Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The art of noise

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6038 (Published 27 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6038
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

I feel like complaining. BBC Radio 4 is no longer covering ridiculous health stories that fuel my indignation. But I have found a new topic that causes the red mist to descend: its reporting of the arts.

Coming from a concrete state comprehensive school, I never had the benefit of a classical education. Radio 4 is obsessed with classical music, dead Russian authors, ballet, a pile of old furniture in the Tate Modern, literature prizes for books I would never read (even with a cocked gun at my head), and …

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