What is the point of school sport?

Indian dancing has borne the brunt of David Cameron’s criticism of school sports. In return, he’s received considerable flack and even accusations of casual racism and cultural ignorance. Cameron’s point here isn’t, however, something specific about Indian dancing. His criticism is of non-competitive and non-traditional sports in general, and it could be a perfectly valid one. To work […]

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Long live the Liberal dead weight

The events of this week tested the Liberal/Conservative coalition to its limit. Conservative politicians engineered an embarrassing defeat of their own Deputy Leader, Nick Clegg, and his poorly formulated Lords reform policy. Coalition government, this week, justified its existence. Coalition government’s most useful function is that of limiting political change, or, to use technical jargon, […]

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A Question of Taste

Being told that you have good taste isn’t much of a compliment to anyone. Grayson Perry, Turner-prize winning transvestite potter whose alter-ego is Claire, an Essex house-wife, has stated that in the art world tasteful is being told ‘you’re cowardly’. You can see how it wouldn’t be a compliment to the leading artists who suspend […]

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The Almost-Amazing Spiderman

Despite the agonizingly long period production teams spent in development between Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 3 (2007) and the eventual release of Marc Webb’s re-boot The Amazing Spiderman the final result actually feels frustratingly rushed. Marc Webb’s Spiderman origin story casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, and swings into his awkward, adolescent life at approximately the […]

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Political running

On a state visit to Britain in 1982 President Ronald Reagan allegedly declared that his favourite film was Chariots of Fire and insisted on meeting its director Hugh Hudson. You can all go and see why soon as it will be re-released on 13 July 2012, two weeks before the opening ceremony of the London […]

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