Author Archives: Mick Gilbride

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It’s A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life emphasises the Christian importance of individual human life; that each one of us can do good. George Bailey is a soul who loses sight of what he has given to the world. He is unselfish and … Continue reading

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2018 Music

I am compelled to write about music despite the inevitable futility of it. Setting aside that all appreciation of art is completely subjective, even the finest wordsmith is doomed to fail in any attempt to convey their feelings on the … Continue reading

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Douglas, R.M. “Orderly And Humane. The Expulsion Of The Germans After The Second World War”

When the Allies planned the ethnic cleansing of ten million Volksdeutsche back to Germany, Douglas argues that it was similar to what the Nazis had themselves tried to implement. Attempting to be diplomatic, Churchill referred to the mass movement of … Continue reading

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Renwick, Chris: “Bread For All. The Origins Of The Welfare State”

I find it a perennial, ever-changing struggle to place myself on the political map. Like class, the definition of political labels change with time and place. The introduction, in 1601, of the Poor Law to help the worst off in … Continue reading

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Gilmour, David: “The Pursuit Of Italy”

Named after a stray bull calf, whom the Greeks dubbed Italia, that swam the straits of Messina before it was rescued by Hercules, Gilmour traces the genesis of modern-day Italy from the violent unification of eight individual states and even … Continue reading

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Niven, John: “Straight White Male”

While Niven’s 2008 debut Kill Your Friends remains a modern masterpiece, Straight White Male falls some way short of it. Beginning slowly, the prose is particularly clunky until Niven finds his flow halfway in. Primarily a critique of the publishing … Continue reading

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Koestler, Arthur: “Darkness At Noon”

Although he never specifies exactly where he is writing about, there is no doubt that Koestler is describing the Stalinist purges in 1930s Russia during what he refers to as the “diseased century” when “the individual was nothing, the Party … Continue reading

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