Salman Rushdie and The Nuclear Deal: A Timely Assassination Attempt, or Unfortunate Coincidence?

On August 12th Indian-British author Salman Rushdie was stabbed as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Rushdie has been a controversial writer since the publication of ‘The Satanic Verses’ which critises islam. He received many death threats at the time including from Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini,Continue reading “Salman Rushdie and The Nuclear Deal: A Timely Assassination Attempt, or Unfortunate Coincidence?”

Awards Season: A Review of ‘Belfast’ and ‘The Power of The Dog’

The BAFTA’s were last weekend and the Oscars are coming up on the 28th of March (at 1am if you’re in Britain), award shows that for years have celebrated the power of the cinema and now streaming sites, to quote Kenneth Branagh’s speech ‘long live the big screen’. Movies are now competing in two platformsContinue reading “Awards Season: A Review of ‘Belfast’ and ‘The Power of The Dog’”

Robert Harris’s “Munich” Review

A story that speaks for our time, or a tackless redemption story? “Munich: The Edge of War” was released on Netflix and at selected cinemas at the end of January 2022. It stars George Mackay as Hugh Legat (a fictional English civil servant) and Jannis Niewöhner as Paul Hartmann (a German diplomat) with Jeremy IronsContinue reading “Robert Harris’s “Munich” Review”

Repeating History?| ‘Munich’ and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine.

Netflix recently released ‘Munich: The Edge of War’, a film adaptation of Robert Harris’s book. It centres around the Munich agreement, Chamberlain’s attempt to ensure peace in Europe via the negotiation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. With Vladimir Putin’s Russia waging war on Ukraine, reading this book felt very apt for me, and terrifying. LookingContinue reading “Repeating History?| ‘Munich’ and Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine.”

Finding the Silver Lining

“Liquid silver falls from the skiesDrop by Drop Squeezed from the darkness aboveDrops become a flowing silver riverWinding around the bend or hung on a string Frozen in time. A snapshot. Gently slipping, tumbling downBut joins the mass eventually. The darkness breaks. Light spurts out.Like moonlight on the waterIts golden glow illuminatinga delicate cobwebbed pathBurstingContinue reading “Finding the Silver Lining”