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Charlotte Higgins

London, mostly
Chief Arts Writer — The Guardian

Chief culture writer, the Guardian; classicist. THIS NEW NOISE (2015) is a book about the BBC. UNDER ANOTHER SKY (2013) is a book about Roman Britain

#Wearehere: Battle of the Somme tribute acted out across Britain — 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.

Artists are in shock after the vote, but we need them now more than ever — "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.

ENO artistic director Daniel Kramer: ‘I’ve never run an opera house. Isn’t that exciting?’ — Related: Exclusive video: Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton perform the love duet from ENO's Tristan and Isolde Appointing Daniel Kramer as artistic director of English National Opera feels like the last gasp for a company drowning in a sea of troubles.

Footprints, Size 10, from Britain’s Bronze Age — 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.

Blister Sisters' fundraising page — Steph, Becky & Charlotte Higgins My page: Hello!! Thanks for visiting our page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

Found art: Cornelia Parker and Jarvis Cocker share their spoils — 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.

Drowned worlds: Egypt's lost cities — 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.

Tudormania: Why can’t we get over it? — 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.

BP portrait shortlist announced — 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.

Höller's slides transform Tate Modern into playground — 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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Aug 24, 2016

RT @gdnlongread: It's easy to forget how very strange it is that each week 10 million Brits tune in to watch a baking contest #GBBO 

Aug 18, 2016

@kirstylogan Memories of last year! Wish I were there with you! Have a wonderful time.

Aug 18, 2016

@earlymodernjohn @timhayward He (and other early TV chefs) were a lost section on the history of TV cookery in the piece I wrote on #GBBO

Aug 18, 2016

@earlymodernjohn There are a few, too few, Youtube clips of him telling deskilled postwar people how to switch on a gas oven...

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