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My Left Foot

My Left Foot

There are many excuses to start drinking, most of which are stretched as an attempt to justify the self-imposed intoxication, but some are hard to imagine surviving completely sober. “My…

Pink Floyd’s album sleeves explained

Pink Floyd’s album sleeves explained

‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ (1973). The concept of this cover, according the artist Storm Thorgerson, was to try and connect with Pink Floyd’s live shows; “famous for their…

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Shadowed by the plain-clothes police protection officer that now follows him round the clock, Michel Houellebecq, France’s most successful living writer, shuffles into his Paris publisher’s office. His quiet, otherworldly…

Concrete plans: brutalist buildings to be celebrated in National Trust tours

Concrete plans: brutalist buildings to be celebrated in National Trust tours

Trust will offer behind-the-scenes look at icons of the controversial architectural movement, including the Southbank Centre and Park Hill flats. It is a long way from the day out to…

Anish Kapoor ‘queen’s vagina’ sculpture at Versailles vandalised again

Anish Kapoor ‘queen’s vagina’ sculpture at Versailles vandalised again

Sculpture officially called ‘Dirty Corner’, in Palace of Versailles gardens, was attacked in June then cleaned but this time graffiti will stay ‘to bear witness’ A controversial sculpture by artist…

The Contemplative Story of Dear Prudence

The Contemplative Story of Dear Prudence

I love the Beatles, and like many Beatles fans, I think The White Album is one of their great masterpieces. And one of the best songs on The White Album…