Category Archives: Black Mischief

London in the Slump

A new book has been published about London in the 1930s. This is entitled Playboys and Mayfair Men and is written by Angus McLaren, Professor Emeritus at University of Victoria. The book focuses on a sensational jewel robbery at the … Continue reading

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Eating People is Still Wrong

Andrew Donaldson writing in his column in the South African newspaper The Weekend Argus discusses the current status of cannibalism. This article, written with tongue firmly in cheek, was inspired by recent expressions of concern among South African politicians about … Continue reading

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Leigh Fermor Novel Reprinted

New York Review Books has republished the only novel of Patrick Leigh Fermor. This was originally published in 1953 and was entitled The Violins of Saint Jacques. It is about a fictional Caribbean island where a volcano erupts and disrupts … Continue reading

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The Roman Empire and Freedom of Movement

The feature of EU membership which more than any other seems to have contributed to Britain’s exit from that institution is freedom of movement. Yet, as explained in a recent article in the Catholic Herald, there is nothing particularly innovative … Continue reading

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Joseph Epstein Reviews Waugh

Veteran US essayist, short-story writer and former editor of The American Scholar, Joseph Epstein, has written a review of Philip Eade’s biography of Evelyn Waugh. This appears in the latest issue of the Claremont Review of Books and is as … Continue reading

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Telegraph Makes Literary Tour of Stately Homes

In today’s Property section of the Daily Telegraph, there is a discussion of a tour of stately homes that have a literary connection. This is by Eleanor Doughty, known to this parish as a Waugh fan. She starts with a … Continue reading

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New Service on Djibouti-Addis Ababa Railway

The New York Times has announced opening of service on the new railway line from Djibouti to Addis Ababa (including videos of opening ceremony and trains): The 10:24 a.m. train out of Djibouti’s capital drew some of the biggest names … Continue reading

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Waugh Sites

Several newspapers have recently recommended visits to sites in England that have been associated with Evelyn Waugh. The Daily Telegraph in its Property column has a fairly detailed description of Renishaw Hall. Although still owned and occupied by the Sitwell … Continue reading

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Black Mischief on Surfer List

Evelyn Waugh’s 1932 novel Black Mischief is included on a list of recommended books that every surfer should read. This is on the surfing weblog beachgrit.com and is compiled by Chas Smith: Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh is the most awesome … Continue reading

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Shades of Black Mischief

A recent “Wild Life” column by Aidan Hartley in the Spectator describes how the new British High Commissioner to Kenya has snubbed the few white farmers who remain in that country: I realised I had fallen from grace when we … Continue reading

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