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The Fronde of Youth

The Fronde of Youth by Stuart Millson For many years, Sir Mark Tully was the BBC’s “voice of India”. His despatches from the sub-continent, where, in old colonial terms, “he went native”, represented the highest standards of broadcast journalism – … Continue reading

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Word Up

Word Up Bernd U Schipper, Proverbs 1-15, Fortress Press, 2019, Pp. i-xxvi, 1-579, reviewed by Darrell Sutton Paremiology is the branch of study that delves into the compilation of proverbs. By far the most popular wise words from antiquity are … Continue reading

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A bridge too far

A bridge too far Ilana Mercer ups the ante  Dr. Michael Baden determined that George Floyd died by cop. The courageous onlookers who filmed the snuff film could have told him. The nation’s foremost forensic pathologist was called in to investigate … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor, June 2020

Letter to the Editor, June 2020 Sir, The demographic profile of the American protestors is indicative. Predominantly late teens and millennials. Multi-ethnic, mainly urban, well-educated, with affluent backgrounds. Pre-destined for professional careers, present circumstances notwithstanding. Professor Glayde Whitney once told … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2020

ENDNOTES, June 2020 John Ireland et al. at the online English Music Festival;  music for horn by Peter Seabourne and Robin Holloway, reviewed by Stuart Millson With our concert halls closed and orchestras silent, the performance of classical music has … Continue reading

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Covidus Interruptus, Part Two

Covidus Interruptus, Part Two by Ilana Mercer The managerial elites find themselves in a pickle. The coronavirus pandemic is a serious event. Members of a serious society treat it as such; they look out for one another—and they don’t flee … Continue reading

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Covidus Interruptus, part one

Covidus Interruptus, part one Ilana Mercer, beyond the pleasure principle Ideas about liberty, thankfully, have evolved. Egas Moniz, a Portuguese neurologist, received a Nobel Prize for performing lobotomies on his vulnerable, unconsenting psychiatric patients, or victims. Today, he is despised … Continue reading

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A Light, Shining in Darkness

A Light, Shining in Darkness Alexandra Popoff, Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2019, pp. ix-xi + pp. 1-326 + notes, photos, bibliography, index, ISBN 978-0-300-22278-4, reviewed by Frank Ellis I begin with … Continue reading

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Assignation with Greta

Assignation with Greta by Bill Hartley Some rivers are well known with their name denoting a whole region. Others can be quite obscure and it doesn’t help when more than one river carries the same name. There are two called … Continue reading

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Closely Observed Construction Sites

Closely Observed Construction Sites  Ilana Mercer digs deep  “Nothing unusual; its [sic] my jogging routine,” writes a Twitter user. His sarcastic words are appended to a doctored image of joggers running through a construction site, while Ahmaud Arbery loiters in the … Continue reading

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