“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 [...]
Accepting alienation March 9, 2014 20:47

Accepting alienation

I went to see an exhibition of Twentieth century Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, at the Estorick Collection of Italian Art.   Text and [...]
Church and politics March 2, 2014 00:03

Church and politics

Roman Catholic Archbishop, Vincent Nicholls, recently hit out at UK Coalition government policies on welfare, on the grounds that they place poorer members of [...]
History lessons from historical films February 9, 2014 00:02

History lessons from historical films

It’s quite something when movies begin to deal with past periods in which we ourselves grew up. Thus we become part of history.   [...]
Godless religion? February 2, 2014 00:04

Godless religion?

A godless church? A nightmare in the brains of fundamentalist Christians? Or a new dream of the atheists in our society who want the [...]
Graffiti and judgment January 26, 2014 00:03

Graffiti and judgment

The cover of the new CD, Home, from electronic, drum and bass outfit, Rudimental, features the Hackney Peace Mural.   Steve Latham   I [...]
Café Culture January 19, 2014 00:01

Café Culture

Our high street reflects the changing social demographics of the city. An incipient class struggle is taking place unnoticed by its very representatives.   [...]
Nebraska January 12, 2014 01:01


The film has been touted as the return of classic movie actor, Bruce Dern, and he does put in a sterling performance.   Steve [...]
Christmas Cave-in December 15, 2013 04:32

Christmas Cave-in

When I was a teenager, I hated Christmas… well, actually, I hated everything, but especially Christmas, with its false joviality and selfish materialism.   [...]
Sexual fluidity December 7, 2013 21:00

Sexual fluidity

Tom Daly, the British Olympic swimmer, announced online that he is in love with a man, although he still fancies women.   Steve Latham [...]
Welcome the skull December 1, 2013 00:03

Welcome the skull

  The skull is making a welcome comeback in the visual arts. Banished as too negative, our faithful cranium is now returning to the [...]

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