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Simon Stirling
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Scars in their Eyes
In my last blog post, I provided a link to a new website which provides a wealth of information in support of the likelihood that the "Wadlow" portrait (detail, left) is a genuine portrait of William Shakespeare. I believe it is, and in this blog post I sha...

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Is This William Shakespeare?
Apologies, first of all, for my absence from the blog for a little while.  Things have been busy on a number of fronts. My very good friend Steve Wadlow has created an excellent website around the painting in his family's possession.  Regular readers of thi...

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That's Oxfordshire
Here, as promised - the link to the YouTube clip of my piece for That's Oxfordshire, with thanks to Alex Iszatt. More to follow ...

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Context is Everything
It's an old trick I remember from working in the West End.  Let's say that a show has received a terrible review.  Buried somewhere in that review might be a nice word.  If the critic wrote something like, "This sublime masterpiece of a play has been utterl...

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Then They Fight You
A lovely morning in Oxford, on Tuesday.  I was there to be filmed by Alex Iszatt for a That's Oxfordshire piece on Oxford's community Freeview channel. Alex interviewed me in the courtyard between what used to be the Davenants' Taverne on Cornmarket and the...

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Sneaky Leaks and Press Releases
Can anyone out there help me? You see, I'm intrigued and somewhat mystified.  Let me take you back a bit. Something rather odd happened around the start of November 2015.  I didn't know it, but I had just been written out of the Arrow Media/Channel 4 docume...

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A Bit of Balance
It's been standard practice for some years now, in certain quarters of the British media, to strive for journalistic "balance". So that, for example, if BBC Newsnight do a piece on climate change, they are obliged to wheel in some corporate shill who receiv...

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The Mind's Construction in the Face
In a phone conversation on Thursday 26 November 2015, the director of the Channel Four documentary Shakespeare's Tomb tried very hard to assure me that the programme would not be spending very much time at Beoley, was not terribly interested in the skull, a...

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Shakespeare's Skull: The Eyebrow Test
This is a still from the Channel Four documentary, Shakespeare's Tomb .  Dr Caroline Wilkinson is analysing the laser scan made of the rogue skull in the ossuary at Beoley church.  What she's saying is this: "In male skulls you tend to see a bulge just wher...

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Confirmation Bias
It's a fair point. A journalist has put it to me that "it was not in the interests of [the Channel 4/Arrow Media] documentary makers to debunk the Beoley skull.  It would have been a much better story for them if they had found a skull that could be Shakesp...
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