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After a long period of closure Birmingham’s main ‘arthouse’ cinema at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) has reopened. Actually the whole of MAC has been resigned/redecorated/refitted and it is now a much more pleasant and airy space. (more…)

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Two more short Turgenev novels, included in one volume, both very good indeed. Rudin is the tale of an idealist young talker who inspires love in the young Natasha, but when it comes to a question of action (eloping with her in the face of her mother’s disapproval) fails both Natasha and herself. (more…)

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A substantial change to the way in which my life is organised, and especially the time I have available, took place this month when, to my considerable surprise, I was elected Chairperson of the Birmingham LINk (an organisation which seeks to improve the provision of Health and Social Care in Birmingham). I now have to devote considerable amounts of time to this, to a much greater degree than I have done in the past (and that had been steadily increasing). It is now going to be the case that a day without a meeting is an exception rather than the reverse. (more…)

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7th September 2005

At the ECW list we are reading Bate’s biography of John Clare. (more…)

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18th December 2007

┬áThere have now been two superb television series this year – Rome Part 2 (and I have written extensively of Rome) and now Cranford. (more…)

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4th May 2006

A brilliant article by Magnus Linklater in The Times (3/5/06) on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy… (more…)

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15th August 2007

Peter Linebaugh in The London Hanged (p14) writes…

>>new morality became triumphant among the capitalist class at the end of the seventeenth century. Christopher Hill contrasted it with the religious attitudes prevailing earlier: ‘Labour, the curse of fallen man, had become a religious duty, a means of glorifying God in our calling. Poverty had ceased to be a holy state and had become presumptive evidence of wickedness’.<< (more…)

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