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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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“Hitler’s Holocaust” – made in Britain?

“Hitler’s Holocaust” – made in Britain? David Ashton reviews a TV agitflop On 3 and 10 October, BBC4 showcased Science’s Greatest Scandal, a two-parter, which claimed that Englishmen initiated the “shocking” beliefs that “drove” the mass-murder of the Jews (Radio Times). … Continue reading

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The British Aristocracy, a Retrospect

The British Aristocracy, a Retrospect Entitled: a Critical History of the British Aristocracy, Chris Bryant, 2017, Transworld Penguin, ISBN 9780857523167, reviewed by Monty Skew Chris Bryant is a privately educated, former Anglican priest, once a Conservative Party supporter, who subsequently became MP for the Rhondda, one … Continue reading

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Democracy makes us Dumb

Democracy makes us Dumb by Ilana Mercer From the riffs of outrage coming from the Democrats and their demos over “our democracy” betrayed, infiltrated even destroyed—you’d never know that a rich vein of thinking in opposition to democracy runs through … Continue reading

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Canadian Thanksgiving, 2019

Canadian Thanksgiving, 2019 Mark Wegierski dissects Canada’s prosperity  Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October. Canada is certainly a country which has been blessed with great material bounty. However, in these troubled times, some somber reflections seem appropriate. … Continue reading

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Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale Don Pasquale, dramma buffo in three acts, music by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti, conducted by Evelino Pidò, directed by Damiano Michieletto, Royal Opera, Monday 14th October 2019, reviewed by Leslie Jones In director … Continue reading

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Homeless in Seattle, Part 2

Homeless in Seattle, Part 2 Ilana Mercer shows how high-tech sucks the soul from the city Trust the late Anthony Bourdain, the Kerouac of cooking, to blurt out the truth when nobody else would. Following his Jack Kerouac wanderlust, Bourdain had … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers Lansdowne; The Last Great Whig, Simon Kerry, Unicorn, 398pp, 2017, ISBN  978-1-910787-95-3, reviewed by Angela Ellis-Jones This biography of Lord Lansdowne, one of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain’s most distinguished people, is written by the subject’s … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, October 2019

ENDNOTES, October 2019 Stuart Millson reviews Bach in Kent and a new Berlioz recording from Toronto Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 – dating from 1741 – is a work often referred to as one of the greatest achievements in all … Continue reading

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