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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Incommunicado – a very short story

My mother writes to say that no-one understands my writing. What can she mean?

The Devil is in the DJs

Crazies ban music in Mogadishu (and the Somali ‘government’ attempts to ban the ban). For The First Post.

“Is Ash [sic.] bereft of normal human feelings?”

First Post article on rising racial tensions in South Africa, following the murder of Eugène Terre’Blanche (in which it transpires that the present author is a vile racist for not mourning the death of… a vile racist).

Two plays, one critic

Review of The War Reporter and One Small Step.

Second Thoughts

Very Short Stories* by ASH Smyth (et al.) * inspired by the Galle Literary Festival’s Opening Lines Project Antony Beevor In history, as in politics, intellectual honesty is the first casualty of moral outrage. In both disciplines, the first casualty of intellectual honesty is one’s wallet. David Blacker ‘He hit the morning, running, Benzedrine and [...]

Any ‘umbrella of tranquillity’ in a storm

In the first of the Great Artist Series, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, acclaimed French pianist Jean-Bernard Pommier performed three meisterwerk sonatas to a sell-out Goethe-Institut crowd. Mozart’s Sonata in D Major is a lightish confection, perhaps slightly more icing than cake, from an era when pianos were still quite piano and [...]