…and a special Strauss Friday Historical

…apropos of Johann Strauss for new year, it’s Friday and time for historical treats. Here’s Miliza Korjus, accompanied by the matchless solo violin playing (on the sound track) of Toscha Seidel, singing Tales of the Vienna Woods in the 1930 film The Great Waltz. After this, all we need is a bit of cut-price bubbly and we’re ready to meet 2011 and whatever it may do. “Something so sweet and so dangerous…”

BRING IT ON!

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens
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