The old order is dying…

...the new struggles to be born, said Antonio Gramsci, the Italian marxist philosopher who was jailed for more than 20 years by the Italian dictator Mussolini - who is back in vogue in his own country.

4 days ago


RIP March 2019

Japanese tattooists, an English philosopher, international rock stars, and a sprinkling of mafiosi - all these and more took some permanent leave in March.

2 weeks ago


Money for old rope

The job of official executioner in Britain didn't require much training - about a week at Newgate prison would do. Hangmen tended to be either tight-lipped - perhaps the consequence of having to sign the Official Secrets Act - or drunken limelight-seekers. Tiresias delves into their history.

1 month ago