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Remembering Donald Sinden NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Week, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Donald Sinden was one of those rare actors who excelled in both comedy and tragedy, and offstage he was a brilliant performer as well. He liked to assume the role of a scatty old man — while retaining his rich, fruity intonation — while i...
Good for Britain, Good for Europe NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
My LibDem colleague and friend Giles Goodall’s take on the top EU appointments I blogged about at the weekend: The EU’s new faces: good for Britain, good for Europe   Giles Goodall is a member of the European Movement’s Nationa...
A Stronger EU Leadership? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 4 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
I only met Herman Van Rompuy once, finding him courteous and professorial, which is maybe not surprising given his low-key personality and taste for composing haiku, but I always felt it unfair the way the British Press ridiculed the former Belgian P...
UKIP Gets Its “First” MP NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Having debated against the eloquent Euro-sceptic Conservative MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, during May’s European election campaign, I am not particularly surprised by his defection to UKIP. In a sense it is odd he didn’t do it before...
Egypt: The Elusive Arab Spring NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
During the first few weeks of 2011 I was glued to Al Jazeera’s English-language TV channel as the revolution in Egypt unfurled and President Hosni Mubarak eventually stood down from power. But this proved to be a hollow victory for the predomin...
The Bridge NEW
Jonathan Fryer 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
I have only seen the second series of the TV crime drama The Bridge, but it made me an instant convert to Nordic Noir. The dynamic between the two mismatched detectives, one Danish, one Swedish, is quite special, as is the observation of their dysfun...
Christiania NEW
Jonathan Fryer 4 Weeks, 11 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
When a community of hippies and eco-warriors settled in Copenhagen’s garden suburb of Christiania over 40 years ago they were hailed as Europe’s equivalent to San Fracsisco’s peaceniks. But whereas many American drop-outs returned t...
“Islamic State”: Pure Evil NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 21 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
I have not watched the video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by a militant from the so-called Islamic State, IS (previously known as ISIS). I don’t need to, in order to share the revulsion and anger felt by most people in Brit...
The Beauty of Silence NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Brazil has long been one of my favourite countries in the world, but nowhere is perfect. The one thing about life here that I find really difficult is the absence of silence. Every cafe, restaurant and bar has either the television or radio blaring,...
Fighting Corruption NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes ago
In Brazil, where I’ve been for the past fortnight, much of the discussion in the run-up to state and presidential elections has been about corruption, which is so prevalent here, as in much of Latin America and elsewhere in the world, that it u...
An Independent Kurdistan? NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The tectonic plates of the Middle East are shifting. This is maybe not surprising, given the artificial boundaries imposed on the region by the British and French following the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. In...
Time to Boycott Israel NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
For years I have resisted calls to boycott Israel — not least in the field of academic exchanges — on the grounds that constructive engagement had a better chance of delivering an equitable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, as we...
Bonnie Greer’s Confessional NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The black American playwright, cultural commentator and journalist Bonnie Greer grew up in Chicago’s poor south side at a time when one’s skin colour defined one’s identity — and for many people, one’s role in life. But...
A Joyous Funeral at the Charterhouse NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
My old friend, the publisher and editor Peter Day, left very precise instructions for his funeral, which took place at lunchtime today at the Charterhouse in the City (where he spent the last 14 years of his life). There was to be absolutely NO EULOG...
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé NEW
Jonathan Fryer 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Joanne Harris’s novel Chocolat was a huge success in many countries and languages, as well as being the basis for an Oscar-nominated film of the same name, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. So the south-western French village of Lansqu...
What Writers Really Earn NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 2 Days, 18 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The wealth generated by the UK’s creative industries is on the up; according to the government’s Department for Cuoluture, Media and Sport they are now worth £71.4 billion a year. Yet writers are seeing their incomes falling, t...
Remembering Peter Day NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
The publisher, editor and longtime English PEN activist Peter Day, who has died, could on occasions be extremely sharp-tongued, but at heart he was a man of immense human kindness. He particularly sprang into action whenever any of his friends was il...
Alan Duncan, Free to Speak NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
When Lord Lothian invited International Development Minister Alan Duncan to address the Global Strategy Forum at the National Liberal Club today on the Arab Spring three years on, he can have had no inkling that Mr Duncan would be ministerially defen...
Ten Months to Differentiate NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
I am one of those Liberal Democrats who firmly believes it was the right thing for the party to go into Coalition with the Conservatives in 2010, despite being distinctly centre-left personally. Besides, the LibDem special conference in Birmingham ov...
Virginia Woolf at the NPG NEW
Jonathan Fryer 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
When I was doing English Lit A level, many moons ago, one of my classmates had a great passion for the writings of Virginia Woolf. She was not on the curriculum, and our English Master openly mocked this boy’s predilection, preferring instead t...