Polari : queer language and literary salon

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  There are some parts of the English language that the Brits have always kept for themselves.  Like ‘Polari’ for example. In the 19th century it was used as the version of everyday language used in London fish markets, the theatre, fairgrounds, and circuses, hence the many borrowings from ‘travelers’ and Romanies. Then in the … Continue reading

Private Lives, Drama, Baby. by Paul Burston

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(Reprinted by kind permission of the author Paul Burston)   I don’t know how this happened, but I appear to have reached the ripe old age of 58 without having seen a production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives or witnessed the great Patricia Hodge live on stage. Yesterday I put both of these grave injustices … Continue reading

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