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Christianity in the Middle East

This is an article by William Dalrymple from the guardian weekly, about the fate of Christians in the Middle East, a story that is often swamped by all the other tragedies there, but it has long term importance for the region and the rest of the world. ‚ÄúChristians Help Keep Middle East Secular The past … Continue reading

Remembrance and Respect

In yesterday’s paper was an article ‘How about a black face on the back of a tenner?’ in which the journalist led with an incident from her mother’s career as an English teacher in Liverpool in the 1980s. “Half way through a lesson on Shakespeare, one of her pupils, a black boy from Toxteth, asked: … Continue reading

Social Boundaries

Last week I arrived at the library just as a mother and toddler session was beginning. It was noisy, multicultural and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun. Beside me sat a woman in a burkha with a cute little boy. She was using the internet, and the boy, all huge brown eyes … Continue reading

Misreading the Middle East

Journalists and politicians often talk nonsense on the Middle East. I shouted at a newspaper article by Howard Jacobson who claimed the Jews have been persecuted by Christians for 2,000 years, and recently an MP stated that shiites and sunni Moslems had been fighting each other for over 3,000 years. After the wonderful book by … Continue reading

Shakespeare 1: Moliere 0

I have been told by many non nateive English speaers that the language you are now reading is past its sell by date, a relic of a defunct Imperial power, and that the sheer numbers of spanish and Chinese speakers will render it redundant in time. I don’t believe it. English is too pervasive, there … Continue reading