Stories and story tellers

"Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." So opens Virginia Woolf's most famous novel, and arguably her greatest work. It was this book, via the film The Hours (2002) which brought me to the music of Philip Glass. And oh, my goodness, what a combination. Mrs Dalloway suffered, in my eyes, for years,…

Divertissement

It's been a long week, I must admit. I have been working away from home since Monday morning. And I have yo-yo-ed twice between Newcastle and London. This has therefore involved a total of 11.5 hours of train travel, four nights in different hotels, four 18-hour days and now, as I type, a wait to…

Marmite

In Britain, there is one iconic product which is synonymous with the concept of either loving or hating something: Is this known about in other countries?  I know that Vegemite is the Australian equivalent.  Does it inspire the same extreme views? My impression of today's band, Coldplay, is that it is a kind of Marmite…