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Saturday 17 January 2009
Sunday 28 December 2008
Saturday 13 December 2008
Sunday 05 October 2008
"Humbles", the visceral opener to Frances Leviston's debut collection, recalls masterpieces by Robin Robertson and William Stafford. That it survives such comparisons is evidence of how good a writer Leviston already is. Beginning with a deer killed on the road and closing with an eviscerated Judas hanging from a tree but "tethered to earth/ by all the ropes and anchors of his life", "Humbles" has no rival in the rest of Public Dream, which is a fine book nonetheless, mature and coherent.
Tuesday 16 September 2008
Sunday 14 September 2008
If you fell within the category of people who are the focus of this impassioned polemic, subtitled "Guns, Votes, Debt and Delusion in Redneck America", then you would not be reading these words, for 89-94 million members of the US adult population are "functionally illiterate". Joe Bageant exposes the vast social gulf in America, and how the poor are exploited and betrayed by those for whom they work and vote: big business and government.
Sunday 03 August 2008
Saturday 02 August 2008
Monday 07 July 2008
Sunday 18 May 2008
Dissillusioned with life, love and the break up of his band, at the end of 2006 Justin Vernon went to "hibernate" in a log cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. He chopped wood, he hunted and ate deer and he recorded 'For Emma, Forever Ago', a sort of musical version of Henry David Thoreau's 'Walden'.
Tuesday 08 April 2008
Friday 21 March 2008
A moose's antlers may act as large hearing aids, scientists believe. The large flat antlers of male moose could boost their hearing by almost a fifth, the researchers George and Peter Bubenik suggested.
Thursday 07 February 2008
Gordon Brown, take note! The winning formula that could take British schools not only to the top of Europe's league tables, but could even conquer the world, is this: GT + GP squared = GS. Alas, GT does not stand for gin and tonic. It stands (no surprises here) for good teachers. The "p" word, though, is as pivotal to a school's success as eggs are to an omelette. P stands for "parents" and the recent annual general meeting at the twins' local primary made me realise the true import of their input.
Tuesday 31 October 2006
The simsimiyya lyre, which dates from Phoenician times, sounds a bit like the kanun zither, only more ethereal; as the "star" of El Tanbura, and played with agile grace, it's the first thing we hear when this Port Said group takes the stage. A ney flute breathily joins it in a duet with a gently insistent pulse; then a man adds his voice, melismatically interweaving his melody with that of the flute, while the lyre provides a warm bed of sound. Then other men join in, singing a grave poem in unison while two begin to sway hypnotically; when the percussion finally booms in, it's as though a huge machine is on the move. The momentum is peaceful, not somnolent but superalert: thus do the Sufis on Egypt's northern seaboard communicate with God.
Friday 13 October 2006
PokerStars, the world's second-biggest internet poker company after PartyGaming, is to carry on with business as usual despite the United States Congress's decision to outlaw internet gaming across the country.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
- 1 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'