Come Back Gina Lollobrigida

24th July 2018 6

Something was very missing; Romeo & Juliet usually begins with a rather stately and very well- known prologue. ‘In fair Verona where we lay our scene,’ etc but instead we were somewhere more like Peckham, our ears attacked by a shouted gabbling sound as if we were overhearing a tiresome all-night party which has spilled out onto the street at … [Read on]

We have ways of making you think

1st July 2018 16

Astonishingly Margaret Atwood, that great saint of feminism, is facing a social media backlash after calling for due process i.e. normal justice for a former university professor accused of sexual misconduct. In the wake of this she recently asked where a society can go if its legal system is bypassed. What will take its place, who will the new power … [Read on]

Biting the hand that feeds you

12th June 2018 14

Author, Kazuo Ishiguro OBE FRSA FRSL, Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class, recent Nobel Prize winner, is now also a knight. ‘When I think back to when I arrived here,’ he told the BBC, ‘it was 1960. I was six years old…’ My hand moved towards the off button as I knew what was coming next; ‘after all the racism I’ve experienced, … [Read on]

The Peace of Cod

25th May 2018 8

Victims of the 1987 King’s Cross fire would be astonished to see Grenfell enquiry with its private rooms, quiet areas and a prayer room, counselling and NHS support. Morning sessions stop to allow Muslim prayer, even the location was changed after complaints that survivors could not endure the trauma of tube travel. British law, which ignores the mutilation of immigrant … [Read on]

The Wedding

20th May 2018 7

I had no interest in this royal wedding. From the yards of news coverage in the weeks before hand, and from glimpses of overweight women camped out in the streets of Windsor wearing idiotic Union Jack spectacles and silly royal face masks, I got the impression that two rather dull people were about to get wed in circumstances of the … [Read on]

Fear and Loathing of Humpty Dumpty

23rd March 2018 12

‘Frontiers are the most porous parts of any polity,’ a beautiful bit of English heard on David Cannadine’s radio feature, ‘Civilisation, A Sceptic’s Guide.’ The programme is voiced by highly educated, presumably well-off middle-class English people, including women who decry British culture as something retrograde and lamentable. Along with Cannadine they believe that ‘civilisation’ cannot be judged by culture, and … [Read on]

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