Philip Patrick

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Jo Brand should be free to make bad jokes

Here we go again, another week, another War of the Words. The Jo brand ‘battery acid’ controversy is this week’s …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 7 June 2019

Lost Classic: Arnold Bax

“This terrible thing of fashion, in assessing composers, especially in Great Britain, is something that worries me terribly”. So remarked …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 3 May 2019

Ten years since his death, John Updike's work remains as powerful as ever

Was anything written, said or done to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of American novelist, poet, art critic, …

By Philip Patrick

Thursday, 25 April 2019

If climate change really is a critical issue, we need to think about it critically

In John Wyndham’s classic sci-fi novel – The Day of the Triffids – a spectacular green meteor shower blinds anyone …

By Philip Patrick

Thursday, 11 April 2019

How to cope with the death of Brexit

Now and again, when overcome with the kind of weltschmerz that all too easily afflicts men in the 45 – …

By Philip Patrick

Monday, 1 April 2019

What I learned on the March to Leave

About halfway through the March for Leave last Friday, somewhere in Chelsea, an elderly couple of middle-eastern descent, wearing traditional …

By Philip Patrick

Friday, 29 March 2019

Keep Wagner away from Regietheater directors who don't care about opera

My absolutely least favourite phrase in any language is Regietheater. It even beats out People’s Vote for causing my heart …

By Philip Patrick

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Remainers must stop their generation blame game

I have been finding BBC’s Question Time disorientating lately. The location changes, as do the accents, clothes and haircuts of …

By Philip Patrick

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Why MPs were right to reject May's deal

Aargh! That’s it, I’ve had it. I give up. No, not on Brexit, there’s still the faintest glimmer of a …

By Philip Patrick