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In the Court of King Coal

In the Court of King Coal Bill Hartley considers a brace of pioneers Posterity hasn’t left John Buddle (1773-1843) a household name like his contemporary George Stephenson yet when he died it was said that his funeral procession stretched for … Continue reading

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Casting Back

Casting Back The Estancia, Martín Cullen, Adelphi, £20, hb, 399 pp, reviewed by Stoddard Martin As a rule, this reader finds tales of childhood dull. True growing-up happens with first love, sexual encounters, jobs, facing the adult world on one’s … Continue reading

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Death by Des Grieux

Death by Des Grieux Review of Manon Lescaut, dramma lirico in four acts, music composed by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica, directed by Karolina Sofulak, conductor Peter Robinson, new production at Investec … Continue reading

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You Are Who You Ate

You Are Who You Ate by Ilana Mercer  South Africa – the case for inter-racial reparations Donald R. Morris’s epic tome, The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation, is the indispensable guide to Zulu history. … Continue reading

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Kushner Packs Unicorns and Rainbows

Kushner Packs Unicorns and Rainbows by Ilana Mercer Jared Kushner couldn’t stare down a foe even if his wife, Ivanka Trump, held his soft, lily-white hand. Yet a May 22, McClatchy article claimed Mr. Kushner was fixing to “stare down … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2019, Choral Music of Norway

Endnotes, June 2019, Choral Music of Norway; Sergey Levitin plays Stanford at the English Music Festival, reviewed by Stuart Millson Recorded in the impressive acoustic of Domkirken, Bergen, a new CD from Chandos Records highlights the achievements of Norwegian composers, … Continue reading

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Visas for “The Brilliant” is Code for Replacing You

Visas for “The Brilliant” is Code for Replacing You by Ilana Mercer “The U.S. government discriminates ‘against genius’ and ‘brilliance’ with its immigration system,” asserted President Trump, as he rolled out Jared Kushner’s immigration plan. The president has insisted that “companies … Continue reading

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In a Place of Tears

In a Place of Tears  Review of Tosca, melodrama in three acts, music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, conducted by Alexander Joel, directed by Jonathan Kent, Royal Opera, 27th May 2019, reviewed by Leslie Jones … Continue reading

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Muslims are Reading the Bible Again

Muslims are Reading the Bible Again Gabriel Said Reynolds, The Quran & the Bible: Text and Commentary, Yale University Press, 2018, Pp. xviii, 1008, reviewed by Darrell Sutton The decline of Christianity in the West has not impeded the continuous surge … Continue reading

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Lighten Up

Lighten Up Whiteness: The Original Sin, Jim Goad, Obnoxious Books, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 2018, paperback, 345pp. reviewed by Ed Dutton The Puritans never had a sense of humour. These irony-deficient, extremist Protestants were too intensely focused on virtue signalling and questioning … Continue reading

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