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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Post-Blackpool week is traditionally a Strictly slump, and there was malaise in the form of Frankie enduring Viennese, Steve wincing through jive and Mark visibly relieved to survive tango. However, we also had the majestic return of Jake’s hips, Pixie’s … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Week 2 of Strictly, and the judges have already taken leave of their senses. It’s going to be a long series. The second performance show – the one which leads to an elimination, and in which, therefore, the scoring is … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking

It’s been a turbulent summer. Warring nations. Deadly disease. Ferocious independence debates. And, of course, a luxuriously bearded baking hipster getting a bit cross with someone from the WI. But fear not, morose nation! Strictly is back, and we can all … Continue reading

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Swing time, Hardy’s love, star baker and art outdoors

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Swing when you’re winning with the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Festival Seek out Thomas Hardy’s lost love Become a star baker Catch two Northern Ballet gems on tour Enjoy your culture al fresco with Dorset Art … Continue reading

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In defence of the critic

Nearly 50 years after Barthes proclaimed the death of the author, it is with great sadness and accompanying X Factor contestant departure music that I announce the death of the critic. Or if not the death, at least the inexorable decline. The critic … Continue reading

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