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Oh no. Not more lists of favourites

Cinema paradiso

 

Lockdown is a time for forced jollity and virtual audience participation.  We're all being bombarded with demands to take part in nominating our favourite films, music, poetry and, for all I know, Brexit and Boris lies. It's usually friends asking which makes it awkward to decline (though a few have done so when I've passed on requests). Some of us have done our bit of bombarding.

For poetry I let down my trade of journalism and - because I don't actually know many poems -  offered Humbert Wolfe's Victorian lines, which always raise a smile:

You cannot hope
to bribe or twist,
   thank God! the
British journalist.
    But, seeing what
the man will do
    unbribed, there's
no occasion to
 

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Turn it down, better still turn it off: Dylan went electric but Alan Hull, Bowie and McGuinn had unplugged moments

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Anyone who reads Salut! or Salut! Live will recognise Bill Taylor as a prolific and compelling writer. Example: he is up to nearly 50 slices of lockdown life from Toronto and more than half of these little treasures have been reproduced at Salut! from his Facebook pages.

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