Human diversity is

I have seen the future, brother, it is murder. Leonard Cohen, The Future, (1993) From the street corner where Gavrilo Princip shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie – precipitating not only the First World War but a calamitous century – a few steps might have taken him to an Orthodox church, a mosque, … Continue reading Human diversity is

Below the radar

There’s a lot of interest at the moment in the value of culture and cultural value (not the same thing), both in academic and policy terms, and I’ve touched on it before. Research programmes, initiatives like the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places and political speeches can all enrich the debate about how we understand … Continue reading Below the radar

Joining the canon

As tribute records go, La Bande à Renaud, is not bad, but it is a little sad. There is a valedictory air to these restrained, polite versions of songs by one of the dominant figures of French popular music since the 1970s, Renaud Séchan – which is ironic since Renaud himself was neither. In scores … Continue reading Joining the canon

Extending access in Norfolk

The view from London Last week, Sajid Javid, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport used his first speech on culture to issue an important and justified challenge to the cultural sector on of its record of inclusion. Three days later, his shadow, Harriet Harman made a very similar argument in her … Continue reading Extending access in Norfolk