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Stephen Bayley: “My class journey..”

Author, columnist and broadcaster, Stephen Bayley is one of Britain’s leading designers and cultural critics. He recently wrote an interesting article for the Telegraph entitled “My class journey” in which he considers “if I really know my place.”

Following the Great British Class Survey published earlier this year which described the country’s seven classes, Stephen looks back to his childhood and background in order to discover what ‘class’ really means for us as people. Saying “It’s important to separate class and status” he stresses that whilst status can be bought or earned, class cannot, which is why it is impossible to categorise.

Click here to read the article in full.

Matt Ridley on the value of science and culture

It was a joy last Friday evening to catch a lively debate on Radio 4 featuring one of our finest speakers, Matt Ridley. The discussion, hosted by Melvin Bragg, centered on the significance and value of culture in the twenty-first century, with specific reference to Matthew Arnold’s famed quote that culture is “the great help out of our present difficulties”.

Matt’s inspirational speeches and talks often focus on the necessity of culture and the beauty of collective human intellectual achievement, so he was on his home turf. To paraphrase Boris Johnson’s review of Matt’s book, ‘The Rational Optimist’, his contributions to the show were most certainly a “triumphant blast on the vuvuzela of common sense”. You can listen to this show yourself by clicking here.

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