Monthly Archives: April 2013

In praise of the 1970s: why This House @NationalTheatre is such a hit

James Graham’s This House, still showing at The National Theatre, is one of the very best productions I have ever seen. So cleverly crafted, directed and choreographed, and vibrantly acted. Its context is Parlament, specifically the House of Commons, and … Continue reading

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Dying (still) matters

Three years ago, I was working for Marie Curie Cancer Care, an eye-opening experience professionally and personally. I went on to support the NHS end-of-life care programme, and gave my free time to the Dying Matters Coalition. Having lost my … Continue reading

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Citation for Joan Armatrading, honorary Doctor of Music #ou_ceremonies

More than 600 OU students graduated at our degree ceremonies at the Barbican last Friday. Professor Musa Mihsein, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, presided, and I presented our honorary graduate, Joan Armatrading. This is my citation: Pro-Vice-Chancellor, members of Senate, graduates and guests. … Continue reading

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