Hilary Mantel For his 1959 life of the present queen’s grandmother, biographer James Pope-Hennessy compiled indiscreet and sharp-eyed interview notes, now edited by Hugo Vickers into The Quest for Queen Mary (Zuleika): very funny and astute, it provides a loathly feast for royal-watchers. Death and Nightingales by Eugene McCabe (Vintage), published in 1992 and now reissued, is set in rural Ireland in the 1880s: poetic and compelling, with a heart-stopping plot twist, it seems to me a perfect novel. Jonathan Sacks One of the most bracing reads of 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Allen Lane). Confronting the ever-growing constraints on free speech in universities, the authors show how a generation of students is being encouraged to develop mindsets that will do them psychological as well as intellectual harm. Brilliantly written, forcefully argued and … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe best books of 2018
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James Hawes 29 September 2018 9:00 AM 29 September 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp I Am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche Sue PrideauxFaber, pp.416, £25 In 1945, with the second world war won bar the shouting, Bertrand Russell polished off his brief examination of Friedrich Nietzsche’s contribution to Western thought with the splendid phrase: ‘His followers have had their innings.’ Russell knew that Nietzsche’s followers didn’t just mean the Nazis. Ten years before Hitler’s acolytes started editing special volumes of Nietzsche’s aphorisms about the Will to Power, the Blond Beast and suchlike, Leon Trotsky declared that ‘the Nietzscheans’ were his natural allies in the creation of the socialist ‘superman’. In fact, from around 1900, Nietzsche was the go-to philosopher for all millennial fanatics, whether they claimed to be left-wing, right-wing or both … [Read more...] about Nietzsche’s intense friendship with Wagner forms the core of Sue Prideaux’s excellent new biography
In the small hours of 14 June 2007, the Queen guitarist Brian May sat worrying at his computer. The American rock band Journey had fired another lead singer: 41-year-old Jeff Scott Soto had been erased from the group’s website – shed, Brian observed in his blog, like a used pair of boots. It wasn’t that Brian didn’t sympathise with the pressures on a middle-aged rock band burdened with touring millions of dollars’ worth of hits when their original frontman was indisposed. He laid out Journey’s options. 1. Throw in the towel. 2. Find a look- and sound-alike. 3. Go out under a different name (“unrewarding”). 4. Find a new frontman who steals a bit of the limelight for himself. Journey are responsible for “Don’t Stop Believin’”, the most-downloaded song written in the 20th century. They have had five lead singers to date. The single component they’ve spent three decades cyclically seeking to replace is the … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightSteve Perry of Journey: “Things happened to me as a child. There was nowhere to talk it out, so I sang it out instead”
Women on the move: Meet the team behind Radio Ulster's Traffic and Travel Desk BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Our journey to and from work wouldn't be the same without them. The team behind the traffic and travel reports on BBC Radio Ulster, who aim to ease our commute during the rush hour, have become an essential part of our daily lives without us even realising it. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/women-on-the-move-meet-the-team-behind-radio-ulsters-traffic-and-travel-desk-37179029.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/article37179024.ece/7faee/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-08-04_lif_42956604_I1.JPG Email Our journey to and from work wouldn't be the same without them. The team behind the traffic and travel reports on BBC Radio Ulster, who aim to ease our commute during the rush hour, have become an essential part of our daily lives without us even realising it. They're determined to improve our travel arrangements, whether we're getting around by car, plane, boat … [Read more...] about Women on the move: Meet the team behind Radio Ulster’s Traffic and Travel Desk
Tomorrow night, the worthy winners of the 2018 Golden Apples awards will be crowned at a glittering dinner and ceremony. The Golden Apples awards honour the best and brightest in our schools and colleges - from pupils to staff and local community groups. Held at Forest Pines Hotel, 33 finalists will be formally recognised by BBC Radio Humberside hosts Carl Wheatley and Lizzie Rose. Eleven exceptional finalists will then be announced as overall category winners throughout the evening, which includes a sit down meal. Without the backing of our incredibly generous sponsors, we simply wouldn't be able to reward the dedication and sheer hard work made by the finalists. The Grimsby Telegraph has been proud to work alongside a number of high profile partners from across the Lincolnshire region who are sponsoring the categories, as well as the wonderful event. Here are some of those sponsors: Fortis Therapy & Training – Against All Odds Award We are proud to be joining the list of … [Read more...] about Who will take home one of the 11 awards?