All that Glisters Is Not Gold – The Merchant of Venice at the Globe

Back from London, where on Sunday I went straight from an intense political discussion with my son in the BFI canteen to a production of “Merchant of Venice” at the Globe. I have blogged about the Merchant before, after seeing the striking but ideologically muddled RSC production of 2011. And indeed, one problem with directing… More All that Glisters Is Not Gold – The Merchant of Venice at the Globe

When Enough is Enough – the sad story of Olive Cooke

Olive Cooke, aged 92, was one of Britain’s longest-serving poppy sellers. This week her body was recovered from the Avon Gorge – apparently she had committed suicide. There could be several reasons behind this, but close relatives suspect that the intense pressure she felt from several charities to donate to their causes was one of… More When Enough is Enough – the sad story of Olive Cooke

Food Banks and Libraries – better together?

The recent all-party inquiry into food poverty in Britain is a calm, compassionate and eminently sensible document, and in his forward the Bishop of Truro, Tim Thornton, puts his finger on precisely the reason why so many people in our society are falling into desperate straits. It is more than a matter of falling incomes… More Food Banks and Libraries – better together?