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Igor Levit

December 17, 2015

Igor Levit’s Goldberg Variations (hear the Aria) - is a hot new release. Now he confirms his appetite for the big entrance with three monuments to variation form, each rooted in its own century, yet all united by the harnessing of maximum variety, maximum discipline, so writes astonished David Fanning in ‘Gramaphone’. (I won’t . . .

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Tommy's call

December 16, 2015

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What good would banning Muslim immigration to the UK or not rebuilding any more mosques do?

Provide a huge boost for Islamic practice, that’s for sure, and - those who might seek to be violent. Oh, there’s more, cause protest -and- anti-protest marches, fights, riots and the rest. And young people, post-code gangs, become . . .

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Fisk to Roberts to...

December 15, 2015

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Three things

Paul Craig Roberts:

Dear friends, readers often ask me what they can do as individuals. My answer is that there are three things you can do that are effective...

Source: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/12/12/quarterly-call-for-donations-and-new-column/

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What really matters in the Middle East? (Robert Fisk interview)

December 15, 2015

And what matters, what are people after?

Two words: Dignity and Justice.

Increasingly impatient in listening/watching commentators. This not only gets past that but demands a rewind. Think I need elements of disagreement to stir me. This first-class teaching is eked out by just the right interviewer. Reading . . .

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Ring the Alarm: Ed Sheeran Just Quit Social Media

December 14, 2015

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But... for good reason, writes Madeline Hill. Thank phew for that eh.

Well hot-diddly-do.Who said the awakening’s in the sludge? Most countering of moves. What, Ed couldn’t get a helper to maintain his ‘personal’ social-media touch?

Let’s hope there’s other good reasons left unsaid: A principled protest? Barely . . .

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Magnus Carlsen wins the London Chess Classic

December 14, 2015

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Magnus beat Maxine Vachier-Lagrave to win.

The picture above is from his historic 2004 (at 13 years old), draw against Garry Kasparov. Here's a 4.40 mins summery video (never seen? Ought-er).

Reporting, Round 7, Saturday... was a bit more like it! The London Classic came to life in round seven at Olympia, with . . .

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Data vs Dogma?

December 14, 2015

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Top three controversies among the controversial?

Climate change - all our doing/must stop whatever costs; The Holocaust - not ‘which’ one, Hitler’s intentions, no gas chambers and numbers massively exaggerated; Moon landings ‘didn’t, or did’ but not 'then'.

Other than these three is, ‘who’s stringing us . . .

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