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A touch of class

Some Hollywood comedies of the 1930s. Among my favourite films are the romantic comedies of 1930s Hollywood. A group of 12 of them I think of as among the greatest … Continue reading

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Hollywood: a place, a myth, an industry

Hollywood is a 13 episode documentary (676 m) made in the late 1970s by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill for Thames Television in Britain, with music by Carl Davis and … Continue reading

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Way to survival

In 1946 a remarkable British film was released. A Matter of Life and Death combined fantasy, romance and philosophy in a way only equalled ten years later by Ingmar Bergman. … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

The devil delusion

The most widespread religion in the world today is the fear of the devil. The supposedly monotheistic religion of Christianity fears him as Satan; the supposedly monotheistic religion of Islam … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 13 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

The poetry of science

There is a misconception that religion and science are in conflict with one another, that a reasonable person must choose sides. It’s not true. There is, however, a conflict between … Continue reading

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Thursday, 7 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

Some Australian Writers

I’ve been reading David Marr’s biography of Patrick White (Patrick White, a Life, David Marr, Jonathan Cape 1991) and come up against the paradox of Australian literature. That is, the … Continue reading

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Friday, 1 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ben Jonson’s book

This is the story of how one man, the playwright Ben Jonson, revolutionised the English stage, founded the reputation of William Shakespeare, and drastically altered the history of English literature. … Continue reading

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Thursday, 17 December, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gospel truth

In my copy of the gospels (The Five Gospels, translated by the Jesus Seminar, Macmillan, New York 1993) the translators make the curious admission that the story of Jesus does … Continue reading

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Saturday, 5 December, 2015 · Leave a comment
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