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Wed 22 May 2019

Raymond Martinez

Olives, Pop Stars and Blossom

“Normally if you go to an art school, afterwards the only jobs are teaching, but I have taught practically nothing in my whole life and managed to survive. A lot of it is luck, a lot of it is about being continuous – you’ve got to work. And you’ve got to have something to say.”

Tue 21 May 2019

This is the kind of place where dishes are tried by all staff and meticulously learned to be paired with a litany of new and frequently fascinating wines. The sommelier in charge of our wine flight had a refreshing irreverence to him and his choices. It felt like the goal was to explore the world of wine and, by extension, his passion for it...

Fri 17 May 2019

What if I told you that a 16 year old girl with a broken leg was kept in a prison cell because there were no beds in the hospital… Sound ridiculous? Feel shocked? Even

Thu 16 May 2019

Kathy Sledge

“We’ll Always Be Family” 

“Did you see Bohemian Rhapsody?” Kathy Sledge asks me from New York. “Oh my gosh, I think Rami Malek was just amazing.” What you learn from that film, says the youngest member of the original Sister Sledge, is that Freddie Mercury was unapologetic about his talent. She was different, feeling “almost guilty” as a lead singer...

Thu 16 May 2019

Stress, Smiles and Sleeping Naked 

Transforming Emotions with Physical Intelligence

“Are we disturbing you?” Claire Dale asks somebody sat nearby, in light of their reactions to the interview I’m conducting with her and Patricia Peyton, at Oxford Martin School where they’ve just given a talk as part of Oxford Literary Festival. The person says they’re not disturbed, but opines they’ve been hearing something “unnecessarily complicated”...

Wed 15 May 2019

Being open about needing 40mg of an SSRI every day is part of breaking down the stigma. Luckily one of the compensations is a wealth of some of the most interesting, uncomfortable, and otherwise brilliant pieces of writing...

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