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Moor is Less

 Moor is Less Otello, dramma lirico in four acts, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Arrigo Boito, revival of the 2017 production directed by Keith Warner, Royal Opera House, Monday 9 December 2019, reviewed by Leslie Jones In ‘Making Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden Death in Venice, reviewed by Leslie Jones Death in Venice; opera in two acts (17 scenes), music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Myfanwy Piper after the novella by Thomas Mann, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and … Continue reading

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Make English Great Again

Make English Great Again Ilana Mercer holds the line Beefcake Donald Trump Jr. and bimbo Kimberly Guilfoyle were on stage at UCLA to promote the president’s son’s “book,” when they were jeered by dissident Deplorables for shutting down the Question-and-Answer … Continue reading

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Yes, Intelligence Matters

Yes, Intelligence Matters by Frank Ellis Robert Hutchinson, German Foreign Intelligence from Hitler’s War to the Cold War: Flawed Assumptions and Faulty Analysis, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence Kansas, 2019, notes, bibliography, index, pp. vii-x + pp.1-247, ISBN 978-0-7006-2757-8 According to … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism gives Whites the Elbow

Multiculturalism gives Whites the Elbow by Ilana Mercer America is “a society that is and always has been multiethnic and polyglot,” burbled David Frum, in a 2016 exposition. It’s a refrain repeated by centrists like David French, by lefties and … Continue reading

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Silver Scream

Silver Scream Bill Hartley, on the retirement-community racket On a busy urban road near where I live stand a pair of heavy duty iron gates set into a high brick wall. This defensive perimeter has the feel of an institution … Continue reading

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Night Moves

Night Moves Die Zauberflöte, singspiel in two acts; music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Leo Hussain, 6th revival of director David McVicar’s 2003 production, revival director Bárbara Lluch, Royal … Continue reading

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Learn before you Lead

Learn before you Lead Ilana Mercer tutors young conservatives To judge by their writing, the youngsters who’ve been given the run of the conservative op-ed pages, pixelated and printed, know little about how socialism differs from capitalism. To their credit, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, November 2019

Endnotes, November 2019: in this edition, Mozart at a mediaeval church in Kent – and Six Flute Sonatas by Bach, on the OUR label, reviewed by Stuart Millson Vaughan Williams once likened musical life to a great pyramid. At the … Continue reading

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Texas Sings the Blues

Texas Sings the Blues  Ilana Mercer does demography Democrats, reports the Economist, “think they might win Texas in 2020.” Demographers, being mostly Democrats, credit Donald Trump. One of them, he’s from Rice University in Houston, claimed that Trump was the “worst … Continue reading

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