SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Andrew M Brown

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October 20, 2016
I hope Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature will help me to persuade our children that he’s worth listening to. At the moment, whenever I put on a song of his in the car they sing out in unison: “It’s Krusty the Clown!” It is not surprising, I suppose. They are currently wedded
September 15, 2016
Visiting Greece for the first time – as I recently did on holiday – I found myself drawn to the seductive glamour of Orthodoxy. The Greeks in general – island Greeks most of all, I expect – seem incredibly easy-going, considering that they are still in the middle of an economic crisis. Take the appealing
July 28, 2016
I thought subjecting two children, aged 10 and 11, to a whole evening of Handel might be a strain, that they would be bored and fidgety (perhaps I might be bored and fidgety – I don’t go to concerts that often). But I needn’t have worried. For a start there was plenty going on. Lots
June 02, 2016
We were off to Wembley! I had my T-shirt – royal blue with canary-coloured writing that said: “AFC Wimbledon – Football League Two Play-Off Final May 2016”. William, my son, had an away strip and his friend, whose 11th birthday it was, had a cap. It was Monday, play-off finals day, and nearly 25,000 Wimbledon
April 07, 2016
The domestic abuse storyline that has captivated Archers listeners for the past few months took a cataclysmic turn this week, as Helen Titchener stabbed her controlling husband Rob. This plot has been rich in the sort of dramatic irony that soaps thrive on: we always knew that Rob – a relative newcomer to the series
March 10, 2016
Lifelong atheists who change their minds at the last minute are always intriguing. Was the titan of modern music Pierre Boulez in that category? A story I’ve heard suggests that perhaps he was, but I’ll get to it in a moment. What we already know is that Boulez did not care for religion much, detested
January 21, 2016
‘He was a man,” says Hamlet about the dead father he adores. “Take him for all in all, / I shall not look upon his like again.” The great Edwardian Shakespeare scholar AC Bradley used these lines to support his argument that Hamlet is not interested in outward distinctions of rank and what matters to
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