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Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief arts writer, the Guardian; classicist. Author of inter alia, UNDER ANOTHER SKY: JOURNEYS IN ROMAN BRITAIN

Turin shroud was made for medieval Easter ritual, historian says

theguardian.com — When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion, and on to which was transferred his ghostly image.

Grayson Perry’s latest tapestry celebrates mongrel Britain

theguardian.com — It's hard to define Britishness. When Gordon Brown attempted to pin down British values a decade ago it all fell a little flat: liberty and tolerance were, after all, ideals not just of Britain but of any country with a healthy respect for human rights.

Richard Flanagan: ‘I lit the barbie with old drafts’

theguardian.com — Richard Flanagan has red rimmed eyes and an air of suspended bewilderment the morning after winning the Man Booker prize. Immediately after giving a charming acceptance speech that paid warm homage to his fellow contenders, he was rushed into interviews until the small hours, then roused from not-quite sleep at 6.30am for the next round.

Frieze: even sleeping security guards are art in a world of elaborate disguises

theguardian.com — There is an ingeniousness to the way Frieze adopts its elaborate disguises. This year, perhaps the two most ardently discussed booths at the twin art fairs in Regent's Park - Frieze, for contemporary work, and Frieze Masters, for antiquities, old masters and 20th century art - seem to have very little pretension to selling anything at all.

London's 'vigorous scene' and why Frieze art fair works

mg.co.za — ANALYSIS Think of London, and increasingly one thinks of inequality. There are the super-rich, devouring swaths of the luxed-up city. There are the retired middle classes who bought modest-seeming houses back in the day and find themselves millionaires, and whose children have little chance of becoming property owners except through inheritance.

Why Frieze works

theguardian.com — Think of London, and increasingly one thinks of inequality. There are the super-rich, devouring swaths of the luxed-up city. There are the retired middle classes who bought modest-seeming houses back in the day and find themselves millionaires, and whose children have little chance of becoming property owners except through inheritance.

Alan Davey: why Radio 3 have hired well in this former punk enthusiast

theguardian.com — For Alan Davey, becoming controller of BBC Radio 3 will be a dream job. Not least because it means a gracious exit from his old role. As Chief Executive of Arts Council England since 2008 he has been obliged, as a result of deep coalition cuts to the body's budget, to preside over job losses within the council itself and hugely painful cuts to arts organisations.

Britannia won't be ruling the waves on the Last Night of the Proms in Glasgow

theguardian.com — When the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra stages its version of the Last Night of the Proms on Glasgow Green on Saturday, the programme will tactfully eschew Rule, Britannia!, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

BBC accused of editing out new music from Proms on television

theguardian.com — Since 1927, when the BBC took over the Henry Wood promenade concerts, the Proms have been Britain's most important champion of new music, commissioning countless works from composers that have been experienced by an enthusiastic and open-minded audience that, in the words of Sir Harrison Birtwistle, is "in for anything".

Virgil’s Aeneid has travelled with me through life

theguardian.com — There was no thunderbolt of understanding; no flash of enlightenment. My first reading, as a teenager, brought me painfully through only a tiny fraction of it. Reading each line was messy and laborious, a dismemberment of language rather than a decipherment. But I can't think of another book that has invaded me more thoroughly.
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Oct 30, 2014

@BenQuinn75 Amazing piece isn't it. I mean. Burning fields of organic corn.

Oct 30, 2014

RT @BenQuinn75: Extraordinary portrait of EU member Hungary, where a strongman leader is building a new 'illiberal non-liberal' state theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 29, 2014

@LukeJennings1 GOODNESS. What year? I've a nasty feeling I saw this and was for ever traumatised.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @LukeJennings1: Those were the days! Me and Keith Harvie, Titus Andronicus for BBC TV pic.twitter.com/h63dpFqc2y

Oct 27, 2014

@BenKaneAuthor And you Ben! Sorry we missed the film. Dinner went on a bit - returned to hotel at 1120 and fell into bed...

Oct 24, 2014

A new light on the Turin shroud—a prop in a piece of medieval Easter theatrics, says historian Charles Freeman theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 23, 2014

New article: Turin shroud was made for medieval Easter ritual, historian says gu.com/p/42yk8

Oct 23, 2014

@waynemarkstubbs No she doesn't! (Or wait, maybe I do, I can't remember....) irrumabo vos et pedicabo vos etc may be lightly skipped over...

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