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Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

The National Library of Scotland’s current exhibition, Dreaming and Declaring American Independence: the Foundation of the United States of America, runs throughout the Edinburgh Festival, closing on 16 September.  It may have a long and complex title but its purposes are simple: to illustrate the roots of American […]

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‘Leaving Alexandria’ by Richard Holloway, review

‘Leaving Alexandria’ by Richard Holloway, review

Richard Holloway is well known for BBC Radio Scotland’s Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway.  His The relaxed, informative style makes a highly attractive programme.  He was previously an Anglican priest, Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh and Scottish Episcopal Primus. His 1999 book, ‘Godless Morality: Keeping Religion out of […]

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For Richard Holloway, ‘maybe’ is an important word

For Richard Holloway,  ‘maybe’ is an   important word

It’s possibly a tribute to Richard Holloway, former primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, that I’ve never heard a bad word about him from atheists and agnostics. My Christian friends are much more critical. Holloway explores (revels in) such paradoxes in his autobiography, ‘Leaving Alexandria’ (Canongate, RRP, […]

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The machine that killed fascists

The machine that killed fascists

BBC 4 has recently screened a magnificent series under the generic title, Folk America.  Archive BBC footage of Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary and the Byrds have jostled with a contemporary concert hosted by Billy Bragg, and documentary material from the United States including Mississipi John […]

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Review: Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore

Review: Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore

Kelvin Sewell was Baltimore police officer for 22 years.  An African-American in a predominantly (64%) African-American city, he served in homicide, narcotics and internal affairs.  Stephen Janis is an investigative journalist.  Together they have written Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (Baltimore True […]

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How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland

How a visit to America has deepened my understanding of Scotland I’ve recently returned from the United States. My thoughts were often on Scotland: in part it was my holiday reading. Alan Bissett’s ‘Pack Men’, his exploration of sexuality, sectarianism and football in contemporary Scotland, also examined […]

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