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Scents and Sensibility

Scents and Sensibility Don Giovanni; Ossia Il Dissoluto Punito, opera buffa in two acts, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, a further revival of the 2014 production, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, directed by Kasper Holten, Royal … Continue reading

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White Guilt and Christianity

White Guilt and Christianity By Ilana Mercer Is white guilt a Christian affliction? Edward Gibbon would probably have said so. In “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” 12 volumes, 1776, he saddled nascent Christianity with … Continue reading

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Blake, Envisioned

Blake, Envisioned William Blake, an exhibition, Tate Britain, 11th Sept 2019 to 2nd Feb 2020 William Blake, by Martin Myrone & Amy Concannon, Tate, 2019, reviewed by Leslie Jones William Blake was born in London, on 28th November 1757, at … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor  SIR – How should Boris Johnson deal with the Bill which requires that he seek a further extension from the EU, expected to be on the Statute Book by Monday 9th September? When asked “What will … Continue reading

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Kubrick’s Final Film

Kubrick’s Final Film Ilana Mercer grabs more shut-eye Stanley Kubrick’s farewell film, Eyes Wide Shut, has turned 20. I reviewed it for a Canadian newspaper on August 9, 1999, and found it not only pretentious and overrated, but something of a … Continue reading

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Labour Day

Labour Day  Mark Wegierski returns to class In Canada and the United States, the holiday honouring workers and the union movement is celebrated on the first Monday of September, as Labour Day, to avoid the radical connotations of May Day. … Continue reading

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Deadly Rift between Dems and Israel

Deadly Rift between Dems and Israel by Ilana Mercer “A toxic rift opens between Democrats and Israel,” blared a Washington Post headline. This, “after the nation refused entry to two members of Congress.” The two members are representatives Rashida Tlaib, … Continue reading

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Color-Coded Theory

Color-Coded Theory by Ilana Mercer A CNN profiler was speaking about the El Paso shooting, on August 6, in which 22 people were murdered by an angry white man. She blamed the killer’s sense of white privilege. Mass murder carried … Continue reading

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Reform, in Name Only

Reform, in Name Only Bill Hartley returns to prison Along with other departments, the Ministry of Justice was required by the coalition government to undertake budget cuts. Prisons were particularly hard hit and according to the Prison Governors Association there … Continue reading

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Dem’s Dystopia

Dem’s Dystopia by Ilana Mercer How does one distill the worldview of the Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination? Outrace each other on racial righteousness? End Anglo-America? Welcome the World? Evict the unborn? Speak Spanish; English is your second language? … Continue reading

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