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Nigel Jarrett
Writer, reviewer, observer of the half-empty glass
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Nigel Jarrett 13h
Extraordinary moment on Antiques Roadshow just now: an uncut copy of Joyce's Ulysses, published by Shakespeare &Co and bought for £30 in the 1980s, now worth £18,000. To think we are still writing novels in the old pre-Joyce page-turning way.
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Nigel Jarrett 14h
Replying to @RaymondKeywords
Which are?
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Nigel Jarrett 16h
In a class of her own.
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Nigel Jarrett 16h
Replying to @helenmj7 @Simon_Vessey
You've nailed it. If there's a second vote to Leave, it would be curtains not only for the country but for its party-political system.
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Nigel Jarrett 19h
Gerard Manley Hopkins's 'fresh firecoal chestnut-falls', from his poem Pied Beauty. Only when I saw one did I have that Eureka! moment and understand what he was referring to.
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Nigel Jarrett 19h
This despite there being a valid Leftist case for Brexit - see Paul Mason passim
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Nigel Jarrett 19h
Lots of us knew that a referendum on the EU would be difficult for Labour and expose a rift between its progressive thinkers (Remain) and its emotional core support (Leave). Why is it that the Tories can bridge the gap between these two factions? All parties have them.
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Nigel Jarrett 20h
Replying to @CathBarton1
You could write a review of the coffee house for TripAdviser.
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Nigel Jarrett 20h
Replying to @missholborow
As a kid we used to have a book called Enquire Within, which described maladies you always thought you'd contracted but could never be sure of: you know, malaria, beri-beri, dengue fever - all rampant in the Eastern Valley of Gwent.
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Nigel Jarrett 20h
A pleasure to review this production again: mid-Verdi at his most contemporary and realistic. Reading:
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 22
Replying to @FromSteveHowell
I heard some street interviews in a Brexit-voting area (actually a Labour heartland, as they're called). Sample responses: 'Let the Irish sort out their own problems'; and 'We can do the jobs that the Poles do'. Dear me.
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 21
Replying to @MisterWhitehead
Thank you, Nicholas. It needs someone else to say it!
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 21
Replying to @CarlDifford
I know the feeling. I can recommend trains, Chris 'Failing' Grayling notwithstanding. I've just re-discovered them, Abergavenny being the centre of the permanent way.
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 21
Replying to @Coffeegranita
I'll just take look...x
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 21
Replying to @Gwentydd
It's a very interesting question. Someone asked me if my attitude to Maxim Gorky (a favourite) would change if I discovered he'd been a paedophile. The reverse is equally fascinating. Would we think any more of Pound, an anti-Semite, if we knew he gave all his money to the poor?
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 21
I've gone all post-apocalyptic. Here's a link to a story based on a place my neighbours will recognise. They'll have to imagine the bleak future into which I've booted it.
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 20
Replying to @Gwentydd
Interesting. Should we think any less of his poetry?
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 19
Come back, Marshall McLuhan, to a world in which a tweet consisting of unutterable garbage is equal to one of commendable wisdom. It's the medium that counts. Every idiot laying claim to the truth is simply empowered by social media to reject expertise.
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 19
Replying to @LutheBlue
Good on you. It's amazing that in the 21st century local authorities are still trying this one on.
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Nigel Jarrett Sep 18
Well done, Rajvi.
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