Issue: August 2008

‘Our destiny is determined by benevolent and somewhat patronising philosopher kings’

Self-Censorship And The BBC

The London Bombers was a major drama-documentary about 7/7 of which the BBC should have been proud

Elie Kedourie

Kenneth Minogue recalls the great Anglo-Iraqi scholar who was both amused and outraged by the folly of intellectuals

Edward Said

Ibn Warraq indicts the Palestinian author of Orientalism for presenting the West as villains and Muslims as victims

There’s no Place Like Home for a Singer

Intimacy, authenticity and domescity combine to make for a great performance

Musical Theatre Is A Matter Of Taste

Slick and professional popular productions have many merits, but the gap between Les Mis and opera is very wide

That’s Enough Protest Movies

This summer, we’ve seen the release of two more leftwing documentaries. Isn’t it about time the other side said its piece?

Hadrian: Man, Hero, Husband, Lover, Emperor

The British Museum’s exhibition reassesses the great Roman, a complex figure who left a legacy of unique glory

Pulling Punches

Boxing, A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"