Canadian outsider May 16, 2015 00:00

Canadian outsider

Emily Carr is little known outside Canada, but is renowned there as an icon of national art. The exhibition of her work at the [...]
Election aftermath May 10, 2015 00:52

Election aftermath

The British election results are in, and we now have, against all expectations, a solid majority Conservative government.   Steve Latham   Leftists are [...]
The madness of Exodus May 3, 2015 18:55

The madness of Exodus

Hollywood’s treatment of religion is always an interesting phenomenon, prompting questions about how the dream-factory has twisted the spiritual meaning of this ancient text [...]
Human rights and history April 26, 2015 16:54

Human rights and history

Larry Seidentop has written a book, “Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism”, where he argues that our tradition of individualism and human [...]
Inherent vice April 18, 2015 16:58

Inherent vice

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name   a film noir set at the tail-end of the 1960s counterculture, as drugs replace [...]
Black irony April 11, 2015 14:44

Black irony

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton are based in the renovated historic Raleigh House. Opened in 2014, the Archives are an important centre for [...]
Interstellar: saving the Earth April 6, 2015 03:16

Interstellar: saving the Earth

A real sci-fi blockbuster, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a delight to the eyes and ears.   Steve Latham [...]
London on speed March 29, 2015 23:53

London on speed

The drug-related language – London ‘on speed’, the ‘rush’ of city life – is deliberate. Like an addiction, the speeded-up, souped-up urban lifestyle sweeps [...]
Urban revolution now March 16, 2015 00:34

Urban revolution now

On Tuesday I was invited to a book launch organised by the Urban Hub at University College London. The book was Urban Revolution Now: [...]
Immigrant music March 8, 2015 00:01

Immigrant music

I met her on a Friday night. She was helping at a youth project in inner London, to which she had been invited by [...]
What does UKIP mean? March 1, 2015 03:24

What does UKIP mean?

Last year’s Rochester and Strood by-election victory for the United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, Mark Reckless, was a game-changer for British politics.   Steve [...]
Birdman flies February 24, 2015 03:28

Birdman flies

As we came out from the cinema, my wife commented that “Birdman” is the kind of film any man in his fifties is bound [...]
Greeks bearing gifts February 16, 2015 02:22

Greeks bearing gifts

As I write, Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is traveling across Europe, trying to woo European Union leaders to grant Greece a bail-out from [...]
Parallel London February 8, 2015 01:55

Parallel London

Recently, a friend of mine awoke to find that his street in Bethnal Green had been the site for a battle between two rival [...]
20,000 days on Earth January 24, 2015 23:37

20,000 days on Earth

All power to the new bio-pic about Nick Cave: singer, songwriter, front man for the Bad Seeds, author, all-round polymath and renaissance genius.   [...]

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