I’m among those getting deeply frustrated that the main media discussion about air strikes in Syria is how they will affect the internal politics of the Labour party. It would be nice to hear some reflections on the rightness or
Being the other side of the world when hearing of the Paris attacks has been a strange experience. But it’s made me even more appreciative of the BBC’s online presence. Anti-BBC “culture” secretary John Whittingdale (his philistinism really does justify
How things change. Boswell famously records this soundbite of Samuel Johnson. I told him I had been that morning at a meeting of the people called Quakers, where I had heard a woman preach. Johnson: “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a
It’s interesting to read that the BBC plan the filming of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It’s not going to be the easiest thing to film, not least after the relative flop of The Golden Compass at the cinema, despite
The final main chapter of the Ravenclaw Reader is by John Granger, who is rightly proud of the fact that TIME Magazine once described him as the Dean of Harry Potter Studies. He was one of the few people arguing from
The ninth chapter of the Ravenclaw Reader, by Rebecca Langworthy (who appears to be a PhD student at Aberdeen) looks at the place of the Dursleys in the series. This paper argues that they represent a real narrative difficulty. For
It’s unusual for a Bond film to offer up to the minute political comment, but somehow it’s managed it. When they said Max Denbigh was at school with the home secretary I half expected another familiar face to crop up.