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Big in Japan 6

IKanazawa railway station is quite something. After the Shinkansen glided in, coming to a stop…

Big in Japan 5

Taxis in Japan, we found, were beautifully clean, retro-sixties style monuments to kitsch, replete with…

Marina Warner at The John Rylands Library

To the John Rylands library to see Marina Warner (does the Dame come before or…

Big in Japan 4

Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, enchants the visitor at every turn. And it’s not…

Dan Hicks

I suppose it will have been in late 1971 or early 1972. I was meeting…

Eric Ambler: The Levanter

I read, as I suppose many of my generation did, Eric Ambler’s  The Mask of…

Entartete Musik

To the Manchester Jewish Museum, on Holocaust Memorial Day, for a concert of music condemned…

Big in Japan 3

Onto the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto. Note the position of the apostrophe: we are talking…

Shiny New Books

Shiny New Books 8 is now out. As usual, it features an eclectic range of…

Jeremy Duns: The Moscow Option

The third volume in Jeremy Duns’s terrific Paul Dark series takes our troubled agent back…