Peterloo and the Realist tradition

4 Nov

THIS POST ALSO FEATURES IN COUNTERPUNCH and in OffGuardian Worthy, sumptuously shot, convincingly acted and not without moments of insight – but a tad leaden. That’s my take on Mike Leigh’s new film, released November 2. I’ll give a more … Read More »

Beeston, Nottingham

20 Oct

Steel City Scribblings is soon to become a misnomer: its headquarters and pulsing nerve centre relocated to Beeston, vibrant and pleasantly situated satellite to Nottingham, a fifteen minute tram or cycle ride from the new Steel City House. Yesterday I … Read More »

Give me back my face!

18 Oct

The meaning of life –¬† of love, lust, art and the torn and bleeding heart of Civil War Spain – were ripped out and laid bare last night in this flamenco studded bull roar of a drama at the tiny … Read More »

Nikki Haley walks out

15 Oct

No, this isn’t “US embarrassment” Nikki Haley quitting her role as US ambassador to the UN, ahead of an expenses probe. It’s US embarrassment Nikki Haley – who on her resignation last week was thanked by the IDF for “unwavering … Read More »