I am curious, black – American Noir with a twist

By |2017-02-06T14:53:09+01:00Monday, 6 February, 2017|

Eileen by Ottesa Moshfegh has sentences and passages that are quite simply breathtaking in their perfection. One after the other her words tantalise and tease. She never says too much, nor too little, they are just perfect. Poisonous, cutting, funny, odious, grotesque, dangerous, plain, scary – her writing is marvellous. […]

ARE GIRLS ELECTRIC?

By |2017-02-06T14:55:33+01:00Monday, 23 January, 2017|

The Power” by Naomi Alderman is part science fiction, part thriller and part feminism reborn as a morality tale in which all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts most of all no matter the gender of those that wield it. In this instance, teenage girls, and, eventually through them, all […]

Enemies of the People…

By |2017-01-12T21:21:30+01:00Thursday, 5 January, 2017|

The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
Joseph Stalin
When is european democracy not a democracy? When the citizens of its nation states go against the beliefs of the left-leaning, liberal establishment […]

Petite Meller lands on Planet Gong!

By |2017-01-12T21:24:01+01:00Wednesday, 21 September, 2016|

If bands could musically beget children then those children would, like their flesh and blood counterparts in the real world, display not just some of the musical characteristics of their 
parents but probably some of their inherent eccentricities as well. In which case the YouTube-proclaimed ‘Aryan pedo nightmare’ that […]

Life, Love and Keeling Over

By |2017-01-12T21:23:51+01:00Sunday, 11 September, 2016|

Hiromi Kawakami’s first English language book was called Strange Weather in Tokyo and published in 2014, (in Japan it was titled The Teacher’s Briefcase) and was a gentle, touching, almost surreal and dreamlike story of a thirty something woman slowly falling in love with an unassuming retired school teacher […]

Tears in the Day, Screams in the Night

By |2017-01-12T21:23:36+01:00Sunday, 4 September, 2016|

Chris Petit’s The Butchers of Berlin, is a brutal and disquieting take on a city and a people inured by years of terror, violence and vicious anti-semitism, who find survival in indifference, and sustenance in betrayal. 
Set in the death throes of the Third Reich during 1943, […]

They are your children…

By |2017-01-12T21:23:21+01:00Monday, 29 August, 2016|

These children that come at you with knives, they are your children – Charles Manson
In 2019 it will be, amazingly, fifty years since Charles Manson’s band of hippy-dippy losers set about viciously murdering white residents living the American dream in the Californian sunshine, including the actress […]

GIRLS – SCREAMING AND DREAMING

By |2017-01-12T21:23:10+01:00Monday, 25 July, 2016|

Without any planning and totally coincidentally I seemed to have beeen immersed in feminine, or rather female culture, both written and visually, over the last two days, with both genres, a book and a film, offering extraordinary portrayals of women.  The Girls is a new novel by the American writer […]

THE MURDER AND EXPLOITATION OF JO COX

By |2017-01-12T21:22:54+01:00Saturday, 18 June, 2016|

Jo Cox MP, whose brutal murder on the 16th June by a 52 year man with mental health problems and alleged sympathies with the US based neo-Nazi Nationalist Alliance organisation, and, Britain First, a UK based nationalist party, had hardly been dead more than a few hours before a […]

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will be, Will Be)

By |2017-01-12T21:22:36+01:00Wednesday, 15 June, 2016|

There was something frighteningly inevitable about the latest mass killing by a fanatical Muslim of a large group of unarmed Western citizens, in this latest instance some 49 gay men and women at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. First there will be shock, though less so now that […]

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