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‘We have a hostility to being boring’: Sparks, still flying in their 70s

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In 1974, John Lennon was startled as he was watching Top of the Pops. He rang Ringo Starr. “You won’t believe what’s on television,” he reportedly said. “Marc Bolan is playing a song with Adolf Hitler.” This was Spark...

It’s never boring at the barber’s when aliens and cryptocurrency are involved

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I used to go to a barber who believed he had once been abducted by aliens. Regular in-the-mirror conversation starters – “been away this year?”, “did you see the match last night?” – would generally return to that for...

The 20-page rule: how much time should you give a devastatingly boring book?

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Naam: the 20-page rule. Ouderdom: this one’s actually more about page than age. OK then, page: page 20, obvs. Of a book? Of a book. Any book? Pretty much. And what happens on page 20 of any book? Wel, that depends on the...

Terrawatch: Earth’s ‘boring’ plate tectonics period

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Today our planet is a lively place: the climate swings from greenhouse to icehouse and back again, while earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain ranges and ocean trenches are all signs of its restless surface. But if you go ...

Sad! Is Donald Trump just too boring for a grand Shakespearean makeover?

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If you want to satirise a power figure or a political movement, you automatically reach for Shakespeare. Theatrical history is littered with examples. In 1937, Orson Welles staged a modern-dress Julius Caesar that evo...

My number one fear in life? Being boring

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I have a visceral fear of boredom, not on my own account but on everyone else’s. I never get bored myself. This isn’t because I’m always super busy doing lots of interesting things. I’m not. It’s just that I can alway...