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Archive for February, 2010

Theme for 2012: Britten’s Guide

In yesterday’s Guardian Charlotte Higgins invited suggestions for the theme tune for London 2012. I just read her note over breakfast, and was surprised to find that among the 145 comments on the website (well, 146 now) noone had suggested what (to me) was the obvious choice: Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. It’s a piece of music that is exactly that – a theme (with lots of inventive variations to play around with), by our greatest 20th century orchestral composer riffing on his great predecessor Purcell (whose tunes live on in stuff from Clockwork Orange to that (more…)


Farewell McQueen

Liberty had said that it was opening a display on Monday honouring Alexander McQueen, which gave us an excuse for a trip to London and a day off work. It was not ready (we were told it would be unveiled on Tuesday), but there was a friendly man working in the window next to the first of the Stella McCartney run; he was painting the St Andrew’s Cross of the Union Jack (McQueen’s father was Scottish). A great talent lost.

Touring Oxford Street I noticed Vivienne Westwood’s Stonehenge logo (sort of spelling out MAN). She seems to have a bit of a Stonehenge thing. Vivienne Westwood Man in Tokyo is said to be in a building (more…)


Wind up your radios!

Maiden Castle, Dorset

Now the new British Archaeology is out (featuring the usual archaeological stuff – collapse of the Roman empire, a major first world war communal grave excavation, human origins, Stonehedge [sic] and much else – as well as statements from the arts minister and her two shadows), I have a moment to write. I want to mention two radio programmes I’ve been making with Sian Price, and a third with Terry Lewis.

I’m excited about these. Beyond Time Team, archaeology does not get as much broadcast coverage as it could support (though look out for news of a new TV series later this (more…)