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“We must Educate our Masters”

“We must Educate our Masters” By Duke Maskell Whenever the word “standards” crops up in connection with education, it’s time to lose heart (or to emulate Goering). Only two things are going to be said: that standards ought to be … Continue reading

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No Shining Path

No Shining Path Bill Hartley, on the Peruvian pagaille Some countries get the heads of state they definitely don’t deserve. Worse still, they get them in rapid succession. A good example of this would be Peru, whose recent history is … Continue reading

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Can of Worms

Can of Worms Dr A Kneen on extremism  Who wants to be labelled an ‘extremist’? There can be adverse social, professional, and financial consequences for those so labelled. A person deemed an ‘extremist’ could even be referred to the government’s … Continue reading

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Endnotes, April 2024

Endnotes, April 2024 In this edition: Smetana from Prague – and some new discoveries. Reviewed by Stuart Millson. New from the Pentatone label comes a brilliantly-recorded version of Bedrich Smetana’s six-movement symphonic cycle, Ma Vlast – My Country. A product … Continue reading

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Death in Venice (2)

Death in Venice (2) From Welsh National Opera, Thursday 7th March 2024 at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Reviewed by David Truslove. The adaptation of Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten and Myfanwy Piper is one of … Continue reading

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Endnotes, March 2024

Endnotes, March 2024 In this edition: George Lloyd’s Arctic symphony, plus Nicola LeFanu’s path across the dunes, reviewed by Stuart Millson Recently issued by Lyrita is a definitive collection of symphonic music by one of our country’s many overlooked composers, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, 7 February 2024 According to a Mr Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (the Daily Mail, December 30, 2023), western liberal capitalist countries are best because they “produce the most danceable pop songs,” the “biggest blockbuster movies,” … Continue reading

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Tough Crowd

Tough Crowd Tough Crowd: How I Made and Lost a Career in Comedy, Graham Linehan, Eye Books, hb, 288 pp, £19.99, reviewed by Edward Dutton In the summer of 2000, queuing up outside the Almeida Theatre in London to attend … Continue reading

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Endnotes, February 2024

Endnotes, February 2024 Wagner from Denmark, reviewed by Stuart Millson Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) by Richard Wagner is a music-drama comprising three Acts and forms the second part of the composer’s epoch-making operatic achievement, Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring of … Continue reading

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Defiance

  Defiance Resisters; How Ordinary Jews Fought Persecution in Hitler’s Germany, Wolf Gruner, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2023, h.b., 212 pp, reviewed by Leslie Jones In a letter to Arnold Zweig, dated December 15, 1935, the German … Continue reading

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