Author Archives: Derek Turner

Oblivion’s grace DEREK TURNER

Oblivion’s grace DEREK TURNER In the deadness of Dove Wing Mrs. Martindale waits – For a Balt with an assortment of jars. She’s a bird that has fallen, Crashed into this place, This carpeted cage without bars. Stunned into quiescence, … Continue reading

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Thomas D’Urfey – earthy elitist for an extravagant era EDWARD DUTTON

Thomas D’Urfey – earthy elitist for an extravagant era EDWARD DUTTON rescues a larger-than-life character from undeserved obscurity In an extreme reaction against the Puritanism that preceded it, the English Restoration was characterized by all that the gentlemen of the … Continue reading

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Liam Guilar – medievalist and modernist M. W. DAVIS

Liam Guilar – medievalist and modernist Rough Spun to Close Weave Liam Guilar, Ginninderra Press: Port Adelaide, Australia M.W. DAVIS is captivated by the precise but passionate imagery of a poet who draws from the Middle Ages as much as … Continue reading

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Displays DEREK TURNER

Displays DEREK TURNER Black-brown stinking sty Rising green Camomile.   Bright Red Arrows fly – Great writings Scraped high.   This breathless July – Do these things Signify?  

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Joan Rivers – antidote to PC totalitarianism ILANA MERCER

Joan Rivers: antidote to PC totalitarianism ILANA MERCER salutes a personality who has somehow lived on into the post-personality era WARNING: If you suffer from spineless conformity; a deformation of the personality often euphemized as political correctness—quit reading this column, … Continue reading

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FILM – Transcendence ROBERT HENDERSON

Transcendence Director: Wally Pfister In terms of pure filmmaking, this is a seriously flawed film. The dialogue is often clunking, there is a lack of character development and  the storyline is weak. Nonetheless, it  is a work which will repay seeing because … Continue reading

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Free spaying for Stalinists ILANA MERCER

Free spaying for Stalinists ILANA MERCER supports faith-based businesses Today we celebrate the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. Just how little is left, in 2014, of the Declaration’s inalienable rights was demonstrated by the Supreme … Continue reading

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Testing for humanity – The Plague Dogs revisited DEREK TURNER

Testing for humanity The Plague Dogs (book 1977, film 1982) DEREK TURNER revisits an animal rights classic I came across by chance recently a DVD of The Plague Dogs, a 1982 animation of Richard Adams’ bestselling 1977 novel. I was … Continue reading

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Desperadoes in diapers ILANA MERCER

Desperadoes in diapers ILANA MERCER finds a minor problem on the US-Mexico frontier First they came: thousands of unaccompanied illegal minors rushing the south-western border. Then came the theories as to why they came. Determined not to miss a trick, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES Proms, patriotism and pacifism STUART MILLSON

ENDNOTES News from conductor Owain Arwel Hughes * Major new Sibelius cycle from Chandos * ‘Owen Wingrave’ at Aldeburgh * Piano music by Panufnik Orchestral conductor Owain Arwel Hughes, CBE, is approaching one of his busiest times of the year, … Continue reading

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