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The truth of trees
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The truth of trees

Through a window, I saw a milky sun, low in the sky, shining weakly through the trees; and I heard, the browning, yellowing, leaves, blowing in the autumn wind.   Steve Latham   Thomas Hardy called this ‘the susurration of trees’; their secret language, which, according to singer Bon Iver, […]

Ride like the wind
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Ride like the wind

On a TV programme, set in the 1980s, they showed some kids doing something I did in the 1960s; when we rode our bikes around the back streets of the northern industrial town where I grew up.   Steve Latham   We would use clothes pegs to clip playing cards […]

‘Joker’,  for real
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‘Joker’, for real

It’s fair to say that the film, “Joker”, which I saw recently, has divided opinion. Some have praised the rare acting of Joaquin Phoenix, who lost weight to play the emaciated key part.   Steve Latham   Others saw the tale, of a revenge-seeking male loner, as a justification for […]

Boris Johnson - Caricature. Caricature by DonkeyHotey. Flickr bit.ly2JfYA1M. CC Creative Commons bit.ly/1mhaR6e
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Boris is (still) Right… and wrong

The British Parliament passed a law, called the ‘Benn Act’, which required Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask for an extension to Brexit negotiations, rather than leaving with ‘no deal’.   Steve Latham   Last week, he was forced to do this, but refused to actually sign the letter, and […]

Eugenics now
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Eugenics now

The BBC’s recent TV programme, “Eugenics: science’s greatest scandal”, examined the history of attempts to improve our species through selective breeding.   Steve Latham   Often identified with Nazi extermination camps, Eugenics was actually pioneered by social liberals, like H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and John Maynard Keynes. Concerned […]