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The Archers – An everyday story of age shall not wither them and implausible plot-lines simple folk

Robert Henderson Age in Ambridge is a remarkably flexible quality.  Take Lillian Bellamy.  The character has a 40 year-old son whom she bore to her second husband when she was in her late twenties.  In real life years she would … Continue reading

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Is it in the blood?, Peter Oborne and the question of Englishness

Robert Henderson The political journalist Peter Oborne recently published an article entitled England’s South Africans are on a sticky wicket (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/9477566/Englands-South-Africans-are-on-a-sticky-wicket.html). In it he addressed the question of whether South Africans playing for England could be anything other than self-serving … Continue reading

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The abolition of the GCSE and the return of O Levels

Robert Henderson The Coalition’s Education Secretary Michael Gove has signalled his  intention to return the English examination system to something approximating to the O Level examination Gove proposes : That GCSEs will ‘disappear’ from schools within the next few years … Continue reading

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Politically incorrect film reviews – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier ….Spy

Directed by Tomas Alfredson Running time 127 minutes Cast Gary Oldman as George Smiley Colin Firth as Bill Haydon Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux Ciarán Hinds as Roy Bland Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam David Dencik as … Continue reading

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English National Identity

 The idea that the English are not a nation or have no sense of themselves as a people would have seemed very strange indeed to any generation of Englishmen and women before the present day. Cecil Rhodes’ belief that “to … Continue reading

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