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Issue 1368
medicine balls
With M.D.: "The annual conference of the NHS Confederation is where politicians from all sides present their big ideas for health and social care. In the one before an election there is usually tedious point-scoring, but this year Jeremy Hunt, Andy Burnham and Norman Lamb all agreed that the service faces massive challenges, that health and social care need to be joined as a single system and – having just gone through the biggest reforms in NHS history – it will require further massive reform to do this…”
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With Remote Controller: "Network TV executives… are prone to see the fable of the golden goose not as a warning against greed but as a business plan: any profitable franchise is undermined by being over-mined. As if five weekly episodes of Coronation Street weren’t enough, the producers now, wherever possible, fill the half-hour slots between the Monday and Friday double-headers with behind-the-scenes docs…”
[Review of Gail & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street and Farewell Tina (both ITV)]
keeping the lights on
With Old Sparky: “Has the UK government made a massive blunder with its future energy policy? It is based on a bet that gas prices will rise indefinitely, but signs from the industry suggest quite the opposite.…”
nooks and corners
With Piloti: "Thanks to the efficiency of Glasgow’s fire service, the blaze [at Glasgow School of Art] was contained. The school authorities are now upbeat, saying most of the structure and 70 percent of the contents survived; the lecture theatre was only partially damaged and the archives are safe. What the school is not saying is that the store room above the library was also destroyed. This contained paintings by Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald, as well as furniture. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society says that more than a hundred pieces by Mackintosh are gone – as are all the rare books that were in the library. Nor is the school saying that managers were repeatedly warned about the fire danger…”
music and musicians
With Lunchtime O’Boulez: "There are things the Southbank Centre gets right – such as last year’s modern music season, The Rest is Noise – but it also gets things wrong, and never more so than its mismanaged, muddled plans to renovate the Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH), Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery. These have dragged on for years but entered a new state of chaos last week with the announcement that £24m would be spent on ‘repairs and maintenance’ – of buildings that are scheduled for a complete overhaul in the near future…”
books and bookmen
With Bookworm: "The Telegraph has been running extracts from Bryony Gordon’s memoirs, The Wrong Knickers – thus revealing to shocked readers (Sir Herbert and Lady Gussett) that one of the paper’s top columnists spent much of the past decade boozed out of her brains and hopping into bed with unsuitable men. Happily this dissolute life came to an end when she settled down to motherhood and marriage with a chap named Harry. Who he? The Telegraph serialisation did not say – understandably enough, since he is in fact the paper’s former banking editor Harry Wilson, who resigned last month…”
in the city
With Slicker: "Chancellor George Osborne was expected to use his annual Mansion House speech… to tell the banker audience there will be tighter new controls on the otherwise unregulated $5trn-a-day global foreign exchange market, one of the City’s biggest earners. The Treasury’s hand has been forced by the ever-widening global investigation into suspected manipulation of key benchmark currency rates. This follows evidence of similar rigging of the Libor inter-bank lending rate (a series of criminal trials are set for next year) and, more recently, the daily London gold price. All three benchmarks are foundations of the City’s pre-eminence…”
Letter from Bangkok
From Our Own Correspondent: "
Ah, the reassuring presence of khaki on the capital’s streets, martial music and the return of our patriotic armed forces to save us Thais yet again from ourselves – a duty and tradition they have performed at least once every decade since we became a constitutional monarchy in 1932. General Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief, has stepped in after more than six months of protests in central Bangkok. And it looks as if he is in no hurry to move on…”
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