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POEM: Mask
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POEM: Mask

I’m peering from behind a mask, A mob is shaped into a crocodile Winding around me. I’m swept up Carried on the backs of impossible beasts, Horn and claw are raised and tails sway I have no face. Perspectives are torn Out of shape. Some are redrawn But nothing escapes the architecture’s demands That its...

EXPLORING TELEVISUALITY: The Tudors
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EXPLORING TELEVISUALITY: The Tudors

   What is ‘televisuality’? The word has been bandied around rather loosely by media academics for a decade or so. Broadly speaking we can say that the word refers to the attempts that have been made to examine the fundamental nature of television as a form of communication. But there is little consensus between those...

RICHARD THOMPSON  Sweet Warrior
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RICHARD THOMPSON Sweet Warrior

  Richard Thompson can transport you to places in his songs like no-one else. Drawing his inspiration from folk songs, oral tales, tattered history books, half remembered stories, bizarre websites and advertising catalogues, Thompson is a master of time and space. Many of his best songs place you in a specific historical context, then move...

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: MAGIC    Bruce Springsteen’s Magic is a journey into the darkness of the ‘American night’; a portrait of a country mired in confusion, its value-systems broken down, its soul in torment. As a writer, Springsteen is often misunderstood. This is partly because he often casts his narratives in the form of raucous rock...

MOVIE: Children of Men: Contemporary Distopia
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MOVIE: Children of Men: Contemporary Distopia

I saw a film today, oh boy…. It’s only once every few years that you walk out of a film and you are so gobsmacked that you can hardly speak. It happened to me a couple of days ago on my first viewing of Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, adapted from the novel by P.D....