EdgeNotes

Money rules July 21, 2014 00:03

Money rules

Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham [...]
 
Playing with dragons July 12, 2014 21:35

Playing with dragons

How do we fill that vast expanse of empty time during the post-university phase of early adult life, before working out what to do [...]
 
Cognitive counter-revolution June 29, 2014 01:24

Cognitive counter-revolution

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), developed by Albert Ellis, is the latest fad to sweep the world of counselling. And I have benefitted personally. Steve [...]
 
 
King’s Cross is a non-place June 15, 2014 00:03

King’s Cross is a non-place

Behind King’s Cross railway station in London lays one of the most exciting capital city regeneration schemes in Europe.   Steve Latham   A [...]
 
TED Talks… but what does it say? June 1, 2014 00:02

TED Talks… but what does it say?

TED Talks are a world-wide phenomenon; they comprise short addresses by acknowledged masters of their discipline.   Steve Latham   A mix of academics [...]
 
Ruined Again May 25, 2014 00:03

Ruined Again

Last week I wrote about my visit to the “Ruinlust” exhibition at the Tate Britain. Serendipitously, the friend I was with went on to [...]
 
 
Ruins and redemption May 18, 2014 00:02

Ruins and redemption

The present exhibition at Tate Modern, ‘Ruin Lust’, is a fascinating tour through our human fascination with ruins: ancient, modern, and postmodern.   Steve [...]
 
The bullying bug May 11, 2014 00:03

The bullying bug

I distinctly remember walking down the road from the railway station on the way home from school, the spit dripping down the back of [...]
 
Pretty as a picture – house May 4, 2014 00:01

Pretty as a picture – house

For my birthday, my wife gave me a year’s membership of the Picturehouse chain of movie theatres. Actually, it was also a present for [...]
 
 
Opposing same-sex marriage April 27, 2014 00:03

Opposing same-sex marriage

On 24th March 2014, Brendan Eich was appointed CEO of Mozilla, the not-for-profit organisation behind the Firefox web-browser.   Steve Latham   On 3rd [...]
 
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Remembrance of things past, and present April 20, 2014 00:03

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Remembrance of things past, and present

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the latest film directed by Wes Anderson, and is a masterpiece of his oeuvre, a near perfect expression of [...]
 
Make mine a double April 13, 2014 00:02

Make mine a double

I went with my son to see the new film directed by Richard Ayoade, “The Double”, based loosely on a short story by Dostoevsky. [...]
 
 
Killing kids April 6, 2014 00:02

Killing kids

Belgium has become the first European country in modern times to pass legislation permitting child euthanasia. The killing fields have returned, this time in [...]
 
Autonomist Abdication? March 23, 2014 16:55

Autonomist Abdication?

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi is an old school Italian marxist. Rising up during the 1960s, he spent years in exile in France, during the repression [...]
 
Abortion: Can we discuss it? March 15, 2014 23:45

Abortion: Can we discuss it?

Spain has been rocked by demonstrations against the government’s new law limiting a woman’s right to an abortion.   Steve Latham Continent-wide, this move [...]
 
 
 

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    Palestine and our daughters and sons

    I wonder what effects the facts in Palestina have on our lives. The Gaza Strip is more than 3500 kilometres away from London (and over 12000 kilometres away from the Latin American region, where I am from), and still, the shocking facts cannot be ignored.   Mabel Encinas   Palestinian people...

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    Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    The genocide committed against Palestine is reminiscent of the Napoleonic phrase: “God is on the side with the best artillery.” It hits/ your whip is daring/  it teaches us to be stubborn/ and of the contempt of the threats/ our destiny is transformed in/ resistance… (Palestinian poetry).   Armando...

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    Money rules

    Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham   F. S. Michaels’ book, “Monoculture. How one story is changing everything”, analyses the deep structure of our culture’s infatuation with wealth. It...

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    The documentary film ‘Who is Dayani Cristal’ will premiere in British cinemas on July 25th, the story of a migrant whose body was found in this deadly area of desert.   The film is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and is based on real events. The film shows the arduous...

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    Don Quijote rides into London

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    Huge changes have taken place in both Cuba and Angola especially since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. In both countries the sudden loss of Soviet support led to a crisis, and an increase in migration, out of Cuba and into Angola.   Director Ever Miranda Palacio Graham Douglas   Ever Miranda...

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    Praise to forgetfulness

    Fanatical fans are from everywhere not only here in this country of crazy, violent, passionate people… without passion, they want to see themselves reflected in the heroic ball-playing characters, but the next day they still don’t agree on anything.   Armando Orozco Tovar   Forgetfullness...

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    A debate: the new and the classic of Zed Books

    This publishing house will inaugurate their first “Open House” event on the 17th of July. It will allow people to find new books and take part in an open debate on various subjects.   Tony Phillips, author of “Europe on the Brink: debt, crisis and dissent in the European periphery”, will...

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    Playing with dragons

    How do we fill that vast expanse of empty time during the post-university phase of early adult life, before working out what to do with the rest of our lives?   Steve Latham   We drift through endless days, unsure of our purpose, attempting to fill the hours with something, anything, while we cogitate...

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    The tower of bats

    “We start to talk of food/ when we replace/ water with the essence of blood”. Fabio Arias.   Armando Orozco Tovar   It was during the years when thousands of members of Colombia’s left-wing “Unión Patriótica” party were assassinated throughout the country. At the height of this...

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    Fred Jordao: cultural cleansing & carnival in Brazil

    The carnivals of Rio, Salvador and Recife are different, but the opportunity to make money is homogenising them. Photographer Fred Jordao from Recife decided he was more interested in the popular festivals put on by the poorest people in the outer areas of the city, with no patronage or financial support. Carnaval...

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    Recognition as a ontological and human relationship

    Recognition is looking in the mirror at the other to build a community that is not homogeneous but diverse.   Claudio Chipana G.   Here are some thoughts on the issue of recognition. Recognition in its broadest sense embraces the individual in their uniqueness and in the constitution of the...

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    NHS on a knife edge

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Cognitive counter-revolution

    Cognitive counter-revolution

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), developed by Albert Ellis, is the latest fad to sweep the world of counselling. And I have benefitted personally. Steve Latham   Claiming to be based on rigorous empirical research, CBT is supposedly superior to old-fashioned psycho-therapy, with its time-consuming...

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    Just like Planet Earth

    On a blanket of artificial grass amongst the sound of loud-mouthed announcers, men run from one side to another, moving like in a dance arms and legs back and forth, back and forth…   Armando Orozco Tovar   They advance, they retreat, they fall down, and they get right back up. Others...

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    Full Contact 2014… open call for photography

    Tarragona welcomes a new edition of the International Scan Photography Festival, which is organising a gathering between artists and fans to discuss and share ideas about this art form. The event will take place on the 24th and 25th of October, following the selection of the in June.   Once again, the...

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    Deprived of General Practice?

    As a GP, working in the inner city for 25 years, I have a problem and it is not the patients I deal with on a daily basis. My problem is that I know what is happening to General Practice and the NHS but the public who use the service do not.    Naomi Beer   They are told that General Practice...

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