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The letter and the spirit

I was watching some old episodes of Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect (thanks to a few dedicated Youtubers) and was intrigued at the reasoning of some of the panel members who … Continue reading

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Margery Allingham: a review

Could Margery Allingham have achieved something unique in her writing, a contemporary novel based on the structure of the detective story? I believe so. I read Julia Jones’ biography of … Continue reading

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Holy books

I’d like to begin this with an acknowledgment of the role of women religious leaders, who have influenced much of the world’s population. They were powerful in many early cultures, … Continue reading

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Thursday, 20 April, 2017 · 2 Comments

Modus operandi

As a species homo sapiens sapiens has been prone to get its lines crossed and its ideas in a tangle. We have a modus operandi: what we still need is … Continue reading

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Sunday, 2 April, 2017 · 3 Comments

Looking ahead

‘Seeing is believing’, we used to say, and,  ‘the camera cannot lie’. Afterwards we became suspicious: Hollywood’s special effects, and Photoshop, made us doubt what we saw. In the 1930s … Continue reading

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Friday, 10 March, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orwell speak

I think the political warnings given by George Orwell in his novels and essays are now of less importance than those he gave about misuse of language. We have totalitarianism. … Continue reading

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Friday, 3 March, 2017 · 6 Comments

Persian fact and fiction

I’ve been fascinated by ancient history ever since schooldays, when Brother Chrysostom, my science teacher, once moonlighted as an ancient history teacher and blew me away with a thrilling account … Continue reading

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Sunday, 26 February, 2017 · Leave a comment