Culture/Manners

The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt (Commentary Sept. 2015)

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What Really Happened in the Tim Hunt Affair and Why It Matters In 1983, the British biochemist Timothy Hunt discovered cyclins, a family of proteins that help regulate the life of cells. Eighteen years later, in 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Between June 8 and June 10 of this year, [Read more…]

Elgin Debt Relief - A modest proposal to help Greece (Politico Jul.10, 2015)

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Elgin Debt Relief - A modest proposal to help Greece (Politico Jul.10, 2015)

Britain should help the Greeks out with the IMF; in return, Greece should relinquish the Marbles. Visitors look at the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, at the British Museum in London | EPA There is  so much resentment and anger on both sides in the Greek debt crisis that you wish someone could [Read more…]

Oscar and the Oppressors (Spectator Life 29 March 2014)

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Oscar and the Oppressors (Spectator Life 29 March 2014)

 Hollywood loves a social conscience picture, but its own culture is more conservative than it looks   As host Ellen DeGeneres joked at the Academy Awards, there were two outcomes that night: ‘Possibility number one: 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. And possibility two: you’re all racists.’ There is little question that 12 Years a Slave is a well-made, [Read more…]

In Praise of Teatime (Verve Magazine, August 2012)

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Jonathan Foreman eschews the world of modern worries and fears, of a quick coffee or hurried after-work drink for the old-fashioned indulgence of teatime, and discovers that this ‘meal’ is for those who truly love and can afford luxury There is nothing like tea. Not tea the drink but tea the meal – the traditional late [Read more…]

Functional Fitness for India (Verve Magazine July 2012)

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Sprint rather than jog. Hop skip and jump like a child. Make your body your gym. Keep moving. Always take the stairs. Jonathan Foreman explains that your body will thank you for safeguarding it with Functional Fitness – which is not about looking good but training for your life It is the latest buzzword in fitness. [Read more…]

Brewing it Up (Verve Magazine December 2011)

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  The arrival of global coffee house behemoths in the country proves that modern Indian café culture has reached a new level of maturity and competitive excitement. Thanks to the espresso machine – and all that comes with it – a generation of young people has been liberated, observes Jonathan Foreman A micro-skirted, skinny, short-haired young [Read more…]

Taking the Private Jet to Copenhagen (Sunday Times Mag 29 Nov 2009)

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Any celebrity flying the green flag needs glittering eco-credentials. But how do they justify the fleet of customised planes, the luxury homes and the posse of servants Hypocrisy is the vice we find hardest to forgive, but it’s also the one we most enjoy discovering in others. And nothing piques our interest more than eco-hypocrisy as [Read more…]

Big Bad Brits, And Other Movie Casting Myths (NR April 1998)

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Media people are different, if not from you or me, then from most Americans. They tend to be upper middle class and, if they are in positions of influence, to be Baby Boomers, i.e., between the ages of 35 and 55. Their politics and their values are influenced more by their generational experience than by anything [Read more…]

Talk of the Town – The Pictures – With the Islanders away, Bollywood invades the Nassau Coliseum On a normal Saturday night, the security detail at Nassau Coliseum has the arduous task of keeping thousands of heavymetal enthusiasts in line. Or the famously aggressive fans of the New York Islanders. But at the recent performance of [Read more…]

He is the outstanding chronicler of the Anglophone Caribbean, the brightest literary beacon of the Indian diaspora and arguably Britain’s greatest living writer. But V.S. Naipaul, prized by millions of readers for his precise language and thought and recent winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, is just about the last author one would expect [Read more…]