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... of flanking saints who are inside already, standing on the marble floor. Each thing he brings is sharp as a stone which I discover as I shake my shoe, and tip it out to hear it click and patter to a stop. There is no need to badger at the garrison, trooping home for supper. Recall your champions. Inform the tower, the gable, silk on a mitre, the paper label ...

A Surfeit of Rank

Simon Akam, 10 March 2022

The Habit of Excellence: Why British Army Leadership Works 
by Langley Sharp.
Penguin, 320 pp., £20, October 2021, 978 0 241 50750 6
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... a book called The Habit of Excellence: Why British Army Leadership Works.When Lieutenant Colonel Sharp’s book was announced, one person on Twitter commented: ‘Thumbing through my copy of The Habit of Excellence – Why Wehrmacht Leadership Works (Berlin, 1945). Copy has suffered some fire and water damage.’ On the home front, this is an institution in ...

Blues for Titania

R.F. Langley, 24 July 2003

... are opening all along the hedge. Sparrows adopt passionate poses in each of them. Detail is so sharp and so minute that the total form suggests infinity. Everything. Wincing. Oh, but thereby, it seems to me, there is infinite loneliness. Such tons of shingle. If I find my feet in it, I will walk up and down and sing, that they shall hear that I am not ...

Settling accounts

Keith Walker, 15 May 1980

‘A heart for every fate’: Byron’s Letters and Journals, Vol. 10, 1822-1823 
edited by Leslie Marchand.
Murray, 239 pp., £8.95, March 1980, 0 7195 3670 7
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... Thomas Moore in 1817, doesn’t seem quite appropriate. It would have been better to borrow Doris Langley Moore’s Lord Byron: Accounts Rendered, for in these months in Genoa (October 1822 – June 1823) Byron was settling his accounts with his creditors, with his public, with his publisher John Murray, with his mistress, and making arrangements to settle ...

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