Encaenia

Last week I was privileged to be in the audience when Aung San Suu Kyi received her honorary degree from Oxford in the magnificent setting, full of pomp and ceremony, of the Sheldonian Theatre. Not the least part of the occasion is the celebration of language. The formal proceedings are conducted in Latin, until the Public … Continue reading

A treasure shared

If you walk along Broad Street in Oxford at present you’ll come across an A-to-Z of the Bodleian’s treasures on the hoardings shrouding the New Bodleian while it undergoes its transformation. L is for Le Carré, whose characters deal in secret knowledge. (Artwork Sophie Durand) But knowledge is a funny thing. If I share my … Continue reading

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