“My sin, my soul”. How Lolita can help us understand our sexual predators

It's a week the BBC hopes passes quickly, with other news becoming more dominant but the publication of Dame Janet Smith’s report on the sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Saville will mean a permanent record is now part of it's history. The media is full of comment and opinion.  I have only a small thing to add to this; I … Continue reading “My sin, my soul”. How Lolita can help us understand our sexual predators

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In the eye of these storms

As the ninth storm of the winter battered Britain this week, where's the beauty in our wild, woolly weather? SPECTACLE Photography:  Whipped up and frenzied; our storm-lashed coasts are becoming a staple of the weather news coverage.  To capture the spectacle of wind and rain and sea, the fool-hardy tog up and brave the elements, phone camera in (a slippery) … Continue reading In the eye of these storms

Watch. Listen. Read. February

  Watch: War and Peace (Sunday 9pm) will march smartly to it's finale this weekend on BBC1 (Downtonov Abbeyski? I wonder what Tolstoy would make of this lovely looking but less epic, more episodic interpretation?) For a more cerebral look at Russian history, there's Lucy Worsley's BBC 4 series; Empire of the Tsars.      A jaunty saunter through the imperial lives of the … Continue reading Watch. Listen. Read. February