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Atanarjuat – The Fast Runner (2001)

This is reputed to be the best film ever made involving native Americans.

Atanarjuat the Fast Runner is the first feature film in the Inuktitut language, spoken by the Inuit tribes of northern Canada. The film, based on an ancient Inuit legend, is set at the dawn of the millennium. It’s an epic […]

Ruth Roses & Revolver . . .

Directed by Helen Gallagher, 1987

David Lynch made this documentation (named after a film by Man Ray) on Surrealism for the British BBC television program Arena. In each program he presents extracts from what he considers films and filmmakers most significant to his own work:

←Entr’acte, Rene Claire/ Francis […]

Nacer Khemir

. . . a Tunisian writer, artist, storyteller and filmmaker… born in 1948

◊ El Haimoune↓»The Wanderers of the Desert»

A traveling writer and teller of fables, Nacer Khemir here applies his age-old skills to a narrative feature film, the first in his highly-regarded «Desert Trilogy» that includes […]



The TV series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History, is set at the beginning of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

The first season portrays Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as a young Viking warrior who longs to discover civilizations […]

Read Short Stories Online

«The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting» [Arthur Schopenhauer]

Since 2008, Be-a-Better-Writer.com has aimed to cultivate interest in Canadian and International fiction from new and emerging writers. They publish a broad range of adjudicated fiction, […]


The Tragedy of Macbeth

Considered by many historians as the last of the Gaelic kings of Scotland, MacBeth has become less of a historical figure and more a fictional character. At the hands of later chroniclers -mostly English- and ultimately by the pen of William Shakespeare, MacBeth changed into a despicable ruler, a […]

LIFE and how to survive it

¤ Robin Skynner & John Cleese: LIFE and how to survive it [1993]

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing – [excerpts]

Robin: …I like the idea of a Greek psychologist called Charis Katakis. She’s taken a word we’re familiar with –‘myth’– and given it a wider meaning. Roughly, […]


There are very few examples of art forms which combine extremes in such a compelling way: joy and grief, life and death, discipline and spontaneity, the inner self and the gregarious mass . . .

The thing about flamenco is that even though it’s very popular music, […]


♫ Songs with lyrics ♬

Listen … Read along … Sing along … ♫ A top-notch site ⇓ Americana ♬


¤ ‘I Love This Bar’

This song was released in August 2003 as the lead off single from Toby Keith‘s album, […]

Harvest Moon

¤ Neil Young ↓ [1993]

Come a little bit closer – Hear what I have to say Just like children sleepin’ we could dream this night away. But there’s a full moon risin’ – Let’s go dancin’ in the light We know where the music’s playin’ – Let’s go out and feel […]

The driver’s seat

Gene Krupa has often been considered to be the first drum «soloist.» Drummers usually had been strictly time-keepers or noisemakers, but Krupa interacted with the other musicians and introduced the extended drum solo into jazz. His goal was to support the other musicians while creating his own role within the […]

… Bebop . . . (Hard) Bop

◊ Swing to Bop ↓ [1987]

An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s by Ira Gitler

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This indispensable book brings us face to face with some of the most memorable figures in jazz history and charts the […]

Notes & Tones

Notes and Tones is one of the most controversial, honest, and insightful books ever written about jazz. As a black musician himself, Arthur Taylor was able to ask his subjects hard questions about the role of black artists in a white society. Free to speak their minds, these musicians offer startling insights […]


Those who wrote and played it cultivated an attitude, a style and a language that came to epitomise the meaning of a word that is now so liberally used.

“Cool” Jazz refers to modern jazz that tends to be softer and easier to follow–Mark Gridley

“Cool” also has affiliation with “West Coast” Jazz […]


Latest News and Diary Past events (Court Circular) Speeches and articles

Press releases . . . 2012 / 2011

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012, 5 January 2010 The Countess of Wessex appointed to the Royal Victorian Order The Queen to address the United Nations Announcement of a State Visit from South Africa The Queen’s […]