Category Archives: Anthropology
There is a very interesting (small, but perfectly formed) exhibition on at the National Portrait Gallery in London until 23 June. It consists of some of the portraits painted by George Catlin of the ‘Indians’ of both the North and … Continue reading
The wrong (and excruciating) answer to this is: ‘I don’t know, I’ve never kippled’ (this joke is courtesy of my father, more than 50 years ago, and it works a tiny bit better if spoken rather than read). I haven’t … Continue reading
In the last few days, a British government delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, has been in India, talking trade, visas, and, inevitably, the colonial past.
Last week, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of five programmes about the origin, meaning and significance of the word ‘culture’. The hook on which the series hung was the opposition between the ways in which the word was defined … Continue reading
Advance warning of an interesting-sounding programme on BBC Radio 4 at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday): see the article on the BBC website. We reissued Yule and Burnell’s Hobson-Jobson, Being a Glossary of Anglo-Indian Colloquial Words and Phrases and of Kindred Terms, in 2010 … Continue reading