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A Brief History of the Chinese Who Came to Britain: Anna Chen’s Introduction to Hannah Lowe’s new poetry collection, Old Friends

Hannah Lowe’s new collection of poetry, Old Friends Published by Hercules Editions, May 2022 Introduction written by Anna Chen A Brief History of the Chinese Who Came to Britain How many Chinas are there? In 2022, two Grand Narratives jockey for position as the dominant conventional wisdom which will define China and its global diaspora: […]

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The Borgias – 0 Tudors – 6: review of the Showtime series starring Jeremy Irons

Suffering from withdrawal symptoms at the end of my DVD box set binge of The Tudors — superb pacy story-telling, complex characters you cared about, stunning costumes and jewellery — I looked for a replacement. One friend assured me that The Borgias with Jeremy Irons was as good as. How could it not be? The

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Working for the Clampdown: Niall Ferguson’s testosterone theory of history

Niall Ferguson “Killer Apps” episode, Civilisation Channel 4 Review by Anna Chen 10 March 2011 ‘Dominate, dominate, dominate.’ No, not an S&M dalek, but Niall Ferguson on the telly. I lost count of how many times this word, or variations thereof, came up in the first five minutes of Episode One of Ferguson’s Channel 4

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