The flicker of a smile from the unsmiling man

Shostakovich is a personal hero of mine. He walked a tightrope between the Gulag and compromise in the vortex of Stalinist Russia. But more than that, his music has brought me consolation, invigoration, provocation, and perplexity. Sometimes all at once.…

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Michael Faraday’s appeal for scientific humility

Have been dipping into Max Adams equally fascinating and frustrating book The Firebringers - Art, Science and the Struggle for Liberty in nineteenth-century Britain (aka The Prometheans). The cast of heroes, rogues, and geniuses is startling in its breadth and…

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Q Marks The Spot – Treasure Map 122 (December 2018)

Sacred Treasure An interesting (as ever from Phil!) perspective on church and community life from Sweden Peter Dray has a handful of interesting posts about the Ligonier Theology survey - first one is here Ukraine (including its regions now controlled by…

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