Author Archives: Derek Turner

Four poems by Liam Guilar

POETRY Edited by M. W. Davis Four poems by LIAM GUILAR Dedication? Were we born for an age of cathedrals, for the arrogant upward reach of certainty; the overarching columns, neck wrecking, sweeping the gaze from priest to heaven, when … Continue reading

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The week of whining wimmin

The week of whining wimmin ILANA MERCER is irritated by a self-obsessed sorority The logic is as simple as it is foolproof. An “air-tight free-market argument, according to WND: If women with the same skills as men were getting only … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave – narcoleptic agitprop

12 Years a Slave – narcoleptic agitprop ROBERT HENDERSON finds the much-hyped film simultaneously tendentious and plodding 12 Years a Slave (12YAS) is dull, very very dull. The plot trudges from one banally brutal or degrading episode to the next, … Continue reading

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When Catholics were heretics

When Catholics were heretics EDWARD DUTTON remembers the recusants God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England Jessie Childs. 2014. London, The Bodley Head. hb. 443pp. £25 Late Elizabethan England was a particularly bad time and place to be a … Continue reading

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Her – a warning from the future

Her ROBERT HENDERSON watches a warning from the future Very occasionally a film addresses a serious philosophical question without being pretentious or earnest. For example,  Groundhog Day examines the utility of morality when actions have no consequences with a good … Continue reading

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Will Kymlicka and the disappearing Dominion

Will Kymlicka and the disappearing Dominion RICARDO DUCHESNE analayses the highly dubious ‛achievements’ of a much-fêted academic Karl Mannheim’s concept of free-floating intellectuals engaged in the production of knowledge unconcerned with personal motives and interests has long attracted liberal academics uncomfortable … Continue reading

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The last pagan

The last pagan Julian: An Intellectual Biography Polymnia Athanassiadi, Routledge, 2014, 272pps, £80 HENRY HOPWOOD-PHILLIPS wishes that an important biography of “Julian the Apostate” was better-written   I had imagined in my mind the sort of procession it would be… … Continue reading

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Perks are for perps with the right pigmentation

Perks are for perps with the right pigmentation ILANA MERCER finds that US immigration policies seem to favour the least deserving If you’re a criminal alien with “family relationships” in the U.S., are studying on the American taxpayer’s dime, are … Continue reading

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Belle Vue rendezvous

Belle Vue rendezvous BILL HARTLEY laments the waning of Wakefield In 1873 during the era of Muscular Christianity a young curate formed a rugby team. His legacy lives on since the club retains the name of his church and they … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES – Meditative music

ENDNOTES – Meditative music STUART MILLSON Rare English sonatas – Beethoven Piano Trios – Piano Concerto by Howard Ferguson – Ikon of Light by John Tavener Rupert Marshall-Luck (violinist and viola player) is emerging as one of the most dedicated … Continue reading

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