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Dual National. Playwright, author. Bonne vivante. Don't like dancing to anyone else's tune

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'12 Years a Slave' - An Oscar Win That's Not Necessarily Good News

(15) Comments | Posted 5 March 2014 | (00:00)

I was pleased, like most people, with the Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave.

It has started a much-needed conversation about slavery, past and present, and, in doing that, it is a worthy winner. But I wasn't impressed with it as a movie.

I saw it with my...

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Why Laure Prouvost Won the Turner Prize

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (00:00)

I was surprised to read that the winner of this year's Turner Prize, Laure Provost was the rank outsider. 'Rank outsider' is a pretty serious term. It meant she had no chance at all. Wonder why?

The other short-listed works were brilliant: Lynette Yiadom-Baokye's portraits (yes, a painter was shortlisted....

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The Kennedy Assassination Did Change Everything, But You Had to Have Been There to Know It

(6) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (13:42)

I'm not one of those who say that you can't talk about something if you weren't there.

If that was true most of us couldn't talk or write about anything that happened before we were born. Since that's obviously ridiculous, I've been reading with interest the opinions and assessments...

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The Era Of Hybrid Politics Is Over

(20) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (11:27)

In the not too recent past , the electorate would have been forgiven for thinking that the middle ground was the wave of the future.

In 1997, Tony Blair swept in on a landslide buoyed by a theory called 'The Third Way'. The swing to Labour was so massive that...

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Miliband and Farage: The Fearsome Twins of Tory Destruction

(23) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (13:55)

The Conservative Party, or rather the 'Dave's Chums; wing of it, are standing with the ball at their feet. What exactly do they do next? They're faced on their right and their left with the Castor and Pollux of their destruction.

If you read Conservative and right-of-centre media, you'll have...

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In Going To Congress, Obama Has Boxed in His Enemies

(43) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (01:00)

Back In Illinois before he went to the US Senate, Barack Obama had a regular poker game with his fellow state legislators down in Springfield, the state capital. He was known to be pretty good.

He is about to be a part of the biggest poker game of his life....

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Why I'm Not Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

(6) Comments | Posted 28 August 2013 | (12:28)

It looks as if we're about to be made to watch a movie we've seen before: Middle East Strike Part...

At the same time we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of a march that was led by one of the greatest pacifists of the 20th Century.

All of this...

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Ed Miliband Polls: We're Being Played

(218) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (01:00)

I can still recall how taken aback I was to see my first UK General Election ballot. Compared to an American ballot, it was pretty sparse.

In the US, you vote directly for the President. Not for his/her party, parliamentary democracy-style. This is one of the reasons that American politics...

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The Day Twitter Changed

(18) Comments | Posted 9 August 2013 | (01:00)

Unless you've been on the other end of an anonymous male voice threatening to kill you, you can't begin to know the terror of the women who have been attacked online. When this happens to a woman - especially if you're a mother - something primal kicks in. This is...

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Don't Ban Pam Geller and Robert Spencer - We Need All Laughs We Can Get Right Now

(137) Comments | Posted 21 June 2013 | (01:00)

It's quite a wonder to behold, how 'Tommy Robinson' is fast becoming the Hugh Grant of far right nationalism. While poor old Nick Griffin, a fading light, does everything he can to capture our attention, his younger rival is racing rapidly up the Hate Hit Parade.

From a contretemps with...

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Tommy Robinson and Fox News - What's Not to Like?

(29) Comments | Posted 13 June 2013 | (01:00)

Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade has saluted the EDL's Tommy Robinson with that ultimate New York assurance: "We've got your back".

This is obviously the latest in Fox News' attempt to bring the hottest international newsmakers to its 3million or so American viewers. Fox News, now that one...

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Why All the Anti-Ed Miliband Polls in the World Don't Matter

(61) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (01:00)

Another day, another bad personal poll for Ed Miliband.

The right of centre press are having their usual field day, beating the drums about how truly awful and hopeless he is.

Recently, a poll was conducted that even said that Gordon Brown, the wrecker, many believe, of the entire economy...

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The Tory/UKIP Clash Is Nothing for the Left of Centre to Be Happy About

(106) Comments | Posted 3 May 2013 | (20:17)

The most interesting thing coming out of the local elections today is the Conservatives, and their surrogates in the media, spinning the results. It's called 'Kool-Aid Drinking' in the States. And plenty has been consumed today.

From Eric Pickles, former chairman of the party, soothing hard working councillors who lost...

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Riccardo Buscarini - A Star Is Born

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2013 | (01:00)

Last week, I was a part of a jury which unanimously awarded the bi-annual Place Prize For Contemporary Dance. We gave the prize, worth £25,000, to the dancer/choreographer Riccardo Buscarini.

The field was strong, each work unique in its own way. But Buscarini stood out. On the surface, his 'Athletes'...

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Open Letter to Maria Miller: I Agree With Your Fellow Tories, Let's Commodify Culture

(56) Comments | Posted 27 April 2013 | (01:00)

As a playwright, author and novelist, I've been involved with the arts practically all of my life; a good third of that time has been spent in the UK. As a dual-national, the other part of that being American, I know what you Conservatives mean: culture has to pay; show...

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Is Newsporn the Next Trend?

(5) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (01:00)

I was abroad last week (not in the US) where the only thing that I could watch for rolling news was CNN.

Well, it looks like I'm part of what has to be the legions of people asking: "What the hell has happened to CNN?"

What I saw can only...

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Something Feral in the Air: The Arrival of the Post Thatcher Era?

(108) Comments | Posted 15 April 2013 | (10:31)

The news that Dr. Tim Ellis, the Bishop of Grantham, birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, has said that the scale and cost of Mrs. T's funeral was "asking for trouble", brings to mind the fact that her most ardent supporters share her fatal trait: not being able or willing to catch...

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Glenda and Maggie: They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

(17) Comments | Posted 11 April 2013 | (13:00)

While everyone is going on about MP Glenda Jackson's anti-eulogy in the House of Commons yesterday, may I, just for a minute, rhapsodize about the awesome power of Glenda Jackson, actress.

From the mid 1960s, when she became an international sensation in Peter Brook's masterpiece Marat/Sade; her Oscar winning performance...

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RIP, The Cameron Project

(46) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (01:00)

I can remember when I first heard Tony Blair speak on the floor of the House of Commons as shadow home secretary. Even then, I detected something phony about Tony, something that didn't quite ring true. It must have been just me because he won and won big. In addition,...

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Tony Hall: Turn Around Guy

(45) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (01:00)

Let me start off by saying that I've been on two boards with Tony Hall (can't bring myself to call him Lord Hall): one that he headed (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and the other - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, joining when he had been CEO there for a very...

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