Fields vs Slovenia: international cricket

Hackney. London Fields Cricket Club take on Slovenia’s national team, the second day of a charity weekend tournament, six-a-side on the Saturday, 35 overs each on Sunday, a 2.15pm start. Cricket was first played in Slovenia during the 1970s after … Continue reading

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Tonight I journey to Albania. In Hammersmith.

    Hammersmith Town Hall, 7pm. A quartet of chuckling senior management suits strides out into the cold. In the atrium men in jeans shift to and fro, barking a language into mobiles, mothers chasten excited children. It was a … Continue reading

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