Art & Culture

Away in a Hollywood Manger

Faith and film go together like … well, oil and water. They tend to sit one on top of the other, never really successfully merging. Ronnie Convery asks whether movies are the right medium for mystery.

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Social Issues

Renewing the Social Contract

The United Kingdom goes to elections on December 12th at a time when national unity is desperately needed but Brexit continues to reveal, and deepen, the bitter divisions in British society. Is this ultimately business as usual in a robust democracy, or evidence of a deeper malaise? Daniel Coyne considers how British democracy lost its way and how it can be restored.

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Art & CultureMental Health

Why so serious?

“Why so serious?” Remember those adolescent days when your friends would repeat this with irritating insistence? Jonathan Parreño wants to know why Todd Philipp’s new Joker film is so unremittingly grim.

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Art & Culture

Child’s Song

I had a silver penny once
and a yellow toy balloon
But I lost my penny
down a drain
and the wind stole
my balloon.

A poem by Peter McCrudden Convery

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LifestyleThought-provoking

Travelling where I am: essential questions before you set out 

Wherever we go, or wherever we stay, we travel. As much as it might be a cliché, life is a journey. Joseph Evans considers the most important journey: the one inside ourselves.

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Social IssuesThought-provoking

Your data’s barbed wire

Barbed wire has been regarded as one of civilisation’s smartest inventions because it clearly defines one’s property. In a market-driven capitalist economy, this property becomes an asset. Prakarsh Singh argues that data is the barbed wire of the future.

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Art & Culture

Adam

I am clay, dust,
Colour of rust,
Earthy, muddy,
Soil born, ruddy,
So feminine,
Cursed by sin.

A poem by Joseph Evans

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