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7 The Old Un’s Diary 12 Still With Us Ray Bellisario 14 Profitable Wonders James Le Fanu 16 Modern Life What is a legal high? 17 Olden Life Who was Warwick Deeping? 18 House Husbandry Giles Wood 20 Pearls of Wisdom Nell Dunn 21 Notes from the Sofa Raymond Briggs 23 Granny Annexe Virginia Ironside 24 A Grave Error Trader Faulkner 25 Rant Andrew Nickolds 26 God… Melanie McDonagh 26 …Mammon Margaret Dibben 27 Fashion Tamasin Doe 28 Dr Stuttaford’s Surgery Vitamin D;
HIFU for prostate cancer 30 Roving Reporter John Sweeney 32 I Once Met... George Harrison 33 Wilfred De’Ath The loser gets the girls 33 Rant Meg Gardner 34 Friendship Through the Fence
Ursula Holden 35 Brave New World Jane Thynne 35 Words Diarmaid Ó Muirithe 37 Superbyw@ys Webster 39 Send Us Your Txt 39 Ed Reardon’s Month 40 East of Islington Sam Taylor 42 Paddy Hitler John McEntee
43 Mind the Age Gap Lizzie Enfield 44 The Old Word Order John Torode 45 Whiteboard Jungle Kate Sawyer 46 Painter of Place Andrew Lambirth 48 Pedants’ Revolt Jane Thynne 48 Olympic Journal Janie Hampton 50 Readers Write 55 Unwrecked England Candida Lycett Green 57 Out and About 58 Travel Jonathan Fryer in Togo;
Rebecca Wallersteiner in the Galilee 60 Oldie Literary Lunches 90 Dear Mavis with Mavis Nicholson
BOOKS 61 Alice Pitman on Harry H Corbett;
Margaret Dibben on ‘Britain for Sale’; Peter Millar on Hans Fallada and Philip Sington’s ‘The Valley of Unknowing’; Ed Howker on Richard Holloway; Quentin Letts on Michael Spicer’s diaries; Michael Barber on ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England’; Andrew Hosken on Alex Crawford’s ‘Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat’; Rachel Redford reviews audiobooks
REVIEWS 68 MUSIC Richard Osborne
70 SPORT Frank Keating 70 cokery Elisabeth Luard 71 home front Alice Pitman 72 GARDENING David Wheeler 72 EXPAT Nick Manho 73 MEMORIAL James Hughes-Onslow 74 FILM Marcus Berkmann 74 theatre Paul Bailey 75 OLDIE MASTERS Philip Athill 76 DVD Philip Purser 76 wireles Valerie Grove 77 TELEVISION Richard Ingrams 79 WINE Robert Joseph PLUS80CROSSWORDS by Antico 83 COMPETITION with Tessa Castro 83 SUDOKU 84 CLASSIFIED
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andrew lambIrth writes about 93-year-old landscape artist Roland Collins on page 46. Lambirth is a curator and art critic who has written for a variety of publications including the Sunday Times, ModernPaintersand RA, the Royal Academy magazine. His many books include monographs on Craigie Aitchison, Nigel Hall, Maggi Hambling, Roger Hilton, John Hoyland, David Inshaw and Margaret Mellis.
PHILIP PURSER was born just five minutes from Broadway (Letchworth Garden City, not New York). He was a journalist on the DailyMailand then the News Chronicle, but when the Chronicle was scrapped he vowed never to be on anyone’s staff again, and became a freelancer, reviewing television for the SundayTelegraphfor 26 years. See page 76 for his review of a box set of nine Ken Loach films made for the BBC between 1965 and 1977.
ed howker is a journalist, author and troublemaker. He co-wrote JiltedGeneration:HowBritain HasBankruptedItsYouthin 2010, produces current affairs investigations for Channel 4 Dispatchesand writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines including the Spectator, the Guardianand Prospect. On page 64 he reviews Richard Holloway’s memoir LeavingAlexandria.
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