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Our Muddy Vesture

Frank Kermode: Pacino’s Merchant of Venice, 6 January 2005

William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ 
directed by Michael Radford.
December 2004
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... Here is one clear reason Jews hate Christians and Christians despise Jews. There are others. Radford’s movie begins with an anti-Jewish riot, foregrounding the topic of a more general anti-semitism, not so expressed in the play, rather than usury. In fact it is quite a time before anything happens that originates in the play itself. Shakespeare ...

A Tentative Idea for a Lamp

Tim Radford: Thomas Edison, 18 March 1999

Edison: A Life of Invention 
by Paul Israel.
Wiley, 552 pp., £19.50, November 1998, 0 471 52942 7
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... Edison survived to the age of 84 on meals weighing no more than four or five ounces.)Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, and others like them, had made science fashionable, popular and hugely exciting. Edison and his schoolfellows began experimenting with chemical reactions. At the age of 12, with the help of a friend, he built a half-mile-long telegraph line ...


Melanie McFadyean: In the Wrong Crowd, 25 September 2014

... no doubt, however, that Ferguson had a knife. Five days into the trial, Ferguson’s QC, Nadine Radford, announced that her client was changing his plea to guilty, but it didn’t become clear that he was the sole stabber until sentencing, when Radford told the court that Ferguson had been ‘on a frolic of his ...

A Common Assault

Alan Bennett: In Italy, 4 November 2004

... filming in Ilkley. Nothing untoward occurred until the evening, when I was taken out to supper by Michael Palin and Maggie Smith. Came my salad of mixed leaves and there, nestling among the rocket, were several shards of broken glass. ‘Very mixed,’ said Miss Smith. ‘No,’ said the waiter. ‘It’s a mistake.’ I reached the 1990s without ...

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