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Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 30 2013

Catching Fire straightwashes its stars

Catching Fire, the Hunger Games follow-up, ranks among this year’s best films, achieving the rare status of a sequel better than its predecessor. Praise for Jennifer Lawrence, fresh from Oscar success and giving one of her best performances, justifiably saturates reviews, but the real revelation is director Francis Lawrence (no relation), who draws magnetic work from the …

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Nov 24 2013

First (and unenthusiastic) thoughts on ‘The Day of the Doctor’

I was asked a short while back if I’d penned an ‘I hate Steven Moffat’ post of the now-familiar kind. Having seen ‘The Day of the Doctor’, this is it. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I hated it. [Major spoilers follow.] I didn’t hate everything about it. A few aspects of it had me grinning brightly. …

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Nov 22 2013

Yes, I’ve experienced racism – why I’m not (always) the white Englishman I’m taken for

I’ve made several new discoveries of late. One of them is The Failed Gael, Dòmhnall Iain MacDonald’s excellent blog on Gaelic identity, atheism, social change and Scottish nationalism. (He runs, as it happens, the same godless group at Oxford University that I did several years back.) I’d vote for independence in a heartbeat were I a …

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Nov 19 2013

Dear Pat Condell… why this homo-Islamic masochist rejects your anti-Muslim crusade

Dear Pat Condell: I was recently linked to your ‘How gay is Islam?’ video by a fan of yours quite desperate to persuade me (as a queer left wing atheist blogger) that I need to spend more time attacking Muslims, intent as you say they are on killing me. Unusually, I’ve had very little negative …

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Nov 19 2013

Are British Muslims a threat to gay people? Polling on homophobia, sharia law and violence

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I was recently linked to Pat Condell’s newest video, which argues ‘the most comically deluded people on this planet, outside creationists, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists, are idealistic left-wing gay people’ who ‘indulge a religion that wants them dead’ by opposing his campaign against Muslims, migrants and the left – the likes, in other words, of queer atheists …

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Nov 09 2013

Project Runway: a question of triage (or, How the hell do you win anyway?)

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Not for the first time in the last three weeks, I struggled last night to know who should be axed from Project Runway. On contestants’ outfits, I had quite clear views (stay tuned for those); what floored me, as it did last week, was which pros and cons should take priority. A typical Runway prizes certain qualities …

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Nov 06 2013

On Honeygate

Religion’s not the sole unrighteousness In your philosophy, we’ve learned of late: Caught in the act (high-minded, humourless) Hightailing hot goods to an airport gate – A jar, specifically, of sandwich spread – Reports relay your patented contempt, Determining the art of protest’s dead. Did you expect to be declared exempt At once, on turning …

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Nov 04 2013

Project Runway: how (not) to avant garde

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As if to quell the steaming rage of fans over last week’s attempt at punk, Daniel Esquivel got sent home on Thursday’s Project Runway. The challenge, an insect-and-arachnid-style avant garde task, prompted better designs than the prior episode’s. Daniel’s even looked quite good from the back. Flowy chocolate brown ball gown billowing as its wearer walks? …

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Nov 01 2013

Spoiler-free first thoughts on Thor: The Dark World

Just having emerged from Thor: The Dark World since a friend reminded me to see it, I type this from the Carlisle branch of Waterstones. (From the Costa, that is, strangely if typically built in. The Earl Grey satisfies; milk rationing per cup continues to frustrate.) Conclusive thoughts on films take time to form, and usually, at …

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