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Albert Spalding - American violinist

Friday, September 30, 2016

In a recent blog about swans, my colleague Cheryl Tipp used a recording of the famous work by Saint-Saëns, Le Cygne. Normally played on the cello, she found an arrangement for violin played by the American violinist Albert Spalding. Along...

Dialects not only connect, they sometimes divide

Friday, September 30, 2016

Towards the end of the 1980s a close northern friend once confided in me his disappointment at being consistently overlooked for international honours in cricket and rugby due to perceived selectorial bias towards players based in the south of England....

‘The only censor is honesty’: Press Freedom and its Limits in Revolutionary Vienna

Friday, September 30, 2016

For many who took to the streets in the European revolutions of 1848 press freedom and an end to government censorship were key demands. When these were granted – if only, as it often turned out, for a limited period...

Valerius Maximus: A Handbook for the Roman Arriviste?

Friday, September 30, 2016

In Rome in AD 31, Valerius Maximus finished his collection of almost a thousand stories from the Roman world. It was a time of great change and uncertainty, but also the beginning of a new era, as the great Roman...

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