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Writing a column
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Writing a column

  Last week editor told me she thought my writing was “cynical”, and that I “don’t care what people think”. What I think she meant was that I write what I think, and don’t consider the act of writing.   Steve Latham   One contributor apparently agonises over his writing, […]

Babeldom
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Babeldom

Last week, I dragged my wife to see the film Babeldom. This was the first feature movie by the award-winning animator Paul Bush.   Steve Latham   The picture is a profound meditation on the urban condition, employing stunning imagery, as well as superb computer animations. The film is visually […]

Like the Queen
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Like the Queen

Last week, I had what the Queen has – no, not millions in the bank – but, gastroenteritis, or norovirus. I had gone away to a conference with two of the students from the college where I teach. On the second day, I began to feel a little queasy.   […]

Religion at the movies
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Religion at the movies

On holiday, I went to a multiplex cinema with my wife. I was astonished at the size of the establishment. There must have been twenty screens.   Steve Latham   With the height of the atrium and the sweep of the foyer, it had the feel of a postmodern church. […]

Robespierre
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Feel like a failure

Books help me articulate my thoughts. Sometimes though they take me to dark places. Recently, I bought “Vanished kingdoms”. Written by the historian Norman Davies, this is a romantic evocation of lost European history. Steve Latham Davies delves into the stories of countries which have disappeared into history; places like […]