Category Archives: Life

From generation to generation

This is the text of a “Thought for the Day” I gave at the St Endellion Easter Festival last week. I want to talk this morning about generations. There are three reasons for my choice of topic. Firstly, one of … Continue reading

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Diary – October 2015: Harper Lee, The Barber of Seville and why London beats New York

What do Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and Beaumarchais’s The Marriage of Figaro have in common? The answer is: more than you might think. Both are set against a backdrop of impending revolution – in Beaumarchais’s case, the French … Continue reading

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Climate change and capitalism: a movement of movements?

“And this brings us to the central question, the burning question. How do we slow down and stop [using fossil fuels] while sustaining our civilisation and continuing to bring millions out of poverty? Not by being virtuous, not by going … Continue reading

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Conversations with my grandfather

On 5th July, my grandfather, Sir Philip Goodhart (Big Daddy to his family) died. He was a few months short of his 90th birthday. During the last year or so of his life, I was lucky enough to spend a … Continue reading

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Has serious journalism lost the plot?

What’s journalism for? It’s a rather pompous question, to which you’ll normally get a rather pompous answer. Lord Reith’s three-word summary of the BBC’s purpose – educate, inform, entertain – is as relevant as ever. As is the oft-quoted maxim … Continue reading

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Notes on consumerism: Black Friday, Michael Young and reinventing economics

On Friday, a significant number of my fellow citizens – most of whom, as far as I know, had no previous record of mental health issues – went completely mad. Footage of apparently unhinged hordes clambering over one another and … Continue reading

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The last night of the Proms and Britishness

I vividly recall the 2001 last night of the Proms. I remember the tears rolling down my 12-year-old cheeks as Leonard Slatkin conducted a devotional rendition of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings in memory of all those who had died … Continue reading

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