CD Choice: Duke Special – Look Out Machines!

(Stranger Records) Duke Special is one of those unpredictable artists, whose new albums draw a breath of excited anticipation. This one is very much a follow-up in style to Oh! Pioneer, with the same creamy sounds, accessible tunes and honest lyrics celebrating friendship and asking questions. But this one goes further. Here we get a […]

Christian challenge at the Edinburgh Fringe

Christian challenge at the Edinburgh Fringe

Major Christian company premieres top several faith-related productions for 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Saltmine Theatre’s Darkness Falls John’s Gospel (Palmerston Place Church, ends 22 August) re-imagines the Gospel with John sentenced to hard labour for his faith, while Searchlight Theatre with Regent’s Theological College (pictured above) adapt Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress into the setting of World […]

Understanding the brain’s control centre

Understanding the brain’s control centre

Inside Out (cert. U) makes its pitch for family animated movie of the year, dogged in the UK by comparisons with the Numskulls strip that originated in British comic the Beezer. Pixar seem oblivious to that idea, and indeed to Woody Allen’s 1972 comedy, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid […]

CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

(Lost Origin Sounds Series) Armenians have chanted in Aleppo’s Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church since 1429, but Syria’s current civil war has endangered its Christian communities and made large parts of the city uninhabitable and unsafe for all Aleppans, regardless of creed. The language of the chants, West Armenian, once spoken in what is now […]

The devil is in the details

The devil is in the details

J John reflect on the new video from chart-toppers Little Mix   My attention was recently drawn to the music video for the current number one British hit of Little Mix called ‘Black Magic’. It is not, you may presume, my normal viewing! In fact these sorts of music videos are actually extremely important because […]

Images that shame mankind

Images that shame mankind

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photographer, whose images of the victims of war and famine have helped tell their stories. Some of the pictures have been too graphic to show in mass media, but his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and German director Wim Wenders have directed The Salt of the Earth (cert. 12A), where these […]

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