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Pretending Wall

     Pretending Wall He made a show of spitting on his hands; he had a trowel, a hammer, and a tape, and eyed the ground as one who understands the way a wall might possibly take shape. He didn’t … Continue reading

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America, Your Benefactor is Never the State

America, Your Benefactor is Never the State Ilana Mercer sides with the market The market place brings plenty; the state does the opposite. Yet not a day goes by when consumers, ignorant of the forces that feed, clothe, cure, employ, … Continue reading

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Our friends in the North

 Our friends in the North Endnotes, November 2014. A vision of Norway – the music of Johann Halvorsen * Remembrance – and the spirit of King Arthur from Elgar * A Bach pilgrimage in Kent. The Estonian conductor, Neeme Jarvi, … Continue reading

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Replay – Last Orders – The desolation of quiet desperation

Replay – Last Orders – The desolation of quiet desperation Robert Henderson discovers that more may not be less Last orders, main cast – Michael Caine as Jack Dodds, Tom Courtenay as Vic Tucker, David Hemmings as Lenny, Bob Hoskins … Continue reading

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A drama of the everyday

A drama of the everyday Bill Hartley relishes the return of the real Film review – Locke, 2014. Locke, main cast – Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, Ruth Wilson as Katrina (voice), Olivia Colman as Bethan (voice), Andrew Scott as Donal … Continue reading

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History for Sale

History for Sale  Bill Hartley salvages some buried heritage A community may lose its sense of place and cohesion for various reasons. Economic decline or changes to the built environment are two of the most obvious. Sometimes though it can … Continue reading

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Dying for the President’s Deadly Dogma

Dying for the President’s Deadly Dogma Ebola – Ilana Mercer barracks Obama Africa, like Trayvon Martin, is extremely important to Barack Obama. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” the president said famously about the slain teenager. The … Continue reading

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EpiQR – Summer Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, Evershot

EpiQR Epicurean expeditions … with Em Marshall-Luck Summer Lodge Hotel and Restaurant Evershot There are few establishments that I have regretting leaving as much as Summer Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, an unassuming and cosy gem tucked away in rural Dorset, … Continue reading

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Elmore’s Farm

Elmore’s Farm By Luke Torrisi  The dogs’ chorus draws me to the night sky, I look up to see the crushed quartz underfoot Mirrored in the clear black. A ring of onlookers From the heavens, like an ancient audience. They … Continue reading

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Before the deluge

Before the deluge Stuart Millson enjoys a capital account of a world order on the brink 1913: The World before the Great War, Charles Emmerson, Vintage Books, 2013, paperback, 528 pages, ISBN 978-0-099-57578-8, £9.99 “At Easter 1913 Tsar Nicholas ll … Continue reading

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