Jul

13

Beautiful Ghost

How famous men were the death of the world’s greatest sex symbol: After poet Edith Sitwell met Marilyn Monroe she described the star as a ‘beautiful ghost’. It’s an image we’ve all grown up with. Sensual and innocent, tough and fragile, the icon is out of all proportion to her talent. But the image also […]

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Mar

23

Scottish Cinema

Hugh MacLeod is a Scots-born cartoonist and former adman. He became famous for drawing sarcastic pictures on the backs of business cards during boring meetings on Madison Avenue. One of his drawings shows two students bickering. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the art student. “No, I’m more annoying,” says the film student. To students of […]

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Mar

10

How easy is it to get banned from the BBC?

The BBC is a hotbed of radicalism, isn’t it? The licence-fee funded broadcaster is full of lefties, anarchists and unbelievers, all committed to the downfall of civilisation and right-thinking religiosity. Or so you might think, if you listened to the persistent propaganda from this country’s right-wing politicians and press. Yet, a simple glance at the […]

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