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John Gray on Desert Island Disks

And his first choice, Bowie’s “My Way” — i.e. Life on Mars. Though he came to self-awareness in the ’60s he preferred the harder-edged and more poetic ’70s. His one item: a lifetime’s supply of Marmite. Sound chap. ConservatismDavid BowieHistoryIsaiah Berlinjohn grayKirsty YoungLiberalismLibertarianismmarmitePolitical philosophyprogressstoicism

Époisses de Bourgogne

Époisses is so stinky that it is banned on public transportation in France — a country usually tolerant of such aromas. Unbeknownst to me, my hosts in Bourgogne packed some really ripe cartons into my luggage for me to take back to London: it really was quite noticeable in the Tube but of course I played…

US Chocolate

Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits. — attributed to Baron Justus von Liebig, also considered to have made possible the invention of Marmite . . . but that’s a different story especially for you North…