I decided years ago that I am just unfashionable.
I was brought up in a strong working-class community by working-class parents and relations until I was 18, and that's what I really am. Now all sorts of things have been added, but that's what I am.
My life is not very different from what it was 20 years ago. In fact, my career hasn't changed much since I was 22.
I don't feel like I'm slowing down.
I just got fed up with the Protestantism that I'd been brought up with being rubbed out, disregarded. There's an awful lot of frailty and doubt about it, which I understand and share, but there are certain things you just have to acknowledge.
In 1997, the Labour government set out to strengthen funding for the arts - and achieved it.
You ask 20 of your friends how English and American democracy came about. None of them would say that Anglicanism or Protestantism had anything to do with it. But it was crucial to it!
My memory seems to be holding on quite well. There is no reason why it shouldn't if you keep training it.
Class doesn't create culture anymore.
Few places on earth have been as affectionately alchemised into literature as the Lake District.
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