Country cousins show how to do it

Private festivals avoid the absurd interpretations of classic operas that shame the subsidised sector. Standpoint magazine, October 2016, p. 71.

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Glorious Summer

Compares the success of Britain’s privately funded opera festivals, with the ready acceptance of failure at publicly funded Covent Garden, Standpoint magazine, September 2015, p. 6.

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Wotan’s trolley

In Berlin to review Wagner’s Ring, my request to pay for a shopping trolley was refused. Can the Eurozone survive even stronger differences, and does the Ring hold a warning for us? Standpoint Magazine, May 2013, p. 12.

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Accelerating the debate on motion

Compares Einstein’s depth of thought with the lower level sophistication in modern finance, Standpoint Magazine, July/August 2012, p. 83.

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Eurodämmerung

As the Eurozone countries wrestle with the fate of the single currency, we examine parallels in Wagner’s Ring cycle. History Today, July 2012, p. 5.

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A light shining from Babylon

Compares the search for the Higgs boson to the Babylonian discovery of how to predict eclipses, Standpoint Magazine, May 2012, p 72.

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Perishing Publishers

Describes publication practices in academia, and mathematicians’ recent boycott of Elsevier, Standpoint Magazine, April 2012, p. 11.

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Euro soap opera

Describes the new Bayreuth production of Tannhäuser in relation to the Euro Crisis, Standpoint Magazine, September 2011, p. 13.

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University Challenged

On the stifling bureaucracy in universities, Standpoint Magazine, January/February 2011, p. 12.

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Never too Old

Applauds the value of learning ancient Greek, Standpoint Magazine, May 2010, p. 13.

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Unsound Science

Criticises the government’s recent misguided proposal to evaluate the social and economic impact of scientific research, Standpoint Magazine, December 2009, p. 10–11.

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Taking research for granted

Suggests better ways to fund scientific creativity in universities, Standpoint Magazine, April 2009, p. 82.

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Ditch the new maths for good old Euclid

On the sad loss of Euclidean geometry as a foundation for logical reasoning, Standpoint Magazine, November 2008, p. 54.

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