#ChokeTheDemand, a city-wide project against commercial sexual exploitation of children driven by a widespread demand for them in the sex industry, highlights the glaring issue through a creative blend of wall art and technology. Life-sized murals, on commercial sexual exploitation of children, in three locations – Connaught Place, Malviya Nagar metro station and Vasant Kunj […]
Sherlock Holmes. Why are we taken by the persona of a man who never existed? Why do we form fan clubs, travel to Reichenbach Falls to spend solemn quiet moments, paying homage to the memory of a man who never lived and therefore could never have died? Was he a reflection of our fantasies of […]
Forget Sherlock or even House. The most polarising Sherlock Holmes adaptation is probably Elementary. Not the least because Dr Watson is a woman. She’s hardly the first woman Watson. The 1971 film They Might Be Giants had Joanne Woodward in the role of the psychiatrist Mildred Watson, treating a man who thinks he’s Sherlock Holmes. […]
Terrorism is no laughing matter but Martin McDonagh actually makes it both funny and thought-provoking by satirising the more demented forms of political extremism in his biting, blood-strewn 1994 comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Terrorism is no laughing matter but Martin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) McDonagh actually makes it both funny and thought-provoking by satirising the more demented forms of political extremism in his biting, blood-strewn 1994 comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which returns to the West End (Noel Coward Theatre) in a gripping new production, directed […]
In 2005, British author Julian Barnes in his novel Arthur & George brought to light a long-forgotten legal case that involved the writer, Arthur Conan Doyle. The creator of Sherlock Holmes was steadfast in his defence of George Edalji, a young English solicitor who was the son of a Parsi-turned-Christian vicar and an Englishwoman. The […]
The entire body of work featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is (rather grandiosely) known to Holmes addicts worldwide as “The Canon”. There are 4 novels. There are 56 short stories. Irene Adler only featured in one (though she is mentioned in 3 others). Is that a problem? The readers want more. […]
Peter McGahan examines what ‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’ means and how OBOR will shake up world trade.
In reality, very little other than the significance of where China is pointed. That has significance, unlike our more western economies where the pointer may as well be the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. China is a one party system and this seven-day ‘closed door election’, which ends on October 24th, is simply about […]
Highlighting the brutal effect war has on females, Laurence Green reviews Ukrainian playwright Natalya Vorozhbit’s new play Bad Roads.
The savage conflict that continues to rage in Ukraine is brought sharply into focus in leading Ukrainian playwright Natalya Vorozhbit’s new play Bad Roads ( Royal Court Theatre), translated by Sasha Dugdale and directed by Vicky Featherstone, which casts a bitter look at what is to be a woman in wartime. This is not so […]
“Jonathan Hacker’s latest documentary provides a revelatory insight into the daily life of jihadis at war and makes us question the nature of good and evil” writes Laurence Green.
The dark side of the human soul is exposed in Jonathan Hacker’s eye-opening documentary Path of Blood (released nationwide on the 13th of July) In 2001, in the rubble of Tora Bora, Osama Bin Laden orders his most senior lieutenants to return to his homeland of Saudi Arabia and launch a revolution. Their aim: to […]
Peter McGahan looks at how to grow your pension but cautions there is no point having a tax efficient saving if you squander on higher charges and poorer performance.
As we’ve covered before, the impact of tax can be a considerable brake to your finances. In a standard working week, a basic rate taxpayer works all day Monday to pay the taxman, and it’s late Tuesday afternoon before a higher rate taxpayer sees the light of day. This is before we include other forms […]