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Victorian Piles

David Cannadine

18 March 1982
The Albert Memorial: The Monument in its Social and Architectural Context 
by Stephen Bayley.
Scholar Press, 160 pp., £18.50, September 1981, 0 85967 594 7
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Victorian and Edwardian Town Halls 
by Colin Cunningham.
Routledge, 315 pp., £25, July 1981, 9780710007230
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... The English were not very good at commemorating their great men during the first three-quarters of the 19th century. The competition to select designs for the Nelson memorial was not held until 1838, and another three decades elapsed before the Trafalgar ensemble was completed with the addition of Landseer’s lions. The first major Wellington statue was placed, King Kong-like, atop Decimus Burton’s arch on Constitution Hill in 1846, but was so derided that it was removed in 1883 and consigned to the rustic obscurity of Aldershot’s military scrubland ...

Diary

Alan Bennett: What I did in 2005

5 January 2006
... to be brought down for the funeral and then presumably taken back to Wales to be buried beside Colin, her late husband, at their Welsh farmhouse. This, I gather, is pretty remote and the track to it hardly hearse-friendly so the grave when she eventually achieves it likely to be something of a relief. The church is interesting, though only the shell is the ...

Upside Down, Inside Out

Colin Kidd: The 1975 Referendum

25 October 2018
Yes to Europe! The 1975 Referendum and Seventies Britain 
by Robert Saunders.
Cambridge, 509 pp., £24.99, March 2018, 978 1 108 42535 3
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... dramatic, irreversible constitutional changes on the scale of Scottish independence or Brexit? The Cunningham Amendment introduced a controversial legitimacy threshold – 40 per cent of the entire electorate in Scotland – into the Scottish devolution referendum of 1979: non-voters were counted, in effect, as passive opponents of change. Worryingly, since ...

Paradise Syndrome

Sukhdev Sandhu: Hanif Kureishi

18 May 2000
Midnight All Day 
by Hanif Kureishi.
Faber, 224 pp., £9.99, November 1999, 0 571 19456 7
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... such as the Three Degrees: West Bromwich Albion’s Cyrille Regis, Brendan Batson and Laurie Cunningham. Vicariously we clutched our hairbrushes and mimed along in our bedrooms to joyful reggae anthems such as ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ and ‘Young, Gifted and Black’. But we failed to forge musical alliances along the lines of the alliance between ...

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