EdgeNotes

“F” is for Fringe August 24, 2014 00:02

“F” is for Fringe

Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, [...]
 
Revelation of “Boyhood” August 17, 2014 18:45

Revelation of “Boyhood”

This is the latest film directed by Richard Linklater. Astonishingly, the movie was filmed over twelve years, taking thirty-nine days of shooting.   Steve [...]
 
Are we decadent? August 10, 2014 00:03

Are we decadent?

“Decadence” is usually a term used by right-wing people to castigate individuals and societies with whom they disagree, and whose lifestyle they disapprove of. [...]
 
 
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. [...]
 
 
 

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    “F” is for Fringe

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    Revelation of “Boyhood”

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    Are we decadent?

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    Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

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    A requiem for Gaza

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    Palestine and our daughters and sons

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    Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

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    Money rules

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