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July 28, 2010
The elegant Oxford scholar paved the way for Richard Dawkins
July 23, 2010
His book, Morals, Law and Life, is a fine defence of Catholic moral teaching
July 19, 2010
When I leafed through her latest book, The World Turned Upside Down, I thought she was exaggerating. Then two friends put me straight
July 14, 2010
If you caught the Radio 4 play about Newman, you have all the more reason to read this new booklet
July 08, 2010
Harold Bloom said he wanted to bin all the remaining copies of his novel. Perhaps that idea could be taken up elsewhere
July 05, 2010
The 'Scourge of God' has throat cancer. He has my sympathy, and prayers
July 01, 2010
Some controversies just won't lie down and die. Pius XII and the Holocaust is one of them.
January 01, 1970
Today’s “woke” culture raises all kinds of social issues – some more deserving of support than others. However, one important social issue it will never raise or endorse is that of mothers who choose to stay at home when their children are young, knowing that this is easily the best way to help them become
January 01, 1970
I was chatting to my sister the other day on the topic of Brexit and the EU (what else is there to talk about?) and pointed out that East European countries were not always entirely happy with the edicts flowing from Brussels. She riposted indignantly, “Look at Hungary! Their Prime Minister is now bribing women
January 01, 1970
I have been reading Flight from the Brothers Grimm: A European-Australian memoir by Valerie Murray, published in 1916 by Books Unleashed. Valerie is the widow of the Australian poet, Les Murray, who died in April this year and of whom another Oz poet, Clive James, wrote in tribute – with typical Jamesian stylistic flourish –
January 01, 1970
Today’s “woke” culture raises all kinds of social issues – some more deserving of support than others. However, one important social issue it will never raise or endorse is that of mothers who choose to stay at home when their children are young, knowing that this is easily the best way to help them become
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