Girlie shrieks versus the stutter of AK47s

10th March 2013 0

On line there are heart stopping images from Syria showing hands, feet and faces smashed to pieces, eyes gouged out, and one young man being castrated. It’s almost an equivalent of Nazi activity in occupied […]

Dawn of the Antiskilled

10th March 2013 0

Le Figaro recently ran an article predicting that, by 2030, the British economy would be the largest in Europe. I felt a momentary spike of patriotic optimism: then I pulled myself together, and thought ‘If […]

President Normal the 1st of France

9th March 2013 0

Sometimes I feel a little sorry for people in high public office. First they are photographed everywhere they go, then the picture editors choose the photos that show them at their worst. Mrs Clinton, for […]

TV Executions

7th March 2013 0

The late Neil Postman wrote a brilliant book titles Amusing ourselves to Death about the deleterious cultural effects of television. The author maintained that television was an intrinsically trivialising medium, that it made shallow whatever […]

The Bishop’s Portakabin

7th March 2013 0

A few days ago I visited what is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful parish churches in England. I was horrified by what the philistines of the Church of England had done to […]

Grog Blossoms

7th March 2013 0

Not every painter reputed great pleases me, and among those who do not is Jacob Jordaens (1593 – 1678). There is an exhibition of his work on at the moment the Petit Palais in Paris, […]

A Fearful Lie

7th March 2013 0

Although I don’t practice medicine any more I still read some of the medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. A banal sentence in a multi-authored paper in that august publication caught my […]

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