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NEWS AT A GLANCE

. A man is generally at his heaviest in his 40th year. — The Nelson Evening Mail, October 10 1906 . The Museum of Emotions in London has a game with yes/no answers. Adolf Hitler fixed the Nazi Party registrations, to make it seem they had more members than they did. The endnotes to David Foster [...]

Egyptomania

Review of three books on Ancient Egypt: Egypt: People, Pharaohs, Gods, by Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen; Egyptomania: A History of Fascination, Obsession and Fantasy, by Ronald H. Fritze; and Writings from Ancient Egypt, by Toby Wilkinson. – For The Spectator

Ayenbite of Inwyt

Against the temptings of the Devil, say the following: ‘Sweet Jesu, by thine holy blood that thou sheddest, and thy rood, for me and for mankind – I entreat Him be my shield against the wicked enemy unto my life’s end. So be it.’ This book is Master Michel’s of Northgate, written in English by [...]

Bollcks to the new-born king!

Troll(ing) the ancient Yuletide carol. – For The Spectator

‘Beyond describing’

A documentary about a documentary about the Holocaust – reviewed. – For The Spectator

St Paul’s (Knightsbridge) and the Great War

A blog piece for Culture House on the Royal Naval mobilisation of the Rev Wilfrid Hannay Gibbins, and the parish mags of a church in West London over the course of the First World War. – For The Spectator

From my father’s marginalia on TS Eliot

‘What the devil does this mean?’ – TS Eliot, note in Edmund Husserl’s Logische Untersuchungen Pagan spring about to be replaced cf. feathers in Gerontion This a prayer – the old securities will collapse. No guarantee for children on acc. of his piety. Period between death and rebirth. Prefiguring of passion + cross. Calvary. Eliot [...]

Golding the lily

Review of Arena’s The Dreams of William Golding. – For theartsdesk

Thoughts on air travel

I If your children do not go to church or read tales of Greek heroes you will need to take them on a plane to learn the meaning of ‘descent’. II The aeroplane toilet is the nearest thing we have now to a mythical beast.

The Devil is in the DJs

Crazies ban music in Mogadishu (and the Somali ‘government’ attempts to ban the ban). For The First Post.