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July 2014

UNPACKING A TROJAN HORSE

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My latest column for the International New York Times is about the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal in Britain. Here are the opening paragraphs; the full version is in the INYT, where it was published under the headline ‘Education should be beyond belief’.


Last year, the council in Birmingham, Britain’s second city, received an anonymous document that supposedly advised militant Muslims on how to take over the governing bodies of state-run schools and impose Islamist values on them. Since the so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot was reported in March, it has become the center of a national controversy.

The original document is almost certainly a hoax, but it is clear that there is something profoundly wrong with many of the schools Birmingham, and elsewhere. What exactly, however, has largely been lost in the fog of ideological claim and counter-claim. The Trojan Horse affair has become an illustration both of the fraught…

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Beautiful review – cant wait to see it.

Dan the Man's Movie Reviews

Apes on horses. That’s all I’ve got to say.

Set ten years after where the first one ended, in the wake of the ALZ-113 virus, practically all civilization on Earth has been wiped out. Now all that seems to be left is nature itself; most importantly, the apes themselves who live out in the wilderness where they belong, led by the one and only ape who should be leading them, Caesar (Andy Serkis). The apes have been living pretty comfortably there for quite some time, so when they discover that humans are still alive and living in the city, they get a little worried. However, Caesar does not want to start a war, so he keeps the peace so long as the humans stay on their side of the bridge, and they will do the same. However, the humans need some help that makes it difficult to stay out the…

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