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A Donald, for the Educated Reader

A Donald, for the Educated Reader Jordan B. Peterson (2018), 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Allen Lane, 409pp. hardback, £20, reviewed by Dr Ed Dutton   The Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson exploded onto the mainstream in the … Continue reading

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Praying Mantis

 Praying Mantis Tosca, melodrama in three acts, music composed by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, conducted by Placido Domingo, tenth revival of director Jonathan Kent’s 2006 production, sets by the late Paul Brown, Royal Opera, 19th … Continue reading

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Smart Lad Wanted

Smart Lad Wanted Zac versus Sadiq: The Fight to become London Mayor, Dave Hill, Double Q books, 2016, 256 pp, £6, isbn 978-1-911079-20-0 2016, reviewed by Monty Skew Dave Hill is the veteran Guardian writer and commentator who describes the … Continue reading

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Die tote Stadt

Die tote Stadt Erich Korngold: Die tote Stadt, Dresden, 2 February 2018, directed by David Bösch, conducted by Dmitri Jurowski, reviewed by TONY COOPER Written during the First World War by the teenage Korngold, already an internationally-successful composer, Die tote … Continue reading

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Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction Mark Wegierski on a distinctively Canadian genre The term “speculative fiction” is seen as a Canadian invention. It encompasses science fiction, fantasy and horror. Science fiction is said to be a genre of the mind; fantasy, of the … Continue reading

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First in Beauty, First in Might

First in Beauty, First in Might Gerry Dorrian shoots the messenger How to Judge People by What they Look Like, by Edward Dutton (ebook), £5.00, 2017, 106 pp (standard paperback page equivalent), Available from Amazon, reviewed by GERRY DORRIAN It … Continue reading

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The Ring, at Dresden

The Ring, at Dresden Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, Semperoper, Dresden, January 2018, directed by Willy Decker, Staatskapelle, conducted by Christian Thielemann, reviewed by TONY COOPER Born in 1950, the German theatre director Willy Decker – who staged the world … Continue reading

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Scritti Politti

Scritti Politti Satyagraha, an opera in three acts by Philip Glass, libretto based on the Bhagavad Gita, directed by Phelim McDermott, conducted by Karen Kamensek, a collaboration with improbable, 3rd revival of ENO’s 2007 production, 1st February 2018, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Charismatic conductor … Continue reading

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An Amicable Divorce

An Amicable Divorce Stuart Millson gets the Government’s Brexit strategy Speaking last week on the Today programme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gave an upbeat assessment of the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy. He cited both her Article 50 letter to EU … Continue reading

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This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life Bill Hartley recalls a once vibrant sub-culture The death last year of author and playwright David Storey saw one of the last ‘Angry Young Men’ leave the stage. Storey was born in Wakefield in 1933 and may have … Continue reading

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