I’m a John Carpenter fan, or ‘masochist’ for short

To be a John Carpenter fan is to submit oneself to perpetual disappointment. Every few years a new movie will come out, aficionados of Carpenter’s early work will convince themselves, in defiance of both good sense and experience, that this is it; The One; the film that will reverse his artistic decline and restore ‘The […]

In defence of Martin Bright

If you’ll permit the intrusion of a shegetz into the controversy attending the Jewish Chronicle’s reporting on London Citizens, I’d like to add a few thoughts. London Citizens is an alliance of community groups based in the capital that brings together representatives from all the major faiths to be found in Britain. Hitherto known for campaigns on the […]

‘A humble and dedicated man… he was quite simply a gentleman’

Decency. Humility. Kindness. Those words were repeated endlessly at the funeral service for MSP Bashir Ahmad, who died suddenly on Friday. They were the words chosen – by everyone from imam to first minister – to describe a politician whose friendships and influence cut across parties and communities. With the shock of his death still […]

How I became Lizzy Bennet

Being Elizabeth Bennet: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure By Emma Campbell Webster Atlantic Books, pp.352 Do you remember the choose-your-own-adventure books that squatted brazenly on the school library shelves? Those laminated interlopers that enticed you with their E-number colour schemes and promises of author-sanctioned page-skipping privileges? How they mocked the “serious” titles and their obsession […]