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Charlotte Brontë’s Governessy Effusion

Charlotte Brontë’s Governessy Effusion Duke Maskell contemplates class and circumlocution Good English is a class language, and that is its fatal defect. The English writer is a gentleman first and a writer second. (Raymond Chandler) Or, if he is a … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2016

ENDNOTES, July 2016 In this edition: the sixty-ninth Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, reviewed by Stuart Millson The pre-eminent English composer, Benjamin Britten, founded his music festival on the Suffolk coast in 1948. Rather than British musicians attending … Continue reading

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Gun-Safety Loophole is a Government Loophole

Gun-Safety Loophole is a Government Loophole Or, let the Gun Market Close Government Loopholes By ILANA MERCER It’s award time at the Department of Homeland Security. So fleeting has been the focus on the systemic, intractable failures of the DHS apparatus—that … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage – and then what?

Gay Marriage – and then what? Duke Maskell fears the worst “ … as long as our words retain the power of distinguishing things … ” Ian Robinson, The Survival of English, p. 151 … Now, there is a thought: … Continue reading

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Jenůfa

  Jenůfa Jenůfa, Janáček, Director David Alden, conductor Mark Wigglesworth, London Coliseum, June 23rd 2016, reviewed by Leslie Jones The revolution heralded by the recent appointment of Daniel Kramer as ENO’s Artistic Director is yet to carry all before it, judging … Continue reading

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The Pressing Need for Prison Reform

The Pressing Need for Prison Reform Bill Hartley reports David Cameron’s recent speech on prison reform was a welcome entry into the world of criminal justice by a prime minister. The full text of his speech is worth a look … Continue reading

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Brexit: the Movie

Brexit: the Movie Directed and narrated by Martin Durkin, reviewed by Robert Henderson As an instrument to rally the leave vote this film is severely flawed. It starts promisingly by stressing the loss of sovereignty, the lack of democracy in … Continue reading

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Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! Directed by the Coen brothers, reviewed by Dr John K Press  Hail, Caesar! is another Coen Brothers masterpiece. Culturist themes abound in this film (see www.culturism.us). We can take it as a parable asking us to choose between … Continue reading

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How the Cult of the Kid is Undermining America

How the Cult of the Kid is Undermining America  By Ilana Mercer, sociologist manqué There were likely no kids on board Egypt Air Flight 804 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, on May 19. Had there been kids on board, we’d … Continue reading

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Oedipe

Oedipe The Royal Opera House, Oedipe by George Enescu, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Leo Hussain, directed by Álex Ollé and Valentina Carrasco, 23rd May 2016, reviewed by Leslie Jones Igor Stravinsky’s Opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex is focused on the … Continue reading

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