Monthly Archives: August 2010

World Press Photo @ Holyrood

Went along to the exhibition of the World Press Photo winners at the Scottish Parliament (Showing until 28th August).  Fantastic rearticulation of the power, immediacy and relevance of photojournalism in the world today.  So many amazing images which assault, challenge … Continue reading

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The Booker Challenge (part 1): “The Slap”

Marking what many are calling a watershed in Australian fiction, Christos Tsiolkas “The Slap” has garnered awards, critical acclaim and disparagement.  It is, depending on who you listen to, an epic, scathing dissection of the racial and class politics of … Continue reading

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Sarkozy and the Roma: Worrying developments

One of the persistent characteristics of European fascism, and the way in which it often reveals itself, is its treatment of the Roma. Any doubting the underlying prejudice, and cruelty of the Sarkozy administration should not be surprised when it … Continue reading

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The (Festival) Story so Far….

So the Edinburgh Festival is once again in full swing and the streets and venues are full of countless hours of absolute rubbish.  Every year one hopes to find a sleeper hit, or at the very least, not feel cheated … Continue reading

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The Booker Prize Challenge

So, I’ve decided to have a crack at a long held ambition, namely, to read all (or as many as possible) of the Booker Prize nominees, prior to the announcement of the winner on October 12th. This may be something … Continue reading

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Iraq: Mission Accomplished (Part II)

President Obama announced today that the role of US troops in Iraq would be, as of the end of the month, entirely non-combative, and that, contrary to the authorities in Baghdad’s claim that upwards of 500 people had been killed … Continue reading

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Once upon a time there was a man.  And the whole of the internet.  And somewhere, in-between these two things, what was sometimes, laughingly called reality. The man thought that it might be fun to see if these disparate elements … Continue reading

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