The historian Margaret MacMillan in her thought provoking BBC Reith Lectures ‘The Mark of Cane’ tackles the subject of war in a manner that includes multiple different narratives. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxgs0 In her fourth lecture ‘Managing the Unmanageable’ in which she talks
PS. Thank you Zadie Smith! THANK YOU ZADIE SMITH! Readers of my personal story (link below) published in the Madras Courier know that in 1969 I told a Daily Mail reporter that I did not marry an Indian, I married
I love this video. https://www.facebook.com/WellRoundedLifebyattn/videos/672422466422857 It shows the stupidity of judging people by how they look. The wonderful Billy Jean King says 'We’d be better off as a society if we stopped assuming that people are the way we judge
WI Talks Coming Up in August How I Castaway 120 people 1) Charlton on Otmoor Primary School Tues 14 August 7.30 2) The Heyfords The Reading Room , Upper Heyford Wednesday 15 August 7.30 September Brushstrokes in Time China under
aliens3 We can delude ourselves that we are not influenced by flattery. I admit that I liked being called 'An Exciting New Novelist '
Just published by the Folio Society The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana Illustrated by Victo Ngai Translated from the Sanscrit by Sir Richard Burton and Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot One of the world’s great literary legacies, this manual of virtuous living, courtship
I have been preparing for a talk I am giving tomorrow. I made this collage of some of my Oxtopian castaways who appear in the three castaway books. Some are famous and some not so well known but all are
Yesterday felt like the end of an era. Colin Dexter the inventor of Inspector Morse would have loved his memorial yesterday in Christ Church Cathedral and Oxford Town Hall. It was organised by his fellow crossword compiler and fellow castaway
My award from the High Sheriff celebrating an organisation (unique in the world?) that has helped people help themselves.
Pete Hughes of the Oxford Mail did KOA proud today. 2018 is KOA's Golden Anniversary but will also be our final year. http://www.thisisoxfordshire.co.uk/news/16143869.kennington-overseas-aid-to-go-out-with-a-bang-after-50-years/ The post of High Sheriff goes back to the time of the Magna Carta but the role
A brilliant line up for The Kennington Festival Arts starting with Peggy Seeger. Read my profile feature on her here.
The Kennington Festival of Arts kicked off with the memorable Peggy Seeger. She had the audience in the palm of her hand and her empathy shobe bright. I can recommend First Time Ever . Many memoirs have too much