May 2014 (4)
May 28 2014 1:41PM
Oooh, aaaaah … Manchest-ar!
Way back in the mists of time (otherwise known as the late 1980s and early 1990s) I was a student living in Manchester absorbing a lot of that excellent city’s life, culture and … not inconsiderable precipitation. At the risk of descen...
May 21 2014 2:38PM
This kiss is not a kiss: Iran’s problem with women and film-makers
The fuss amongst religious conservatives in Iran over the actress Leila Hatami receiving a kiss on the cheek from the president of the Cannes Film Festival is … well, interesting . You’ll recall that Iran’s Deputy Culture Minister Hoss...
May 13 2014 1:46PM
Finding a cure for the cancer of torture
In Solzhenitsyn’s great book Cancer Ward , the plight of a bunch of Soviet prisoners with various tumours is clearly meant to be a wider commentary on the malignancy of the political situation just after Stalin. As Solzhenitsyn knew fr...
May 2 2014 6:18PM
Read all about it: the journalists spending World Press Freedom Day in the dock, a hospital bed, a cell or in the morgue
Stunt double, acrobat, soldier, miner, sky diver, poison taster, astronaut, journalist … there are some dangerous professions out there and no mistake, but being a hack is a surprisingly hazardous trade. Tomorrow is World Press Freedom...