Restoration

Harry Greenberg Reflects on a First Creative Project From His Early Teens I have restored the family heirloom. It was handed down and went with the family wherever they went. Some of them said, ‘For God’s sake, leave it behind, lose it in transit; who wants it? Who needs it?’ But it was never lost […]

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Labour – The end of the affair

Or, “I really think we need to take a break”. By Paul Halas After several months of running on empty I’ve finally decided to leave the Labour Party. It’s a wrench, to put it mildly. For the past few years the party has been very central to my life, occupying much of my time and […]

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From the forthcoming memoir: Eve and Tony

Extract originally published in The London Magazine By Eve Hall My heroine of very early days was Joan of Arc, whom I loved passionately. I dreamed of martyrdom and detested the English soldiers who burned her at the stake.  Every Friday afternoon I used to wait for my mother outside my boarding school, buttoned up […]

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Ideas about Cuba and Che

Che appeals to revolutionary fantasists who like the poetry of violence. By Phil Hall When we watched a film about the Mexican revolution starring Pedro Infante in 1997 my wife explained a little about what was going on. ‘Unfortunately, during the Mexican revolution, our family was on the wrong side. They had land and haciendas […]

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Photo-essay: Holi, Holi, Holi

Celebrations in the streets of Dharavi, Mumbai By Andy Hall The principle practice in street photography, and why I love it, is the immersive experience. That’s the only way you’re going to snatch those serendipitous, split-second moments you long for, as you wade through the river of human activity around you; all the time not asking, […]

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To the undertakers

By Yogesh Patel To the undertakers A preview of myself is a hidden mirror in a selfie mirror. I have always been brutal on the soliloquising Houdini! Yet, I have kept vultures at bay in this Dakhma. The undertakers have always risen from their graves to offer flowers. Tagore’s Kabuliwala sings, ‘mere pyare vatan’ from […]

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How to defeat Covid-19

By Phil Hall In China the barefoot doctors believed in prevention rather than cure. So how can we make societies like ours more resilient to pandemic infections like Covid-19? Well, we could advocate for a more humane society. That would make us much more resilient. We could guarantee a fully functioning, well-funded health service free […]

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