July 8th, 2013


Murray V Djokovic

Unlike poor old Tim Henman Andy Murray has always looked like somebody who might just win Wimbledon someday. Who'd have though, though, that he'd do it in straight sets? The target now has to be the number one slot- and a few more majors along the way. The era of Federer-Nadal seems to be over (though I would count either of them out yet) and the era of Djokovic-Murray beginning. It's odd that there don't seem to be any young challengers coming up over the brow of the hill.

I Capture The Castle: Dodie Smith

There's a wonderfully engaging 17 year old narrator. She lives in a falling-down castle in Suffolk with her father, a modernist genius with a chronic case of writer's block, her silvery, professional muse of a mother-in-law, her more worldly sister Rose, her schoolboy brother and the adopted brother-cum-servant whose earnings keep them all from starving. Then the Americans arrive.

This is another of those 20th century artworks about what we English have left to fall back on after ceasing to be top nation. It's a wonder Powell and Pressburger didn't film it. It has just their blend of ruralism, mysticism and deep but non-militaristic love of country. It's also very funny. The only snag is I couldn't see what any of the young women saw in any of the young men- but perhaps that's what Dodie intended.