The Spectator

25 May 2019

Corbyn isn’t working

Labour is being picked apart by its new enemies

Books

The flood-prone megacity of Wuhan on the Yangtze now has permeable pavements and artificial wetlands to soak up the water like a sponge

Lead book review

Towards a technological utopia

Ingenious innovations in science and engineering could make for a healthier future for us all, says Simon Winchester

Two geishas relax after entertaining a client. Inset is the curfew bell at Asakusa, the major entertainment centre of old Tokyo. Woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu

Books

Passing bells for old Tokyo

Before Japan adopted Western time, great bells would keep the hours in the shogun’s city, telling people when to rise, eat and sleep

Bertrand Russell was portrayed as Mr Apollinax by T.S. Eliot, wittering incomprehensibly and laughing ‘like an irresponsible foetus’

Books

Oddballs of English philosophy

Jonathan Rée’s beguiling history includes vignettes of the eccentric Bertrand Russell and of Thomas Davidson, the Aristotelian turnip-hoer from Aberdeen

Zuzana Ruzicková. Credit: Getty Images

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Bach helped me survive Bergen-Belsen

Throughout her incarceration, the memory of Bach’s music brought ‘order in chaos and beauty in ugliness’, recalls the Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ruzicková

Geoffrey Hill. Credit: Peter Everard Smith

Books

Last lines on Brexit from Geoffrey Hill

Hill’s deep thought about English politics has always been evident, and his final poem records his ‘numbness after the shock of exit...’

Boer refugees were herded by the British into cattle trucks to be shunted into concentration camps at Bloemfontein in 1901. Credit: Alamy Stock Photo

Books

Brutish Brits: You Will Be Safe Here, by Damian Barr, reviewed

Barr’s meticulously researched debut novel attributes South Africa’s current violent state to the brutality of the British in 1901

Life at the Globe

Life at the Globe

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL PARTNERS OF SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE’S 2019 SUMMER SEASON   ‘Small Latin and less Greek’ was Ben…