Waterloo station, London: 8am. "I'm here, under the big clock," said a man into his phone. So were about 20 young men, immediately conspicuous because they were dressed in the various dull-green uniforms of the first world war: boots and puttees; highland dress; flared breeches.
"We had a headache," wrote Philip Pullman on Twitter on Friday, "so we shot our foot off. Now we can't walk, and we still have the headache." There is, of course, no one like a novelist to reach for the apt and telling metaphor at a time of chaos.
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The biggest skies in England loom above the fens, in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and Lincolnshire, on the country's eastern edge. It is a flat landscape, low-lying and damp; much of the ground sits only a few feet above sea level.
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What is it to be found? The idea presupposes that something has once been lost; if it's an object, it can long outlive the loser and bring with it, in its re-emergence, the breath of a forgotten time. Late last century, in the drains of the Roman amphitheatre in London, bits of gold jewellery were found.
Near the tiny farming villages of Rashwan and Abu Mishfa in the Nile Delta - the kind of villages where you might see a girl tugging on the harness of a recalcitrant water buffalo as she leads it out to graze, or a mule-drawn cart loaded with animal feed - is a scrappy lake, the haunt of innumerable egrets.
One blustery spring morning, Lucy Worsley, the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and TV historian, marched me round Hampton Court Palace in search of Tudor pee. Traces were, she said, to be found on one of her favourite artefacts - a pisspot excavated in Henry VIII's privy garden.
A shy, naked girl, recoiling from the artist's gaze; an elderly gent with hooded eyes and translucent skin; and a young man with a blank but intense gaze, posed as if for a police mugshot, are among the subjects of the works shortlisted for this year's BP portrait award.
Principally, your dignity. And any sense of being an adult. And all control. In the few seconds it takes to whoosh through one of these stainless steel and plastic tubes and re-emerge at the bottom of the Turbine Hall, you have been infantilised into a rumpled, red-faced, giggling tomfool.
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Selecting a term
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