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Standpoint Magazine: Golden Gogol

A new production of The Nose, Shostakovich’s opera based on Gogol’s mesmerisingly surreal short story, was part of this season at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. A Tarkovsky retrospective was held in Shoreditch. Any moment now, I expect to get invited to a poetry slam riffing on Mayakovsky. The Nose, one of Gogol’s Petersburg Tales, tells the story of Collegiate Assessor Kovalyov, who … Continue reading Standpoint Magazine: Golden Gogol

Money Observer: Boxed in by London’s rental market

When 22-year-old Joe Peduzzi came to view a room in east London at the end of 2015, he was in for a surprise. The double room in Bethnal Green costing £480 a month plus bills that he expected was in fact a mattress in a shed in a corner of the communal living room of a flat. One year on from what became known as … Continue reading Money Observer: Boxed in by London’s rental market

Money Observer: Bull and bear perspectives following Trump’s victory

The outcome liberals and markets have feared has materialised, as Donald Trump is elected president of the United States after a vicious, personality-driven campaign. The two front-runners were the least popular candidates in recent history of the US and over the last months the polls have been wildly volatile (and ultimately turned out to be pointless) as Trump’s misogynist remarks came to light and Clinton’s … Continue reading Money Observer: Bull and bear perspectives following Trump’s victory