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A history of violence
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A history of violence

I went to secondary school from 1968 until 1975. It was a Grammar School. I did not know that I was about to enter a world of institutionalised violence.   Steve Latham   At the pinnacle of our little world, was the Headmaster. In his office he kept the cane. […]

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. […]