Tim de Lisle

  • RICHIE BENAUD'S SOUND OF SILENCE

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, April 10th 2015

    The best sound in cricket is the one that features in the celebrated speech in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing”. It is not just the thwack of any old piece of willow on leather, but the sonorous pop of a well-made bat executing a well-timed stroke; a noise,” as Stoppard wrote, “like a trout taking a fly.” The second-best sound in cricket, for most of the past 50 years, has been a sentence. “And after So-and-So, it will be Richie Benaud.”

    As a cricketer, Benaud was very good. As a captain, he was one of the best. But, as a commentator, he was in a class of his own.

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  • BY THE GRACE OF AUDREY

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, April 8th 2015

    On our cover is one of the all-time great faces. It belongs to a woman so loved that we don’t have to put her name in lights: that bone structure announces itself. The Line of Beauty is about the gamine in history, and Audrey Hepburn is the gamine’s gamine.

    She died in 1993, yet she has lost none of her luminosity. For the past two years, a commercial has been running on television which uses Hepburnapparently resurrectedto sell a bar of chocolate, by sprinkling some of her “classiness and elegance” on it, in the words of one of the team providing the CGI trickery (who also worked on the film “Gravity”). In January, a cosmetics firm published a poll of 2,000 women who had been asked to name the “ultimate beauty icon of all time”. Marilyn Monroe might have been the bookies’ favourite, or Grace Kelly; in fact they finished second and third, behind Hepburn. All three of them made their name in the Fifties, which suggests that that is where, when we look back, we detect the greatest beauty. Or perhaps it’s just that 60 years is the span of living memory.

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  • STORY FIRST, PLAN AFTERWARDS

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, March 30th 2015

    “Lyra and her daemon…” it begins, echoing Virgil’s “Arms and the man”. It grips you there and then (what on Earth is a daemon?) and doesn’t let go for three books. “Northern Lights”, the first book in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, has now been with us for 20 years. It has become a modern classic, much loved, vastly popular (15m copies sold), adapted into a delightful play and a frustrating film. Lyra has become famous, a heroine so tough and resourceful that the label we stick on spirited girls, “feisty”, feels far too watery for her. And the idea of the daemon, the constant animal companion who reflects a child’s mood or a grown-up’s essence, has got under our skin.

    Pullman, now 68, marked the anniversary by giving an interview to Nicolette Jones at the Oxford Literary Festival. He came into the Sheldonian Theatremajestic but cosy, and packedsporting a silver ponytail and moving a little stiffly. He had just cancelled another appearance because of illness, and halfway through this event he said, “I’m sorry, I’m not feeling very well, I’m going to have to go out. I’ll be back in a minute.” But, either side of this, he spoke just the way he writesrapidly, directly, with a sparkling energy. Here are 20 things he said that demanded to be scribbled down.

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  • SIX NEW SONGS FOR YOUR PLAYLIST

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 20th 2015

    Here's our pick of the best new tunes. You can listen to them on the player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs are available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.

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  • TWO LAWYERS ON THE COVER

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, February 11th 2015

    Our cover breaks new ground in two ways. It’s the first time we have had two people on it, and the first time we have featured a lawyer. Lawyers have something in common with journalists: outsiders, when they think of them, tend to picture the bad onesthe vultures preying on the vulnerable, the sophists twisting the truth. But you will find public-spirited people lurking in both camps. Our cover stars, Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund, grew up in Britain, which had closed the gallows before they were born. They could easily have avoided ever having to step onto the minefieldmoral, legal, emotional, bureaucraticthat is Death Row. Instead they have devoted their careers to it, and not just to working on it, but dismantling it.

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  • STOPPARD'S PLAYFUL PARADOXES

    Notes on a Voice: Tim de Lisle pins down a playwright who makes worlds collide

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  • ROCK AND REAL

    Top 12 of 2014. No.9: is it possible to be a rock star and a rounded human being? Guy Garvey, singer and lyricist with the award-winning band Elbow, is giving it a shot. He makes Tim de Lisle a bacon butty and opens up about the new album

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  • SIX NEW SONGS FOR YOUR PLAYLIST

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, December 22nd 2014

    Our pick of the best new tunes. Hear a selection on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available on iTunes, unless otherwise stated.

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  • CAN THE GUARDIAN SURVIVE?

    From the archive: newspapers are in crisis—yet they have greater reach than ever before. And nowhere is this truer than at the Guardian, the paper that revealed the Murdoch phone-hacking scandal. Tim de Lisle spoke to its editor

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  • THE EYE THAT SAW THE FUTURE

    ~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, December 3rd 2014

    There are some things you can do just as well when you’re dead. One of them is earning, if your work outlives you; another is appearing on the cover of a magazine. We’ve had Grace Kelly and Elvis Presley on the cover, and now we have George Orwell. When the subject is no longer there to be photographed, it’s all about the shot you choose. With Grace, the picture in The Line of Beauty was so elegantly wistful that it demanded to go on the cover. With Elvis, our art director Graham Black went through hundreds of photos to find something soulful. The shot of Orwell, from a shallower pool, does a different job, displaying the steely eye of the visionary.

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