Perhaps the tweedier twinset look adopted by glamorous MI5 officer Celia Nashe in B. W. Black’s recent The Secret Guests? She acts as the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret’s tutor, when they are secretly evacuated to Ireland to escape the Blitz. I’m sure we will all learn lessons in the coming weeks. … [Read more...] about Best books on home tutoring: Author Patricia Nicol suggests the best books for education
At home art school
In the past few weeks, we’ve all seen those irritating references to the great works of art and literature supposedly created during quarantine, such as Shakespeare’s King Lear. What if that video of a dad pretending to be Basil Fawlty while serving his kids dinner is quarantine’s King Lear? There’s certainly nothing more reflective of the zeitgeist than stir-crazy parents dispensing with their inhibitions; parents in lockdown are doing the “long suffering but cheerful” thing like never before. This is their time to shine, and we should probably just sit back and enjoy the results. … [Read more...] about In lockdown, parents are mastering the art of the meme. What could go wrong?
The best novel I know about social distancing is Joseph Conrad’s Victory, published in 1915, in which Axel Heyst, with the object of his affections , moves to an island called Sambouran, where they attempt an extreme form of social distance. The aspect of the novel that offers us comfort is its form. Many scenes are narrated twice from the perspective of two different characters. Conrad’s genius is to make this engaging. And that is hard to do in literature, but it is even tougher in life when you start to notice, in this time of social distance, that today’s soup is merely the second half of yesterday’s soup, and that pasta will pass its sell-by date if you don’t eat it today, even though you ate some of it yesterday. So it is too with wine and movies and press conferences on television. There is always a feeling that this happened yesterday as well. It is our sad fate that it has to happen again today and so into the futureless future. … [Read more...] about Novelists pick books to inspire, uplift, and offer escape
Thynne decided that the thousands of people coming to Longleat might pay to see his paintings and he opened up his apartments to the public. The salacious nature of some of his work was an obvious attraction to some, but there was also more serious interest, including a BBC documentary, The Thynne Blue Line. … [Read more...] about Obituary: The Marquess of Bath
In 2004 he was sacked from the Tory front-bench over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt and the Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while mayor of London in 2009. … [Read more...] about Carrie Symonds has coronavirus too: Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancee reveals she has been in bed for seven days with symptoms of disease that has also put the Prime Minister into isolation