A biopic with a difference

Miles Ahead (cert. 15), directed by, co-written by and starring Don Cheadle, is not a standard musical biopic. It concentrates on a period when jazz trumpeter Miles Davis stopped playing for five years in the late 70s, health problems and drug use seemingly ending his career. Columbia Records held his contract, and were looking for […]

Britain’s neglect of Delacroix finally comes to an end

Britain’s neglect of Delacroix finally comes to an end

Delacroix and Rise of Modern Art at the National Gallery until 22 May 2016   British neglect of the French Romantic painter Eugene Delacroix [1798-1863] has now ended with National Gallery’s landmark exhibition Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art. The neglect was surprising as this towering genius in 19th-century French art decisively influenced several […]

New book tackles the challenges of the atheists

New book tackles the challenges of the atheists

How To Believe John Cottingham Bloomsbury, hb, £16.99   “It is wrong, always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence,” wrote the Victorian mathematician and philosopher, WK Clifford, in a famous essay, The Ethics of Belief. Clifford’s views were challenged by William James in his equally famous essay The Will to Believe […]

Review: Showboat: All aboard for a magnificent ride!

Review: Showboat: All aboard for a magnificent ride!

 Showboat ★★★★★★ By Peter May The mother of all musicals docks up at the West End, fresh from its transfer at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre. We are transported back in time to 1887 on the Cotton Blossom steamboat, where it glides along the sleepy Mississippi River. The huge three-tiered portion of the boat encompasses most […]

Mindfulness is key

Mindfulness is key

            It is now widely accepted that the fact people say they do not believe in God does not mean they do not believe in some kind of ‘higher power’ and the fact that people claim to be not religious does not mean that they are not interested is spirituality. […]

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

CD Choice: The Best of Eddi Reader

(Reveal Records) Eddi Reader MBE is probably still best known as the voice of Fairground Attraction, so you would expect their ever-popular “Perfect” to be on here. But I had forgotten that they also had success with “Find my Love” – a simple acoustic gem that seems to reflect hints of music from around the […]

A Salute to the Queen

A Salute to the Queen

  We are in a season of celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. Her actual birthday is today, 21 April but the official celebrations will be in June, but for either (or both) let me add my voice to the many who are wishing the Queen a very happy birthday. Sometimes with […]

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