Cultural Appropriation Is a Myth – I’m Not My Culture, I’m Me "Blacks" Don't Exist - "blacks" do

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The French and English cultures in which I grew up, influence my tastes and moral judgements. But they are not me…I am. Cultural appropriation is a myth because there is nothing to appropriate. For Tania de Montaigne, a French journalist… Continue Reading

The Art Of Censorship, And The Censorship Of Art Brushed aside, and written off.

Censorship

MENU Film producers Jafar Panahi (Iran) and Wanuri Kahui (Kenya), A lady  “Blackface” who lost her heads (Réunion Island), A poem that got lost in the web, A painting that got lost in a gallery in Manchester, but found its way… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (22) – Hegel’s Song For Europe

Eurovision

I‘m going to try to write this post as quickly as possible, so I do apologize if my thoughts are not so ordered and logical as in my other posts (are they ordered and logical in my other posts?). The… Continue Reading

May 1968 – I Love Paris In The Springtime Let's talk about sex...we're French

Paris

It may not have escaped your notice that this month marks the 50th anniversary of the riots that took Paris by the scruff of the neck. The widespread violence, of May 1968, resulted in… well not much, apart from transforming… Continue Reading

For Dutch Children, Zwarte Piet Is No Golliwog

Zwarte Piet

Photo: Wikipedia Commoms   As always, around this time of year, the arrival on our shores, of Saint-Nicholas, with his band of merry Zwarte Piet’s (Black Peter’s), causes a few people to question the appropriateness of it all. They’re not… Continue Reading

“Beauty Isn’t Everything, It’s The Only Thing.” The Neon Demon attacks blondes who move, and blondes who don't

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Horror films are really not my genre, but I do admit that if the storyline is good, and the special effects not too distasteful, they can make for compelling viewing. With aspiring model, Jesse, moving to Los Angeles, and getting… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (8): Ain’t Britain Got Culture, No More?

Culture

Riches And Stitches in the EU It’s quite interesting to see how different European countries tackle the outcome of a general election that didn’t quite go to plan. It seems that, nowadays, the electorate want a little bit of this,… Continue Reading

Brexit Musings (7) : Sparks and Larks in the City of Westminster

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When I was a child, I used to cry my eyes out on Bonfire night. I was terrified of fireworks and had to stay inside and watch behind the safety of a closed window. For those of you who may… Continue Reading

Lost For Words – The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

foreign anguage

I usually relate quite strongly to the opinion articles written in the Guardian. Most of them have a sort of utopic-leftish tinge that refreshes me with romanticism and idealism, so out-of-place in today’s world. The article inspiring this post, however,… Continue Reading

Pour L’Amour De La Nation (For The Love Of The Nation)

patriotism

Individualism, patriotism, nationalism?…A spectre of human interpretations of the world around us – each one a potential danger. Maybe I have no sense of patriotism due to my upbringing – loving two cultures and living in a third. However, more… Continue Reading