Monthly Archives: February 2016

Gumshoe Cliches

On the run up to the Golden Globule Awards and Oscars, and all the razzamatazz – in reality variety shows with prizes – it may be pleasant to take a diversion from the usual predictions of who will win Best Gay Still in … Continue reading

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Bone Tomahawk – a review

  A weird movie What is it about American, and for that matter Japanese, cultures, that they so enjoy torture? Their films are full of pain as an aid to sexual union, and agonising, prolonged bloody deaths, usually involving some half-naked girl at the … Continue reading

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Death of a Don

“The only difference between the ideas endorsed by Trump and Scalia is that Scalia has a robe and a lifetime appointment.” The man so described is the late Judge Antonin Scalia. Readers might wonder why there’s an essay about the … Continue reading

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Is Our Society Democratic?

It is an incontrovertible fact that any nation governed by another nation cannot by definition enjoy real democracy if it does not command the mechanisms and structures required for self-determination, but instead is instructed in the main to serve the interests of the dominant … Continue reading

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Goodbye Landie

  Time for another car column. The dependable Land Rover Defender When playwright Tom Stoppard was an unemployed student he got a job writing car reviews. “Knowing nothing about cars, I sat inside them and just described what I saw.” When I … Continue reading

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Trumbo – a review

  I am Trumbo. No, I am Trumbo. No, I’m Trumbo! Yes, the persecuted Dalton Trumbo wrote Spartacus, but he never got the credit or the Oscar until many years after the event. Trumbo was a blacklisted writer. And somewhere … Continue reading

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Defining Yes and No

  Psychologists tell us the mental process called rationalisation is a term which actually does not mean ‘being rational’. We seek to justify our irrational beliefs or attitudes with high-minded motives. This leads to the No voter principle that somehow self-governance will … Continue reading

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