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It’s all up in the air and staying there

My sermon today covers ground far beyond that of my normal brief and in one sense that probably justifies today’s topic (and with bells on) anyway. At some point last year in one of my Rust columns I announced that, post the election and inauguration of US President Donald Trump, I was [...]

July 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Prince William’s Middle East visit.

The visit of Prince William as a news story has had to play third fiddle to the World Cup and the greater Manchester moorland fire but it will be one followed closely by the Anglo Jewry community for whom it has long been a sore that the Queen has never set foot in Israel. The Jewish prayer book is [...]

June 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

This one will run and run

As someone who voted Leave in the EU Referendum, I must begin by declaring that interest. The political Establishment’s carping that ‘Leave voters had no understanding of what they were voting for, that’s why we must have a vote – or even a second Referendum – about [...]

June 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

An infinite variety?

Sometimes lists and historical industry overviews allow a combination of reflection and education. In the world of cinema I often find rewards from reading analyses of genres – horror, biography, sci-fi, comedy etc. – and/or the entire bodies of work of individual actors or directors, [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Backing into the limelight again …

Today I’m breaking my vow of silence upon the subject of Brexit, moved to do so by pieces I have spotted overnight on newspaper websites. So far as I can tell nobody is disputing that the Government’s conduct of the UK’s ‘leaving the EU’ negotiations gives every impression of being worked [...]

June 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Very English Scandal

I was certainly not disappointed with the second episode last Sunday of A Very English Scandal. This took us from the relationship itself to the botched attempt to murder Norman Scott. The performances of Hugh Grant and Alec Jennings deserve the praise they received. Perhaps it will come in the [...]

May 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some items of potential interest

From time to time on this organ our contributors take turns to scour the internet looking for media reports as part of our general service to provide a ‘window upon the world passing by’ for our readers of a certain age who might otherwise have neither the time nor inclination to seek such [...]

May 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of being careful what you wish for

Yesterday I joined a conversation in which the subject of Brexit came up. I promise you this was absolutely was none of my making. It against a background in which Neil Kinnock has just castigated the Labour Party for its stance, or non-stance, on the issue and the House of Lords is doing its best [...]

May 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Give me strength!

One thing that hacks me off is when ‘the Establishment’ in the Western First World openly displays its contempt for the ordinary man in the street. I’m not a fantasist or idealist – it’s been happening since history, let alone the concept of democracy, began – but my gripe is with the [...]

April 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Whatever floats your boat?

Religion … political correctness … freedom of expression … faith … enlightened thinking … each to their own … progressive ‘modern’ attitudes … simply straightforward basic human rights … ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it’ [...]

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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