Private Schools

July 10, 2003

July 8th This week, my godchild Eleanor finishes her three years pre-prep at St Paul’s Cathedral School, ready to start at City of London School for Girls in September. When she was born, I promised to pay for her education […]


June 10, 2003

June 9th Twice a year the British confess their sins of greed and sloth and vow to mend their ways. The first time is straight after Christmas, when most of us look like the turkeys we’ve eaten. The second time […]

Opera odyssey

June 10, 2003

June 21st There are two kinds of transcendent experience; sex with someone you love, and a night at the opera. I often cry at a poem or a picture, but for me, only opera and sex are full body experiences, […]

Industry Standard

March 10, 2003

In 1439 Johann Gutenberg took on an apprentice to help him produce a book on his new printing press. Twenty copies of Ovid’s Metamorphosis were carefully run off and left to dry before being bound in vellum. The apprentice was […]