From the daily archives:

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 49: Hero – Nelson Mandela

December 8, 2013

There was little debate this week about who we would declare our Hero of the Week. Or indeed, hero of our lifetime. I wrote earlier about how I first heard about Nelson Mandela through the Special AKA’s song. By the time of his release six years later, I knew far more. It is easy, of […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #33: 1927, Napoleon (Abel Gance)

December 8, 2013

Regular readers may have noticed that there was no Cine-East Film Club Presentation last weekend.  There was a good reason for that, which was that probably the cinematic event of the year took place last Saturday and it took up practically the whole day, leaving me with very little blog time.  The Royal Festival Hall […]

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Week 49: Villain – George Osborne

December 8, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week is George Osborne for the overwhelming failure of his economic policy and the overwhelming nastiness of his politics demonstrated by the Autumn Statement From reading the papers following George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on Thursday you would have been forgiven for thinking that an economic colossus bestrides the land.   The […]

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#816: 1984, The Special AKA, Free Nelson Mandela

December 8, 2013

With the death of the greatest political figure of my lifetime, there really could only be one song to pick. Like many people of my generation, it was this record that first made me aware of who Mandela was. In fact, the song’s writer, Jerry Dammers, had only learned about him the year before at […]

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The A-Z of World Politics #J: Japan

December 8, 2013

In 1990 Japan had the biggest economy in the world – for a brief moment, a country with a population of less than half of that of the United States overtook it in absolute economic terms.  It was a moment, which had seemed to be approaching for the whole of the 1970s and 1980s, as […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Jeune et Jolie

December 8, 2013

I’ve become a bit erratic about posting reviews of new films (though the Cine-East Film Club of classic films, cult films and forgotten gems is now a regular weekend fixture here at Allthatsleft).  I have decided not to try to catch up with the tens of new films I’ve seen this year that I did […]

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Week 49: Prat – Ed Balls

December 8, 2013

This week’s Prat Award goes to Ed Balls, and his stumbling response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. I quite like Ed Balls. He is one of those rare politicians who appears to be a relatively normal human being. He has a wide ranging hinterland away from politics – in particular, his love of music and […]

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