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In Deep

 In Deep, by William Hartley Prior to the industrial revolution investors in mining schemes were known as Adventurers. Given that the dividing line between success and failure could be a narrow one, it was certainly an adventurous way of trying … Continue reading

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A Conspiracy to Silence and Control

A Conspiracy to Silence and Control By Dr A. R. Kneen Questioning the official narrative on a topic is often met with sneers such as: ‘you sound like a conspiracy theorist’; ‘I don’t listen to conspiracy theories’, and the like. … Continue reading

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Mourning Sickness Again

Mourning Sickness Again Lucia Di Lammermoor, Drama Tragico in three acts, Music by Gaetano Donizetti, Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, Royal Opera 30 April 2024, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, Director Katie Mitchell, Revival Director Robin … Continue reading

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The Elusive Earl of Chesterfield

The Elusive Earl of Chesterfield  By Richard Wendorf Described by one of his contemporaries as “an eel too slippery to be held,” Lord Chesterfield has enjoyed the dubious distinction of serving as a lightning-rod for criticism twice over, first in … Continue reading

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Endnotes, May 2024

Endnotes, May 2024 In this edition: Bruckner, restored; Welsh composers honoured in Cardiff; reviewed by Stuart Millson Siva Oke, Director of the SOMM record label, turns her attention once again to the world of vintage recordings. Like an art gallery … Continue reading

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The Last Caravaggio

The Last Caravaggio Francesca Whitlum-Cooper, National Gallery Global, London, 2024, the catalogue of the exhibition The Last Caravaggio at the National Gallery, 18th April-21 July 2024, reviewed by Leslie Jones According to Giovanni Pietro Bellori, one of Caravaggio’s three seventeenth … Continue reading

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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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